Tuesday, November 18, 2008

My Change

Other than the Molly fiasco and heartbreak, I find my whole outlook on life has changed so much since the evening of November 4th of this year. It is a change I thought would maybe never come again.

For the first time in so many years I am looking forward to the holiday season. I’m looking forward to decorating and all that comes with the sweet sights and feeling of this time of the year. I’m starting to wonder if I have been in some form of depression for the last eight years.

I know that our troops are still targets in Iraq and Afghanistan. I know our economy is tanking and people are suffering as a result. I know our country is in a total mess. I know all this has not changed one bit since the evening of Nov. 4th, but one thing has changed, at least for me. I really believe there is a reason to hope and believe that things can and will get better. That’s not some platitude, that’s something I believe with all my heart.

When President-elect Obama talked about “change”, damn, he already made it happen, at least for me. I don’t know what changes he can make in DC, but I know what changes he has caused just in my heart and mind. I already owe him a dept of gratitude just for that.


Blogger Fran said...

I loved reading this - it is like it is now okay to be hopeful again.

November 18, 2008 2:52 AM  
Blogger Fixer said...

I'm with ya, darlin'. Thing is, and sorry to pee on all the hope, but, as we're seeing with the Lieberman issue, the Dems default to spinelessness. I have more hope for the future than I've had for years but Obama still has to work with the Dem 'leadership', and they still continue to suck.

November 18, 2008 3:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's that hope thing. I think that many (most?) Americans want to believe that things can improve and we're willing to let the new Administration take some risks to make positive change happen.

November 18, 2008 3:35 AM  
Blogger MRMacrum said...

Visit come conservative blogs and hope is not high on the list. This is what I dislike about our two party makeup. When one side is euphoric, the other side goes into sulk mode.

What I hope for out of all this, besides the usual better economy, jobs, blah, blah, blah, is that we have finally elected a leader who can pull us together. If Obama does this and nothing else, he will indeed be a hero in my mind. Effective instead of destructive leadership is what I hope for. We get that and everything else will follow.

November 18, 2008 3:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The lightworker! it's a miracle! we're saved! no more having to work for a living! My personal nightmare is over!

November 18, 2008 5:09 AM  
Blogger billie said...

aside from the jerk who left an anonymous comment- i agree with the positive message in the post and the comments. we didn't want and didn't get a 'messiah'- we got someone who didn't play to our deepest fears with lies, corruption and secrecy and inspired hope and for us to change ourselves and our way of life. we will always have hard times and taxes and recessions and military crap- we don't always get hope.

it's snowing here in upstate new york- and it is cold but lovely. sending a bit of the holiday weather down to you :)

November 18, 2008 5:25 AM  
Blogger Sherry Pasquarello said...

hope, it's precious.

November 18, 2008 6:03 AM  
Blogger Deb said...

change. It means different things to different people. For me, change can be hopefullness of a better life.
change. let us begin.

November 18, 2008 6:04 AM  
Blogger Randal Graves said...

I don't care who's pretzeldent, Xmas will always be annoying as hell, so stop it you hopeful hopers of hope!

November 18, 2008 6:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I noticed yesterday that my face was sore and I realized its because I haven't stopped smiling since Nov. 4, something I'd rarely done in the last 8 years.

November 18, 2008 6:47 AM  
Blogger Matthew Hubbard said...

My personal situation is grim, but I do look forward to having a president who I think is at least as smart as I am, instead of someone I know can't reason his way out of a paper bag.

November 18, 2008 7:19 AM  
Blogger fallenmonk said...

Glad you are feeling positive because that is a good thing and the good vibrations will spread. I feel it too but I am too impatient to wait for the change to really start making an impact. I just read about the USDA report on hunger in America and I want something to happen yesterday.

November 18, 2008 7:30 AM  
Blogger Forty Paws said...

We feel very positive also. We have hopes again.

Luf, Us

November 18, 2008 7:51 AM  
Blogger Targa said...

He has effectively removed "fear" from the hearts and minds of American. We are once again the land of the free, home of the BRAVE.

My biggest peeve about the current administration was/is their tendency to try to keep people scared and dependent. F'em. Can't wait for the 01-20-09.

November 18, 2008 8:09 AM  
Blogger Gledwood said...

oo i was all cynnical about Obama

not that I don't like him I do ... it's just, we had a similar situation with Tony Blair in 1997 honestly you could feel this golden springtime sweep the country... and the euphoria...

& it all came to dust

also what on EARTH is he meant to do about the economic problems? there isn't a politician in the world who could solve them

November 18, 2008 8:11 AM  
Blogger dguzman said...

I think I'm feeling a mixture of what you feel and what Gledwood feels. The problems we're facing are virtually insurmountable; there are no answers to some of the shit questions BushCo left us with. Still, I do feel hopeful that Obama won't make it WORSE, and that people around the world might just stop hating us so much. That goes a long way toward restoring the smile on my face. The guy is smart, cool, and organized. I trust him to give it his best shot. How long's it been since we could even say "I trust him"?!

November 18, 2008 8:27 AM  
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November 18, 2008 10:15 AM  
Blogger Anne said...

i am thankful, yet saddened that the clintons may well be dragged back into things. clintons=not a good change...but that's just me.

November 18, 2008 11:41 AM  
Blogger two crows said...

yep. hope feels like all the windows are finally open and the wind is sweeping through.

I don't know when or if the changes we need will happen. I do have at least a bit more hope that O & Co. will at least try to make things better-- which is one helluva lot better than we've had for 8 years.

so, here's to hope.

November 18, 2008 12:48 PM  
Blogger Targa said...

Okay, one more thing:

On the day after the election, I phoned my 75-year old father to ask him how he felt that morning. His (verbatim) reply: "Well, son, I opened the front door this morning and sunshine came in."

November 18, 2008 12:56 PM  
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