May We Be the Change

These were my thoughts after watching the Presidential Special News Report 11/14/13.

I appreciate a United States President who extends prayers for those under intense struggle across the world. I value a Commander and Chief who takes responsibility, admits mistakes, expresses humility, offers apologies, admits frustration, encourages dialogue, and works tirelessly despite constant challenges (and the obvious impact on him) and much more… I appreciate the magnitude of what that job entails and the toll it must take on a conscientious person.

I am not a political person. I am not opening up my page to critical commentary of any kind here.

I DO want my friends, no matter your political affiliation, to remember and recognize the immensity of the job a president undertakes. I live with a man who presided as union president and did it to the best of his abilities, tirelessly, collaboratively and conscientiously. I slept alongside him as he tossed and turned some nights. I witnessed that no matter how well he did his job there would always be someone who wasn’t happy about something. It is the nature of being in high leadership. You are never going to please everybody. The level of responsibility and pressure is extremely intense, especially for a genuine leader who is there for the sake of service to others and not for the power or prestige.

I would like us all to simply appreciate what a president must endure in his/her job and give that person the respect that they are due. For generations, the United States presidency was treated with respect and so was whomever presided there.

There was a time we abided more by the Golden Rule. It is my wish that we, as a country, truly live by that value once again.

Let us live by Gandhi‘s creed. May we, “Be the change we wish to see in the world.”

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