To paraphrase some sentiments heard on the radio this week: We've put Barack Obama up on a pedestal, so how to we keep from being disappointed?
We hold him up.
As President Obama said in his inaugural speech today, "...we have duties to ourselves, our nation, and the world, duties that we do not grudgingly accept but rather seize gladly, firm in the knowledge that there is nothing so satisfying to the spirit, so defining of our character, than giving our all to a difficult task. This is the price and the promise of citizenship. "
It's time to embrace the fact that to even be alive on this planet is the most phenomenal gift. It is a privilege. We have to earn our keep.
So, seize those duties gladly, get involved, become a part of your community. It connects you to your neighbors, your city, your country, your world.
Let's hold up our President, for he cannot do this alone.