Tuesday, February 10, 2009

"What if the mightiest word is love?"

I love America. I love the world. Brotherhood and sisterhood have no borders. My heart orbits the Earth, love cannot be measured in longitude and latitude. - Valentine Sterling

It's been three weeks since the historic inauguration heard 'round the world. And it feels as though it needs some reminiscing already. Yes, some partisanship in Congress is occurring, but I think for the most part, people want to believe in the message that our brand-new President is constantly forwarding to the country.

I didn't have the pleasure of attending the festivities in Washington, D.C. on January 20th, but I watched with a strange awe and confirmation of my already strongly held beliefs that we, as a people (and even some foreign peoples), were finally coming together on the same page. Yes, there will be challenges, and we won't always agree on everything. But in that moment, when President Obama took that most solemn oath, a message was sent around the world, loud and abundantly clear, that the status quo, the seemingly endless bigotry, and the sense that we lack connection between us all is coming to an impressive end. It was a message that gave a hope never felt before - a hope filled with oneness.

Through the television screen I felt the bristling, electric air that the millions of gatherers felt on the National Mall, peering up at the monuments around them, hearing those words. I felt the love - a hearty, real, omnipresent love. The kind that makes you think that anything is possible.

What if we felt this all the time? Every moment of everyday we could be aware of the love we have for one another - friend, stranger, family, foreigner, neighbor. What if it was in our every thought and action? What would the world be like then?

Elizabeth Alexander was right in asking, "What if the mightiest word is love?"