The world has changed as words were exchanged and a man took the reins of a battered country today. Barack Obama is now in charge of the United States, a nation in sore need of healing.
As a American living on foreign soil I wonder what this next years will bring to the world. Will Obama be man enough to heal the nation? Will his administration fail to live up to the dreams that the world has or exceed expectations? Will being American still be a black mark while walking down another nations streets?
Watching the change in atmosphere has been exciting. I am generally a glass half full person but there’s a part of me looking at the empty glass. With so much hope is the nation and the world at large putting to much faith that in a short time the United States will be visibly on the mend are we setting ourselves for failure? Is it possible to undo years of damage in days, weeks, months?
Each step in the right direction will be a healing balm. The cure though is years away. The United States has been ‘sick’ for such a long period that the recovery time will not be quick.
As in any long term illness there will be many steps back for every step forward. There is no quick fix. While the hopes and dreams say tomorrow will be wonderful, reality has to pass rose coloured glasses.
In time though the United States will heal. The poor will not fear a knock on the door saying they have to leave their homes. Mothers will take their children to the doctor when they first become ill instead of when the child is struggling to survive.
Americans will once again proudly walk down other nations roads not fearing that they are hated.
But that is many tomorrow’s away. Tomorrow is the start of the cure. Tomorrow the first prescriptions will run through the veins of Congress changing the course of the illnesses that affect the nation.
Today is for celebrations. Tomorrow is when the hard work begins.
Let the cure come soon, but let the cure be a total cure and not a bandage. Bandages fall off. They are a temporary measure.
The time has come to change the course. It’s time to find happiness, health and over-all wellness.
No shortcuts. No settling for less than a total cure.