Talk about priorities, eh?
But because of that article, I hung around to see about the suicide bombings in Indonesia and I almost was interested enough to click and learn how to peel a banana like a monkey, but instead I caught glimpse of a thumbnail picture of Obama and thought "Great.....what's he up to this time." And then I saw he had addressed a NAACP group and thought "Oh joy, reverse racism.....let's see how bad it is this time." Because normally that's all I ever see come from group meetings designated solely for one race, creed, or orientation. Sure, there will be some pride and community there, but mostly it's stones being cast at those who are unlike them.
But today, I can actually agree with Mr. Obama, and not because of the audience his comments were directed at (because I know many people of varied colors who need to hear the same message), but because of the message itself.
Mr. Obama encouraged his audience to take on a new mindset, to challenge themselves and encourage the youth to aspire to be more than celebritiy sports athletes or musicians, to reach for greater and better things than dependence on government programs.
"We need a new mindset, a new set of attitudes -- because one of the most durable and destructive legacies of discrimination is the way that we have internalized a sense of limitation; how so many in our community have come to expect so little of ourselves," he said.
That's where the problem lies for me.
But back to the message, because it was a relatively good one.
Mr. Obama said that he didn't want today's youth aspiring to be on tomorrow's sports fields, movies, television shows, or tabloids; he wanted them to be in labs and schools and hospitals and places where they can do good things and make a difference for the good of themselves, others, and our nation.
He credited his mother for his success and his current status and position in life, stating that she took no lip, no attitude, and no excuses. She loved him and because she loved him, she wouldn't accept less than what she knew he could do.
This is a great message to be getting out there.
I was just yesterday talking about our local school systems here and the issues with the kids and the lack of discipline and how the teachers can't be expected to control or teach them when the parents themselves don't enforce respect for themselves or others in the kids. They take nothing and no one seriously because they were never taught the respect anything or anyone.
It all starts at home.
We, as parents, are doing one of the most important jobs there is. And even us single parents. If there's another good message that can be taken from this man for whom I did not vote, it's the fact that Single Moms can do a dang good job, too, when we put our hearts, our heads, and our whole commitment into it.
Mr. Obama was right. Our children need to be encouraged to reach for the stars, they need to be encouraged to want great and wonderful things, even if it seems impossible. The ladies over at Looking Glass Lane will tell you, sometimes the only limits of possibility are the ones you, yourself, put there.
Encourage your children. Teach your children. Love your children.
The only way the future can be better than the present is if we teach the future to be better than the present.
The best way to do this?
The only way to discover the limits of the possible is to go beyond them into the impossible.
-Arthur C. Clark