I said, write your name on your home work, this is what I got.
There’s this spot in the kitchen, right next to the door. A little wooden foot stool sits next to the doorway. I’ve sat in this spot for 5 years. The spot that was my kitchen nursing area. The spot that was my seat to play next to my baby while I cooked. The spot where I’ve watched people coming and going, dancing, drinking, kissing, hugging, fighting, crying, contemplating, pacing and growing. This spot has been my way of knowing the men were home for dinner. My way of knowing how many teenagers, roughly, we’re about to be congregating. My way of knowing my sister in law’s bike was moving in or out. My way of knowing if my keiki was awake, crying, playing, or climbing up the stairs. I’ve sat in this spot and thought about how many other places there are to sit. Couches, chairs, the floor…none seem as “safe” or as desirable as this spot by the door. I’ve sat alone in an empty house, at this spot and thought about how I could be taking a bath, painting, sewing, lounging if I wanted-but I don’t. I just sit. At this spot. Waiting sometimes, for my keiki to be done with school. Waiting to be needed. Feeling like this spot right here is the best spot, the only spot. 5 year’s sitting harmoniously with this little wooden footstool in this spot. Scooching, holding, admiring, consulting, drinking, thinking, planning, dreaming, loving, living and beginning, from this spot.
What makes America great? Better put, what made America great? It was innovation. creativity, hard work and goodwill toward one another. What will make America great again? Innovation, creativity, hard work and goodwill toward one another; not racism, prejudices, hatred, fear or mass media.
If America is to become great again, it is not through fear and hatred.
Neither Clinton nor Trump were or will “Make America Great Again” and it’s time for people to look within themselves and realize that it is up to each person to want to make America great again and that being divided is what will destroy us.
Henry Ford made America great through Innovation, so I leave this post with some quotes from him:
“Life is a series of experiences, each one of which makes us bigger, even though sometimes it is hard to realize this. For the world was built to develop character, and we must learn that the setbacks and grieves which we endure help us in our marching onward.”
“Don’t find fault, find a remedy.”
“You can’t build a reputation on what you are going to do.”
“What’s right about America is that although we have a mess of problems, we have great capacity – intellect and resources – to do some thing about them. ”
“You will find men who want to be carried on the shoulders of others, who think that the world owes them a living. They don’t seem to see that we must all lift together and pull together.”
I pray for this nation.
I write today, as a citizen of The United States of America in despair.
We are all united, not only in our desire to live in a country that has for generations held on to the firm idea of the American Dream but also in individuality, equality, and freedom. Today, our country takes part in the election of the next president. People across the world are watching, people who have great interests in the direction of this nation, and people who had never concerned themselves with it before-everyone suddenly caught up in this debacle. I believe people are holding their breath, biting their nails, and feeling the anxiety of uncertainty that is before us.
It is remarkable how divided our nation has become. It is appalling how we have allowed for intolerance, turned a blind eye to justice and have lost our common sense. No longer do people see the bigger issues, the conflicts that truly deserve our attention and action-instead we bicker like siblings fighting over toys. Over the last decade we have become merely “Likes” and snapshots on meaningless timelines. We have become disconnected from reality, from our communities, our families, our country. We rally our support for a cause only when we feel something is being taken from us, further digging the trench that divides us.
Dear America, you once stood so tall and the world looked at you as a beacon of greatness, now you are spoiled. Your citizens fight, kill, and slander one another and anyone considered foreign, be it in race, nationality, creed or personal lifestyle. Vanity, greed and dissociation have taken the place of hard work, sensible thinking and The Golden Rule. Your great land becoming polluted by those who plant their feet in your soil. I still have hope however. Hope that people can look back on this day and say with honesty that it went too far. That there’s still a chance to begin again, to become stronger and live not just for oneself; but in the service of others and the world. I have hope because I have seen people saying,”enough”. Enough hate, enough greed, enough pollution, enough of the hiding behind screens and passing the blame onto another. People who are making positive changes.
Today I bemoan the actions of my fellow countrymen that have led up to this election, tomorrow I keep moving forward despite the uncertainty that lies before us all.