11/5/08

I Still Have a Dream

I was reminded last night by Barack Obama's speech of the I Have A Dream speech of the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr....I was 13 years old when I heard that speech in 1963 and I was 18 when MLK was assasinated, and I've never gotten over either event.
But listening to Senator Obama it was clear that he was also remembering and referring to that speech...and a big part of me felt that maybe my generation had done a few worthwhile things in our time here...but there's also a part of me that is very afraid for the Senator and disappointed in my fellow citizens in their stubborn insistence on clinging to old bigotries and stereotypes.
We've come a fair way toward justice for all in this country, but we have a long way to go yet and no time to rest on our laurels. And if we don't stop treating this beautiful world of ours like a disposible roll of toilet paper, we're all going to be flushed down with it.
I usually focus on the positive and creative in this blog, mainly because I believe that focusing on the negative just strengthens it...but I wanted to stand up tonight and be counted...and to promise myself that I will work even harder in the future to be a fair and compassionate person and grateful for all the luck I've had in being born a citizen of this country at this time.
Bless you all.....and tomorrow we'll return to our regular schedule of creativity and sharing...

7 comments:

Penny said...

Thanks for your words. At this point in history our country is facing major obstacles -- the next few years will not be easy for anyone. I believe our new president will be able to help us through this -- but we must do more on our own also. We the citizens have created many of the problems we're facing and its up to each of us to do what we can to help each other through these times and to create a new and better America. Yes We Can!!!

Purple Girl said...

Bless you and happy happy happy birthday!!

Pursuing Art... said...

AMEN & BLESS YOU TOO!!!


I hope you are having a special day!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU...
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU...
HAPPY B I R T H D A Y DEAR BOBBI...
HAPPY B I R T H D A Y TO YOU...AND MANY MORE!!!

xo~Lisa ;-)

KV said...

Happy Birthday, Bobbi! Such a wonderfully reflective post on such an auspicious day . . .


Kathy V in NM

The Lone Beader said...

I couldn't agree with you more. And, I listened to Obama's Election night speech over & over again - like 10 times on YouTube! His words are very inspiring to me! I hope many other Americans feel the same way! :D

Robin said...

Ditto LB and if you haven't read Obama's two books, I highly recommend them... not only an impressive insight into self, race, family and leadership, they are also darn good reads. Thanks for making these posts, Bobbi... for standing up and being counted!

Robin A.

beadbabe49 said...

they're both on my reading list, robin...thanks for the reminder!