What a Day

What a Day

Yesterday we celebrated the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. and his promotion of nonviolence while today we celebrate the inauguration of our new President, Barack Obama.

President Obama said the following in his speech today, “Starting today, we must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off and begin again the work of remaking America.

“For everywhere we look, there is work to be done,” he said, ticking off needs in the areas of the economy, energy, education and myriad other fronts. “All this we can do, and all this we will do.”

A single person can not change the country or world, but together, change is possible.

I applaud everyone in the mediation, and conflict resolution/alternative dispute resolution world that practice, teach and promote the values and concept that communication can lead to understanding, which then can lead to genuine peace (especially the volunteers!).

Finally, on this historic day, I quote another champion of the peace and nonviolent path, Mahatma Gandhi, “Be the change you want to see in the world.”

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