This is not a political blog. And I may be lacking some perspective. But it seems like we are standing at the edge of a precipice and I see my children inching their little toes forward every day as they grow and become more a part of the world outside of our home. Will there be something to stop them from falling?
I see a political landscape, both near and far, that has power over their everyday lives in large and small ways. I see that their future opportunities lies in the hands of others. That scares me. I want to know what to do about it.
The state of the union address is tonight. Will you be watching? Will your children?
What do you want to see addressed? I am not talking about political rhetoric or empty threats promises to take a stand. I am talking about real issues that would actually make an every day difference to you and your family.
I know I have learned more and more about where the responsibility lies. It can be so easy to place blame. It can be so easy to think you know what is right without fully understanding, or caring, about how things work and what consequences there might be. It can be so easy to shy away from national politics because of the vitriol and complexity, fear, ignorance, or frustration.
But that is where I keep coming back to.
Blame is never helpful, but if you want to blame someone, start with yourself. If all citizens of this country actually took responsibility for their own health, their family’s health, and the health of society seriously, imagine where we could be. We are all dependent on one another. We all rely on others to follow the laws and rules of society. We rely on others to hold up their end of the bargain, yet somewhere we are falling short. I don’t really care why or how, but this needs to change.
I believe one of our first responsibilities to ourselves, and others, is to try to understand the issues that are affecting, and dividing, us today. I believe that if we truly understand what is going on in our local communities, we can translate that knowledge to our national issues. We have to have engaged people who seek truth about the problems and work to find real solutions. Start small, but start somewhere.
photo credit: M.O. Stevens
Besides my continued passion about the health of children and their world, I am starting specifically with schools. It is where my heart and frustration are leading me. Now I just want to know where I should begin (again). We can do better. We HAVE to do better. At the very least for ourselves and for our families.
Quit waiting on the world to change and just make it happen.
Where will you start? How do you get involved?