Today, Barack Obama spent his first day in the office
This is the week of the new Presidency in the US of A and I’d resolved to write in response to events. My business, as it does, demanded my full attention today, and as evening came around, I was tired, with still lots to do, and very little idea what Barack Obama had done in his first day in office.
My favourite business in the village, Much do, had set me up with dinner – cold roast turkey and cherry foccacia (made by Gareth – I recommend it), and I was able to catch up with the events in Washington while I ate.
What a work ethic
I was amazed by what Barack Obama achieved in one day.
He spoke or requested to speak to each of the leaders closely involved with the dispute in Gaza. He spoke to his own military leaders including a linkup to the General on the ground in Iraq. He suspended activities at Guatanemo, pending review. He pronounced an ethical code including strictures on salaries in the White House.
A role model for role models
I felt a little sheepish at my fatigue, and also inspired. It is quite extraordinary how a role model, enacting a full and organized day, motivates us to do the same, and not by lessening what we have done, or chiding us, or exhorting us, but through showing the road ahead clear of obstacles, and suggesting that our contributions, too, are valued and invited.
We are not trouble guests on this earth
David Whyte, the poet, has a line that says
“You are not a troubled guest on this earth, you are not an accident amidst other accidents, you were invited from another and greater night than the one from which you have just emerged.”
From ‘What to Remember When Waking’ in River Flow.
What have you been inspsired to do by Barack Obama’s election?
Have you too, been tentatively, resurrecting projects, which you had pushed to the back burner in those hard decades, thankfully ended, when too much was rejected as too idealistic, too charitable, too sincere, too including, too worthwhile?
I’d be interested to know what today you believe possible and previously would only whisper when no one could hear.
I am watching with interest what tomorrow brings.