For 48 of the past 58 years, I have prepared to go back to school this time of the year. It is a frame that is hard to imagine my life without and one of the reasons my "new year" falls on the Fall Equinox.
It is a digging-in time
and a ramping up.
A revamping of old ideas time.
Nothing need remain the same. Nothing does remain the same. Old mistakes can be made up for, and new directions taken. I hope that who I was will not always be who I am. I know I can change, and often have. Not everyone else allows me to change, but that is their issue, not mine this time. I hope I have the courage to admit fault, to make amends for my past errors. I know I have the grit to re-invent myself, and have done it often. Will you let me become someone new? I will let you.
We expect things to change, and yet, we often hold people to who they were years, even decades ago. We can help each other change simply by allowing them to, and even acknowledging that in them. I hope we can learn to do that with politicians too. What are they demonstrating now in response to new information and new times? How are they addressing and answering what his happening now? Do they address our concerns about how they handled something in the past? If so, then I hope we can move on. If not, then lets keep asking. It is a shame that we expect politicians to hold strong to positions they have had their whole lives. Non of us live in the same world we did when we grew up...when we were young adults....now that we are older. I hope we can allow new information to create new ideas and viewpoints, in ourselves, and in others.
It is up to all of us to let old ideas die, not just for those who want to lead. We all must ask: "how can I view this differently" and change they way I view the world." And that is how we lead from the bottom up.