Whoa. What just happened? Does the end of 2008 at all resemble what we thought we knew twelve months ago?
In 2008, it seems that the world redefined itself. As the stock market fell, heroes like Michael Phelps and Dara Torres inspired us and new players like Sarah Palin and Rachel Maddox emerged on the scenes. And while headlines told us about the toxicity in our financial system, our food supply and our politicians, comedians kept us laughing when we otherwise might have cried.
Somehow we survived: the downturns, the corporate scandals and the crises. And we survived with our hope, faith and dreams still intact. Because that is who we are.
We are mothers, fathers, creators and nurturers. We are teachers, lawyers, accountants and writers. And the future rests in our resiliently remarkable hands. We are soundly educated, compassionately connected and have been given the tools to affect the change required to restore the world to one worthy of our children’s inheritance.
The opportunity is tremendous. The adventure is ours for the taking, but we must not be daunted by the enormity of the task at hand. Rather, we should collectively engage our passions and our minds and collaborate to develop a blueprint for change.