11/24/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated Nov 17, 2011

Change My World

My desk window faces the lot behind my office. Each morning as I sit
down to write, I watch the stream of the building's occupants make
their way to their cars, many with children straggling behind them,
weighted down with backpacks and posterboards and lunch boxes. My
favorite morning view though, is when the toddlers attending the day
care center in our basement embark upon their early recess. I silently
cheer them as they make their slow but steady way. Soon they too will
be laden with notebooks and then laptops, and the responsibilities of
growing up, and then of being grown. But for now, their job is just to
BE, and they do so with all of the carefree joy of childhood.

I thought about this early day ritual when I viewed a new music video
a friend sent me, called "Change My World." Anchored by an
incandescent Ayanna Stokes and featuring the Agape Children's Choir in
full exuberance, it is a call to action for those of us who already
have the power of the ballot and the ability to participate in our

The song is infused with words of power -- words such as
'belief' and 'hope' and 'dream.' The young voices are raised, in a
gently insistent chorus, to remind us that it is our obligation to
participate in this election. It is hard, given the current economic
climate, not to feel as if so much of this year's vote is about the
here and now of our country's financial state. But when I watch the
gathering of singers on my computer screen, and then peek out the
window and see my charges-from-afar make their careful way to and from
the park, I feel as if the stakes are even higher. I want to leave a world that is protected and prosperous and safe for my children, and all those tinier souls that my children were, once, not so long ago.

Although they do not know it yet, in their blissful sense of only
being, they are the future -- theirs, and yours and mine also. The
decisions and choices we make in two weeks, two months, two years, are
ones that will irrevocably shape how they are able to live their
lives. I, we all, wish for them peace and contentment and hope, most
of all. It is our duty, our moral imperative, to respond to these
songs, and to prayers perhaps not yet even thought nor uttered.

Hear the children in "Change My World." Listen to the even littler
voices in nursery schools and day care centers. Take heed. Take
action. Vote.