March 17, 2009

March 17, 2009
Rosy Optimism or Harsh Reality?

Thanks for stopping by to check out the latest happenings in my life. I am still resting up from a great trip to the Positive Living Conference and in the middle of another busy week.

I ended up giving my body the day off from working out because I had a very busy day of meetings and conference calls. We are working on our representatives here in our state capital, Tallahassee. Then off to fight for my community in DC.

What I would like to talk about today which is the latest about President Obama that upset me.

The other day I was listening to the Howard Stern radio show and they were talking about the mood of politics and most of the speeches given by President Obama in his early days in the White House. They noticed that often, Obama was mostly dour on the prospects of an economic recovery in the short-term, and was seemingly painting a realistic picture for the public about how far-reaching this economic crisis is, and that proposed and enacted legislation was not going to change or improve our fortunes anytime soon.

They then contrasted such dark realism with the hopeful optimism of Bill Clinton, and commented that President Obama had somewhat modified the mood of his speeches since talking with Clinton and other advisors about being more optimistic in his conversations with the American public.

Of course, it is no secret that our economy is in the doldrums, and that many companies and individuals are losing business and jobs every day, with high unemployment rates and a stock market reaching historically low numbers.

But what do we want from our leaders right now, outside of action and legislation to help our infrastructure improve and our financial and economic systems revitalized?

None of us want the typical pandering and butt-kissing from politicians, at least not of the insincere variety, but instead we appreciate being treated like adults and told the truth of what is going on, and what we can expect.

However, President Obama was largely elected on a platform of hope and change, and his ability to give inspirational speeches has attracted thousands to his appearances during the primaries. We can be told so many times that our economy sucks, and any signs of recovery may not be seen for a time, where by now, we probably understand all too well the gravity of our situation.

At this point, we are searching for any news or hint of good news, like today's news of the stock market's best run of positive gains this year. We need to be told that good times are ahead, no matter how far ahead that is, and regardless of whether we already believe it.

There are always complaints that the news rarely glorifies stories of a positive nature, that watching the local news at night is sometimes too depressing. We already know that things are bad now, and that things will turn around for the better. Maybe if the positives and the good things in our country and our communities were as constantly publicized and commented on by our elected leaders and the mass media as the negative stories, good things would naturally follow.

So remember to try and find the positives in life. I know I do.

Wishing you health, hope and happiness.

big bear hug,

Daddy Dab