Monday, May 2, 2011

The Long Road Ahead

Osama Bin Laden is dead. I feel equal parts relief and fear of retaliation. More than anything, I think about the long road ahead. I want to see our troops come home. I want to see our nation come together regardless of politics, religion, race, social status, etc. I hope we come together to heal.

The psychological wounds and scars are the ones we need to address. This should be priority #1 when we get our troops home. Mrs. Obama has launched a new campaign called "Joining Forces." This concept rocks. And it's critical to support this campaign (again, regardless of your political preference). I think we should extend this to include everyone affected--the entire nation--but especially those struggling on a daily basis. I think you'd be unpleasantly surprised to know how many do.

Pay it forward. Pass on a kindness. Help your neighbor. Hold open a door for a stranger. Let traffic merge. Ask someone how they're doing and be interested in the answer. Listen and care. Take coffee or a meal to a single parent or military family. Mentor a child. Write a letter to a soldier overseas. Better yet, write a dozen. There are hundreds of ways we can each help. What will you do?

“I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something that I can do.” ~Helen Keller

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