So for the shadows that remain distance, current events are what I will write of -- A possible change point in the world I live, that may, or may not, have an effect, large or small. I guess it has already had an effect for I have chosen to write of it in these pages.
Every four years, of which this is one, the country I live in chooses who to entrust the leadership of our nation. In my lifetime these men, and all of them have been men, from whatever beginnings, have chosen a career in the field of public service -- senators, congressmen, governors -- and accepted the calling to represent us, me, as our president to the world.
In the 60's a Catholic president scared some; the 80's a Hollywood actor. In 2016 our nation faced a choice between two individuals, who in the history of our nation, had never taken up the call -- a woman and a man whose career included NO public service. Either choice was going to have us waking up to a new unexplored chapter in American history.
For decades to come we will read of hypotheses as to how we got here; a race to the presidency as never before experienced; an outcome few truly expected. Yet what will define this chapter is yet to be written. This new chapter begins with a woman who to some was just not "good" enough, left behind for a man that . . . it is yet to be seen.
In this new chapter divide looms large -- men vs. women, black vs. white; rich vs poor. The list is large. Or maybe, just maybe, it is the truest opportunity to change from a dividing line to a blending of extremes that rather than dilutes the extremes has them as catalyst that bring out all the shades in between. That male and female are more appropriate descriptions for the biological man/woman we presently use, allowing an individual to find their place on a spectrum of masculinity to femininity. All the same worth to our growth as a whole.
That black and white are simply two of the palette of colors that create the skin that holds our unique soul. The yellows, reds and browns providing further hue to make a portrait of our communities that is alive and vibrant, fueled by that unique soul in each and everyone of us.
And all the other extremes that seem to divide. Maybe, just maybe, this new chapter we are two days into with the extremes so clear can be the beginning of daring to embrace our totality -- all the shades -- in all diversity. That man/woman; black/white; rich/poor are simply too limiting, too bland to begin writing this new chapter. That maybe, just maybe, looking at all the shades we will grow stronger, as individuals, communities and a nation that continues to demonstrate the better nature of our angels.