Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Remembering what matters today

We are reminded every day that life if short, and then there are days that push it in our face.

Today is a great day in many ways. For the first time we have a president who is not from Northwestern Europe - breaking both the color and culture barrier. And we have a president who has the support of the majority to make some much needed changes in response to a bad and worsening financial crisis, and who will protect the rights of the individual.

But just as the giant wheel of history turns on a global scale, our little lives go on and this weekend I was reminded of how important it is to focus on the joy in every day. A friend of mine, a woman in her late fifties who is in terrific shape (she's a personal trainer) had a stroke and is not well. She's hard to understand right now, but as I talked with her I was reminded of what it felt like to be in the same hospital, post stroke, with loss of function, and wonder what would happen next. She'll fight back, but it's going to be hard work for her, physically and financially.

I know I'll cry at the inauguration today. It'll be a complex of emotions: thrill that we've broken the color barrier, belief that better leadership will make a difference, joy that we'll have an administration that will protect women's rights..... but also - despite my very stressed daily business life - celebrating the simple joy of the moment which I am lucky to have. We'll be watching it in the office, all but one of us who will be there!

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