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It's been four days. The celebration of Barack Obama's historic win of the Presidency is just beginning to set into the consciousness of our country. As an African American woman, I am especially proud to see him ascend to the highest position in our government. I think it is a testament to the healing we have undergone as a nation in regards to race. But I also think it represents a growing desire of the American people for more truth, leadership and inspiration from our elected officials. And although his election in itself is something that could not have been predicted even a year ago, what I am most astonished by is the reaction from the world. When Barack Obama was named the projected winner of the Presidency, news traveled around the world in an instant. Images flashed across our television screens from Germany, France, Great Britain, Kenya, Japan and Australia--all celebrating our new President and the belief that the promise of America was still alive. There was joy, hope and yes, tears from a world of supporters who did not have a vote but had a stake in our election. After the difficulty of the past years, it's wonderful to again be living up to the greatness that is America. 

Many blessings,
Tiffany

 

Like many of you, I watched Barack Obama's acceptance speech last night for the Democratic's Party's nomination for President. Whatever you political leanings, you can't ignore the significance of the event. The first African-American nominee for a major party accepting the nomination on the 45th anniversary of Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech in a stadium of more than 85,000 cheering supporters. In response to this opponent's tactics, he called for the country to not make this "big election" about "small things." He asked for the country to say "enough" to the previous eight year's deference to big business and minimizing of the needs of its people. "I am my brother's keeper," he said. "I am my sister's keeper." I couldn't help but think, his message about aspiration and togetherness is both a political and spiritual one. Marianne Williamson, in her efforts to create a Department of Peace in Washington D.C., has spoken often about the intersection of spirituality and politics. Contrary to many, the two are not mutually exclusive. Our country has wisely kept religion out of politics but spirituality.....it encompasses everything we do and everything we are. Are we ready for a new approach to politics?

Many blessings,
Tiffany