12/10/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Hope Won...Now What?


Hope won last Tuesday. Many hearts broke open with joy with this result. What many never thought possible in their lifetime -- an African American as the United States President -- became possible. In fact it became more than possible, it became a reality. So now as many of us celebrate this history-making moment and revel in the excitement of what this means for our country, just as many are wondering what we will do to keep Hope the winner.

Proposition 8 in California, the measure to put a ban on same sex marriages, passed by a slim margin -- making it illegal now for gay partners to marry and celebrate their love and commitment in the same way that heterosexual couples can. Can those Americans who are being denied this human right still be hopeful? Will hope win here?

Can we also stay hopeful in the midst of market meltdown and the calamity of being amidst two economically and emotionally draining wars? How about staying hopeful as health insurance claims are denied and our children are struggling at their underfunded schools? If things get worse before they get better, will we lose hope? And if we lose hope, then what?

Our new President elect, Barack Obama, gave us all a call to action to serve our country in some way during his acceptance speech on Tuesday night. Are we ready step up to this challenge? What will you do personally to help your country?

I believe that if we can come together in a commitment to choose love and compassion over hatred and division, then no matter what we are challenged with -- we will come out as winners. I am proud of our country, proud of one another and proud to live in this time of great change. I think that with as many challenges as we face right now, we can in fact do it! Yes we can! Yes we can!! Let this great mantra awaken you each morning with a positive attitude and faith. No matter what side of the political river you are on, if we can come together to help others in need (which ultimately is most all of us), we can truly make a positive and lasting difference in this world.

I thought Congressman John Lewis of Atlanta who marched with Martin Luther King Jr. during the Civil Rights movement put it beautifully on Wednesday when he said, "I felt that Barack Obama had been tracked down by the spirit of history and was allowing himself to be used for the common good." Can we also allow ourselves to be used for the common good?