January always presents a new beginning. It magically opens up space for new resolve, perspectives, and energy (pun intended) to be better and do more. The good news for 2013 on the national front is the reboot of a progressive mandate. Witness the Administration’s new resolve to tackle the three E’s - the economy, the environment, and equality (Inaugural Address, 2013):
For we, the people, understand that our country cannot succeed when a shrinking few do very well and a growing many barely make it. We believe that America’s prosperity must rest upon the broad shoulders of a rising middle class. We know that America thrives when every person can find independence and pride in their work; when the wages of honest labor liberate families from the brink of hardship... We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations... The path towards sustainable energy sources will be long and sometimes difficult. But America cannot resist this transition, we must lead it... We, the people, declare today that the most evident of truths –- that all of us are created equal –- is the star that guides us still.
Aahhhh, makes the heart and spirit soar. But of course, we're all aware of the high rate of broken resolve and failed good intentions. That's because change is not easy. It means fighting the status quo, complacency, and challenges. Recognizing that there are clear and present dangers to the Inaugural vision for a new and better America, let me leave you with these final words:
That is our generation’s task -- to make these words, these rights, these values of life and liberty and the pursuit of happiness real for every American.... You and I, as citizens, have the power to set this country’s course.
We can chart the path if we continue to work together. Happy New Year and thanks for being a part of the Emerald Cities family.