Monday, January 21, 2013

His Story (and Ours, too)

It was never by design, I assume, that today would be the holiday marking the 84th birthday of the late Doctor Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Second Inauguration of the first African-American to be elected to the Presidency of the United States of America, Barack Hussein Obama. And yet that is exactly what is and will be happening today.

We live in interesting times-actually we live in the most advanced moment in the history of civilization on this planet...until the next moment gets here, and then the one after that and the one after that. Progress is both a journey and a destination; it is a noun and it a verb. And it is each of us and all of us. Today, together. always.

I cannot imagine ever campaigning to be the President. I ran for president of my fifth grade class in Catholic grammar school (and lost) and that was my sum of experience. To run, to win and to be the focus and focal point of so many hopes and aspirations and fears and anger (in politics as in physics, every action has an equal and opposite reaction) must be both humbling and exhilarating.

If the life and times of Dr. King showed us what was considered possible, might I suggest the election of Barack Obama showed us what was impossible. We are all making history today and none of us know where the story goes tomorrow, and for all the tomorrows which remain. The sky is no longer the limit since we know there are footprints on the moon. Make your own leap-and write your own story but be quick about it. Time flies.
-bill kenny

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