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"Our Nation turns its lonely eyes to you"

Posted by griffithd@ecsphilly.org on November 8, 2020 at 8:50 PM

2020 has been dark, even in the bright days of summer.


But even amid darkness, we have seen rays of light and hope.


Shift changes at medical centers at the height of Covid. Horns honking and individuals cheering and clapping as doctors and nurses came and went about their round changes. With 220,000 deaths and climbing, we see births, marriages, virtual graduations. With record unemployment and shutdowns, we see businesses reinventing and finding new ways to make a buck.


We have a long winter ahead and many, many challenges to overcome. This week seemed incredibly daunting as funding cuts and revenue loss drive hard decisions in many businesses, including my own agency. Racial inequity, very much in the news, impacts many of our participants and employees. On top of it, the election was on all our minds. We were going into Philadelphia, and Paul Simons classic came over the radio.


Sitting on a sofa on a Sunday afternoon

Going to the candidates' debate

Laugh about it, shout about it

When you've got to choose

Every way you look at this you lose

Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio?

Our nation turns its lonely eyes to you

Woo, woo, woo

 

And the radio broke in for an announcement that Joe Biden, a different Joe, had carried Pennsylvania and was now President-elect. We turned onto to 6th street by Independence Hall. The mall was filled with people, cheering and waving signs and flags. Through the City, you head honking and cheering. Frankly, it was good to feel democracy working.

 

Yes, we are in dark days, with a nation divided and perhaps on the brink. Leadership matters and we need to heed Lincoln's words that a house divided cannot stand, let alone beat a pandemic, or play on the world stage. Nevertheless, one can only hope that a leadership change will bring hope, healing, tolerance, and mutual respect back into our national discourse. Can we learn that our self-interest starts with our neighbors?

 

We may disagree on many things, but let us decide that a healthy, growing American that can lift all boats with equal opportunity and equal justice is worth looking past our differences and finding common ground. It is time for all of us to answer that higher call. Throughout the City Saturday, and in the President-elect remarks that night, I heard a call to service and a willingness to listen and find common ground. I pray that the call is answered by all of us, both Red and Blue. There is a reason it is "We the People."

 

Indeed Mr. President, Mr. President-elect, and all of our elected leaders,

 

Our nation turns its lonely eyes to you.

 

Please lead all of the nation.

 

Categories: Leadership, Muddy Boots

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