The last few weeks of a year are times for reflection and preparation. I am personally battle-weary from politics and yearning for a 2011 that focuses more on positive public policy and better leadership. Our southern heritage should push us toward a mindset based on personal choices, decisions and consequences rather than waiting for the government to solve our problems and issues. We need fewer self-generated problems and issues.
I want to hear more from Obama next year…FLOTUS Michelle Obama. Mrs. Obama wrote a wonderful letter to Black women in September’s issue of Essence Magazine (okay I was too busy watching college football to read Essence cover to cover like normal until now.) The First Lady might be the most moderate person in the president’s inner circle and if working families modeled themselves after families of old like hers, we would be much better as a nation. Those Robinsons were clearly determined people who were going to have something in this life and who watched how they “carried themselves.”
In another part of the same Essence issue, a quote from the First Lady’s speech at a D.C. high school graduation stated, “If you want a life free from drama, then you can’t hang out with people who thrive on drama.” I generally admire all the first ladies of my adult life but this one has the opportunity to reduce federal spending if the hardheaded would take heed to what she should be saying.
A great Christmas gift is a subscription to Essence magazine for our youth—boys and girls. If a guy spends time reading about these type women and their vibe, he would have a more rounded development. Hey, you can give Essence via the net using your airline rewards programs with a few clicks of the mouse. We could be better in the future or actually reverse past gains. The Chinese are fully focused while many American kids are getting softer by the day. It’s time for frank, wise people to step up and tell the needed yet painful truth.
Hey, it’s Christmas and the homies are returning from the war zone in good health; which is all I want for Christmas. I hope young people spend time during the holidays listening to positive family members like military veterans, sage uncles/aunts and the treasured seniors. We could have better days if we worked at it.