Obama – change – election – voting – write-in – economy – crisis
Originally posted at Writeindependent.org on Sept 4, 2011
Remember Obamas big campaign slogan: CHANGE ?
What were we expecting? We wanted something different, but what exactly was that?
Obama represented a difference, but he never really told us HOW he was going to change things. Specifically, how? Yes, he made some promises. Did he deliver on them? Hmmm
How different are things now, anyway?
Have you ever been in a relationship where you wanted the other person to change? How did that work out for you?
Think back on times in your life when you changed. Did it happen overnight? Or was it a slow process?
Sometimes change happens because you make a life-altering decision. You decide to stop smoking, to quit a job, to get engaged to someone you love.
But a lot of times, you change because of something that happens to you. You didnt make a decision, because life foisted something upon you that, many times, you didnt even expect would happen. For example, when you:
Lost a job
Won the lottery or started making much more money than usual
Lost a loved one
Moved to a new place, a new house, a new community
Realized you were very sick, that your health was threatened
Fell in love
Found out someone was cheating you
Welcomed a new child into your life
Experienced a tragedy
Celebrated a milestone
These are examples of events that happen to you that drastically change your life. And then, sometimes suddenly, sometimes slowly, you change.
When we expect other people to change our lives, we are quite often disappointed. That is because other people cant change your life. Or wont. And when that happens, guess what? Its up to you to change it yourself.
If your life has been horrible because of the economy, or because you lost your house, or because your sister-in-law just wont do what you asked her to do, think again. Maybe its time you reflected on how you could make things different.
When people blame the President for the economy, I have to grin. Its not Obama that has to change this country (although it would help if he would show some leadership!) Its each of us, going through our very own lives, who has to want to change something.
Changes are coming. And I promise you: they will be good. Stay tuned, because I have something up my sleeve. Keep in mind that you will have to make a decision or life will just happen to you.