More Than Just A President.

Via HawaH
on Nov 7, 2012
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I’m going to cut right to the race. Obama stirs a feeling no other candidate has that I remember in my short-time living.

I don’t agree with all of Obama’s views and policies; however, I feel a spark of purpose in his life and timeliness. Part of me quietly dreams and hopes that for every Osama there must be an Obama—a counter weight, a balancing of the scales, the love that hate produced.

But inside I also know that Barack Obama is not nearly enough, a step in the right direction, maybe. But this is about more than just a president.

We have to step with Obama and now ahead of him.

This is much more than stepping to the voting booth and casting our ballot. That’s only one simple way of engagement. We can’t live our lives behind curtains, casting votes in private. We’re voting every day.

(Even those who choose not to vote—sorry to break the news to you… but you not voting is actually still voting!)

With greater impact, by where we spend our money. What we buy and which company is producing it. We vote everyday by the seat we choose to give to the stranger on the bus, walking or riding our bicycle instead of taking our car, or that child we spend time with and mentor.

We vote everyday… simply by opening our mouths. By fearlessly addressing injustice when confronted by it… by laughing, smiling and spreading joy to others, even those who have caused us pain.

Editor: Lynn Hasselberger

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About HawaH

HawaH is an artist, author, educator, yoga teacher and community organizer. In the year 2000, he co-founded One Common Unity, a non-profit organization that inspires a culture of non-violence through arts, media and music. He has released four books, two musical CD’s, and produced three documentary films. His fourth book, The Poetry Of Yoga, is a 2 volume anthology set featuring the writing of 300+ yogi poets from 19 different countries. In his spare time he enjoys: finding new foods to mix with chocolate, climbing trees and buildings, doing handstands on furniture, hiking through mountains with flip flops, body surfing ocean waves, making animal sounds and bird calls, enjoying a glass of wine at high altitude, lighting candles in dark rooms and traveling. His personal work can be discovered at Everlutionary.


3 Responses to “More Than Just A President.”

  1. Ben_Ralston says:

    "We have to step with Obama and now ahead of him."
    Right on.

  2. Joe Sparks says:

    Very good article! My perspective is that Capitalism is going to fail. Everything is probably going to fail in our lifetimes. We need to face reality. This lastest event with hurricane Sandy, is just the beginning. However, to guide that big change so that it isn't too destructive is going to take people like ourselves and others who can think, like you. Thanks.

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