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Yes, I’ve spent most of the day watching this day’s events on CNN. I cried some. No, I cried a lot – from joy and from relief. We all watched and listened to this extraordinary man detail out for us what needs to happen in the days and years ahead, and WE are not only invited, but challenged to participate at a level unheard of in recent times.
In his inaugural address, President Obama talked about who we are as citizens. Here is an excerpt from the inaugural speech:
“In reaffirming the greatness of our nation, we understand that greatness is never a given. It must be earned. Our journey has never been one of shortcuts or settling for less. It has not been the path for the fainthearted -- for those who prefer leisure over work, or seek only the pleasures of riches and fame. Rather, it has been the risk-takers, the doers, the makers of things -- some celebrated, but more often men and women obscure in their labor -- who have carried us up the long, rugged path toward prosperity and freedom.”
One of the things that struck me most was his statement that “we are makers of things.” My heart jumped and I knew immediately that he was speaking directly to me. I, too, am a maker of things – it is in my bones. As I listened to the unspoken, I heard the possibility of the return of jobs to America – jobs that I once took for granted: farmer, mechanic, auto worker, customer support (imagine!), craftspeople.
What does this say about the arts? I am an artist – a potter. I am a maker of things. I am inspired, and I am excited! Are you a maker of things? What will you do with this awesome possibility? I invite your comments.
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