Sparing Change

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Change is inevitable. Many people choose to live purposefully ignoring this fact. One can choose to live trying to avoid change, but this will prove to be a waste. As we all meander through these times striving to maintain a balance and stability we must realize that this change, even if it is sudden and unnerving, is inevitable.

My older brother, by 6 years, recently made a giant leap in life and chose to attend law school this upcoming fall semester. He has moved across the country and is starting his life anew in an unfamiliar land. This change has been planned and welcomed, but there are sure to be many unplanned obstacles along the way.

My brother has confidence in his abilities to perform in law school at an admirable level, and I do not have a doubt in my mind that he will do so. But, I am sure that there will be times where he questions his determination and ability to accomplish this goal. Many of us feel this same type of doubt in our abilities when we are faced with challenges.

The citizens of the United States of America voted for change on November 2nd, 2008 and that change is now coming to fruition. “Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek” (Barack Obama, speech, Feb. 5, 2008).

This change is coming to the forefront of our lives in the form of Cash for Clunkers, Universal Healthcare, our economic recovery and our foreign policy. We now have a rational and deliberate President who is someone that will guide us towards this change.

[googmonify]2325482042:left:200:200[/googmonify]Many Americans, and corporations, are upset that things are changing. They protest at Town Hall meetings, spend money to advertise their side of the battle and they try to change the minds of people to stay away from “Scary Change.” This change is scary and it is scary because we have never addressed these issues quite like this before. We may have tried to put a band-aid on healthcare, but we didn’t want to use the words “Universal Coverage,” (I guess many people are opposed to everyone having healthcare in this country) instead we restructured healthcare with vague and little-known laws.

We have tried our hands at economic recovery many times and it is often a messy proposition. But, this time we are trying something new, we are trying massive government intervention, the likes of which have never been seen. This is scary for me and I am sure it is for many of you. But this is change and it is inevitable.

We should not be gun-ho about this change only because it is inevitable, but rather because it is necessary. People need health coverage and we (as the USA as a whole) need to stop acting like spoiled children throwing a temper-tantrum when we don’t get what we want. These things need to change.

My brother will be starting his first year of law school in a few weeks and he knows that this is something that he must do. He is fortunate, because he has a loving wife (they are newly-weds) and she will also be going to the same law school. They are taking on this change together. So when one of them has a doubt they will then be able to rely on each other for support and encouragement.

Similarly, we must support our President. Just like the times of September 11th 2001, we must support our President. The changes that are occurring are not easy to deal with and I understand why people are reluctant to support many of these changes. But, if we attempt this change together we will succeed. We will be able to provide Universal Healthcare for our children, the world will respect us once again and we will continue to have the strongest economy in the world.

Or, we can ignore these things and be scared. We can stay fearful and start to rely on the systems of old that prove to fail. We can hold onto our ignorance and our roots and decide to run away. But this has never been what America is about and it should never be what we are about.

“All of us share this world for but a brief moment in time. The question is whether we spend that time focused on what pushes us apart or whether we commit ourselves to an effort, a sustained effort to find common ground, to focus on the future we seek for our children and to respect the dignity of all human beings” (Barack Obama, speech, Jun. 4, 2009).

I do not agree with all of Obama’s legislation. I am one of those people who are weary of drastic change. But, in this instance I am strapping my helmet on tightly, buckling up my seat belt and I am preparing for the ride of a lifetime. At least we don’t have to prepare for the first year of law school. Unless, you happen to be my brother and his lovely wife.

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