Let America be America Again

“Out of the rack and ruin of our gangster death,The abuse and rot of graft, and stealth, and lies,We, the people, must redeemThe land, the mines, the plants, the rivers.The mountains and the endless plain—All, all the stretch of these great green states—And make America again.”As many of you may recognize, this is the final stanza of Langston Hughes epic poem, “Let America be America Again”- Written in 1935… instead of red or blue states, please note that he calls them GREEN states- symbolic of nature and healthy growth!  This was the first time I read his poem and I was very moved… Please click on the link above to enjoy the entire poem when you get a chance.Wikipedia explains that “the poem speaks of the American dream that never existed for the lower-class American and the freedom and equality that every immigrant hoped for but never achieved. In his poem, Hughes represents not only African Americans, but other economically disadvantaged and minority groups as well. Besides criticizing the unfair life in America, the poem conveys a sense of hope that the American Dream is soon to come.”  Why haven’t we made much progress in the last 80 years?I truly believe that we are ALL in search of a deeper meaning and purpose in life, and this has played out in the Presidential election of 2016.  Many people are hurting today, for so many different reasons- we can’t possibly begin to understand it all.  Yet we can have a dialogue and listen to one another; especially when we speak with respect and without inaccurate assumptions…

The American Dream

Did you know that the American Dream was first described by James Truslow Adams in 1931- "life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement" regardless of social class or circumstances of birth.  That was only a few years before my mother was born; in the midst of the Great Depression.  Is this still a common vision, or it time for a new vision; one that we re-create together?The challenging part of the dream is that it is just THAT, a dream!  I encourage each one of us to take a few moments in silence and solitude tonight, and do some deep breathing and go within…  find that quiet, peaceful place of strength and courage and ask yourself about YOUR American Dream!  It’s probably different than mine and that’s GREAT!  Yet we also need a common foundation, grounded firmly in the Constitution.  Don’t keep looking outside for answers- the pundits and experts don’t know your heart and no political leader is going to have the answers you are seeking.

What will YOU add?

So… What is YOUR story?  How did you come to America?  What gives meaning to your life & what will you share with our country?  What do you aspire to leave as your legacy?  Personally, I need authenticity- deep and juicy!  Unearthing the darkness, within the shimmer of light.  Seeking balance and wholeness with a positive, realistic focus and sharing that with others-  my reason for living, not just existing.Agreeably, it’s been a crazy year!  Now what?  We can all focus on the negativity, with our noses pinned to our smart phones; yet without more work from each of us, it won’t get better on its own.  As we all “say our piece” it ultimately needs to be about healing and reunification- not about blaming or shaming.  What that includes is my willingness to look at my own short-comings, my Shadow, and to do the work of accepting/ healing myself first, and then our country.  You do the same... Once we all get honest, we, the people, can get whole.  Let’s strive to work together to help “make America again”.God Bless America!  Good night...