I am a fan of Ellen DeGeneres. I like her positivity and optimism. I appreciate her bravery for championing causes that make a positive difference in people’s lives and in the world. I believe she is dedicated to creating her best life and to helping other people create their best lives too. And, I enjoy watching her over the top enthusiastic fans compete for prizes in strange and imaginative ways.
The other day I was watching when a young woman competing in one of Ellen’s games was asked, “What woman recently announced her candidacy for the office of the president of the United States.” The young woman was understandably nervous and excited and possibly she did know the right answer but she replied, “I don’t know. I’m not political.”
I was embarrassed for the young woman for two reasons. First because as a woman and citizen of the United States she did not seem to know the answer, Hillary Clinton. Second and most importantly because her statement, “I’m not political,” represents a growing apathy in our country, and sheds light on a growing global lack of interest in helping to be the change we want to see.
Going into politics and caring about who we elect to represent our concerns are two very different things. As a united citizenship we must care to move us from the current status quo of feeling powerless to a position of “Hey, I do have the power to make a difference.”
I admire good people who want to be public servants. Especially now when good people are working hard to breathe new life and spiritual consciousness into a broken and frustratingly slow system. Yes, we have tons of problems. We deal with corruption, big business wanting to run the entire show, inequality, and political machines that seem to be stuck in constant filibustering and intentional acts of sabotage to push through the private agendas of the few.
Yes we have lots to deal with on a global scale. But today I want to get you fired up so you join me in actually creating a better life for our children, and their children, and their children’s children.
All positive change comes about because we care. To be the change we want to see in the world we must CARE. Especially when we feel powerless. Because it is when we feel our voice does not matter that we must realize it most certainly DOES.