Thursday, January 22, 2009

What’s So Darn Attractive About Obama?

I keep on asking myself that question. No, it’s not his good looks, his intelligence, his oratory skills, or any of that. I say that, because if he had not become president, we would have said it was because he is black, elite, and out of touch with average Americans. There is something elusive about him that makes us think that he can lead us out of the mess we’re in.

He has a sense of who he is and what he wants. No, he is not arrogant and pushy. He is not selling us anything. He is not fake or gaudy. He is truly confident. He is full, not empty. He is full of substance, not hot air. He doesn’t need anything, he has everything. The everything that he has is not measurable, or even tangible. He is everything we all want to be. But the beauty of it is, that he is offering that possibility to us. In fact, he is taking it out of the realm of possibility, deep into the realm of probability and firmly into reality. He is not going to do it for us, but he is making us believe that we can do it, and he is urging us to go where he has gone.

Now the question remains, how? How do we become full and complete? How do we fill ourselves with that which cannot be measured or evaluated? How do we become certain of who and what we are? How do we act from that certainty, and what do we do?

Now that we have elected someone who represents all that we can be, it is time to answer these questions. It is time to wake up from our deep slumber and find a way to be that which we so desperately seek.

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