Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Change You Can Believe in for 2010

Maybe it's the 2008 election with its big campaign slogan, "Change you can believe in" and its mantra "Yes, we can!" which we all know traveled with us into 2009 that's got me on this positivity bandwagon, a place I've avoided. That's strange, however, because I never chanted any of that with the masses. I lean toward cynicism, and that's something that needs to change in me because it's impacting my personal self-mythology.

And now that this country may be sliding into utter disbelief because it went overboard with expectations for one man, I may need to shore up my meager positive reserves so I don't slide into the pit of negativity around the corner. Yes, I've been watching. It seems some Americans are coming down from the great "Change" high of the Obama campaign.

I'm here to tell you, however, that it was never about him. It was always about you, which I feel like he actually said someplace. I'm pretty sure he said that. He would have been stupid not to say that because he's a politician and a good politician never lets the ball stay in his or her court.

No this, post will not be about Obama. I'm just laying a little groundwork here for the state of mass consciousness impacting personal consciousness in positive thinking. WOW! I'm shocking myself here with my own spiritual, psychobabble double-speak.

Feel the tone of my opening. You've probably guessed by now that I am not the world's most positive person. I never bought into Obama's whole change mythology beyond the symbolism because I resist placing faith in one man to change a nation at least not in the elbow grease, concrete way some have believed. You know you are. You're the people currently fuming because he's sending troops to Afghanistan and didn't beat Congress over the head with a public option for Health Care.

I was always of a mind that if he gets all the stuff he's promised done, then way to go miracle worker! If he gets hardly any of it done, then he's still changed the world. That's another post entirely. Believe me.

Now, I know his opponents who may read this, the ones who applauded "I hope Obama fails" at the beginning of this year, are giddy in their seats because they are misreading what I'm saying here already. They're already forming their lips to say, "See, we told you so. Obama couldn't really change anything. He couldn't take this country anywhere."

Hold your horses, naysayers, because that's not what this post is about. Ironically, you don't believe that anyway. If you really believed Obama couldn't change something very fundamental about this country, you wouldn't be throwing those tea parties. You do believe he can change this nation. You just don't like the ways in which he might change it. In some ways, you believe Obama has more power than I do.

And that's what this post is about. Belief. What do you believe about this life? I'm not asking about your formal beliefs or what your priest believes, what your rabbi believes? I'm not even asking about the core beliefs of your blood clan? Neither am I asking what you believe about this country and the president. I'm asking what do you believe about your life specifically and how is what you believe about you shaping your personal life?

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3 comments:

SjP said...

Sista! Each and every word of this post is the truth and nothing but the truth!

As for Obama, he is just a man - and only a man. I've learned that when you put your faith in a man you allow that man to be in control of your own destiny.

As far as my beliefs...well, I believe - and try my best to live by my own personal mantra to be consistent, fair, and honest. Only by doing so, can I leave the pile higher than I found it for those who will follow.

Happy New Year, My Friend...Happy New Year...

lilalia said...

A Happy New Year! Your post is very astute. My grandmother used to say that change is measured in deeds and not words. No matter what people say about Mr. Obama, the number of deeds he has done in this last year has been impressive. I wish people, especially all those who committed themselves to that message in 2008, would reflect upon their own measure of deeds. We should ask ourselves concretely how many hours and how much effort we've invested in building better communities or changing social ills in the last year.

msladydeborah said...

Well said Nordette!

I think that people still put a lot of belief in the Moses Theory.

What's the Moses Theory? That belief that we need a leader who is sent with the specific mission to rescue us. We do not have to shoulder any of the responsibility for what needs to be done. We just pack up our belongings and head out to wherever we are lead. Once we arrive and realize that it is not exactly the place we want to be-we can start moaning and groaning again. Deal with our lot and wait until the next Moses shows up.