Wednesday, January 21, 2009

1st Step on a 10000 Mile Journey

I was working at home Tuesday but didn't watch any of the inaugural ceremony. One of my right-hand co-workers who also works from home is a huge Obama supporter and she watched the festivities.

"They're driving down Pennsylvania Avenue!" she e-mailed. Shortly after that she e-mailed again to say that now they had gotten out of the car and were walking down Pennsylvania Avenue.

I wrote back and told her that they shouldn't have chosen to ride in an American car if they expected to go the entire way without it breaking down and causing them to have to walk the rest of the way, haha.. Yes, I just had to get in my little digs.

Like so many Obama supporters, she is hopeful that our new president will be able to turn things around. I hope so as well. Today he told everyone it's going to take a lot of work to do so and we all have to chip in and share responsibility for making it happen.

Well, it is up on the soapbox day today..

In a "me first" country like this, I wondered how long it would take before the grumbling started when people realized that this meant THEY are part of the group that needs to take responsibility. We're all going to have to pitch in, and to some extent, more or less, we're all going to be feeling the pain. Will everyone be as enthusiastic when that happens?

Flip Wilson used to do a routine with him as a preacher, getting his congregation all worked up about building up their church. He started out by telling them that the church had to move, but first it had to crawl. After it crawled, it would start to walk, and after it started to walk, it would start to run, etc., etc. and with each step the congregation got more and more enthusiastic (naturally I have nowhere near the flair with this as did Mr. Wilson).

Then when he got to the end, he told everyone that in order to make all this happen, they needed to raise a lot of money.

After a moment of silence, everyone started shouting, "let it crawl, let it crawl!"

We all wanna go around Costco getting our lunch for free from the food sample tables. Or be like the Little Red Hen. Or Flip Wilson's congregation. Our new president is asking us not to be like that, but to share in the work that needs to be done.

I wish I could find a video of that church skit but it isn't on YouTube. Well, maybe this one is more appropriate anyway. I hope so..

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