Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Inauguration Day thoughts.

No dilemma here today; just happiness and an eagerness to make things happen.  I think that's the general feeling in the United States today, and in other parts of the world as well.  People want to see change and they want to make change.  Not everyone has a line of service projects waiting for them, though, and I know some people are wondering where they can start.  Here are a couple of ideas for you.
  1. Sign up at http://usaservice.org to get updates about service projects happening in your area.  President Obama is serious about all of us working to make our nation a powerful example for the rest of the world.  Nothing does that better than giving your time and effort to make your own community a better place.
  2. Help the environment in any way you can.  There are many, many small things you can do that will each have their impact.  Buy reusable shopping bags, keep them in the car, and don't get discouraged by the mystified looks you'll see on clerks' faces.  Start your own container garden or other small garden so that the vegetables and spices you use don't have to travel by truck or plane all the way across the country (or oversea).
  3. Keep an open mind when dealing with your fellow man.  People get in our way from time to time, and sometimes it seems as though you want the exact opposite of the people around you.  The important thing to remember is that they usually don't want to be in your way; they usually didn't start their day thinking about the joy they'd have in holding up others and preventing things from happening.  Everyone out there is just as busy as you are, and they're trying to work for the same thing: a better life.  Remember that.  Respect your neighbor's right to try and better their life in the way they feel is best.  Help them where you can, try not to hinder where you can't.
You have your objectives.  Go out and make them happen.  Make yourself proud of the work that you've done.

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