Posted: 15 Jan 2011 11:47 AM PST
Last week Barak Obama went to Tuscon to commemorate the victims and survivors of the previous weeks shooting. His speech was moving and inspiring, it was also a profound call to action for all of us.
Referencing 9 year old Christina Taylor Green, who died in the shooting, Obama said:
“I want to live up to her expectations. I want our democracy to be as good as Christina imagined it. I want America to be as good as she imagined it. All of us – we should do everything we can to make sure this country lives up to our children’s expectations.”
Unsurprisingly given the context, Obama specified America and children, but if we broaden it out, isn’t this the truth:
We should do everything we can to make sure our society lives up to our own childhood expectations and those of the next generation.
What are the implications of this?
We should avoid any actions we are not proud of.
When our moment comes to make a difference and a contribution we MUST take it.
We must not be deterred from our course by other people’s fears.
We must not fall short because of our own unwillingness to step up.
We must find the courage, determination and communication to lead. To embolden ourselves to perform at our best and inspire those around us to their own greatest endeavour.
When enough of us are willing to step up to our full achievement, to go beyond what we might rationally consider possible, we change the world.
It is those who make these choices who change the world and make it live up to the dreams of children.
When your moment comes, don’t hesitate. It is your moment.
At last, another book – Magic Monday – the compilation of six years of the best of these Monday morning e-mails is available as an e-book. (There will be a print edition when I can make the time).
Also, working with my wonderful friend Dawn Waldron, we have written a new, thorough and really easy to use Life Purpose work book.
You can get your copies here.
Best of TED this week: Birke Baehr with the brilliant clarity and wisdom of youth about our food systems. Watch his TED talk, put it on your web site, link to it and talk about it to everyone you meet. I have put it on www.neilcrofts.com
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