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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Morning Inspiration

GREAT morning everyone!! I hope everyone enjoyed their day of love and celebrations! As you sit and reminisce on the happenings of yesterday, get inspired with today's quote: 

The Nat Turner rebellion in Virginia, 1831
"Once social change begins, it cannot be reversed. You cannot uneducate the person who has learned to read. You cannot humiliate the person who feels pride. You cannot oppress the people who are not afraid anymore. We have seen the future, and the future is ours.” -Cesar Chavez

In recent weeks, we have seen the effects of social change through the revolutions of the people in the Middle East. Many of us are too young to remember what it felt like to live through the Nat Turner Revolts, the Cuban Missile Crisis or the 1986 revolt against Ferdinand Marcos in the Philippines or even the Chilean transition to democracy in 1990, and lets not forget the 1998 uprising in Indonesia that drove out President Suharto. The fact that we don't remember those revolutions does not mean we can't use them as examples of what happens when people become fed up and demand change. Your age does not determine your level of involvement or even the amount of power you have. There is and will always be strength in numbers with dollar signs in front of them. Beware of your surroundings and become involved in your community. Find out what the common and not-so-common issues are and attack them in large numbers. In elections, we are consistently ranked as the group with the lowest turnout and it is time to stop this now. We cannot continue to complain when education or when our issues are completely ignored when we have a 4% turnout in elections. The time is now to grow the momentum and get your peers excited about change. 

As Young Professionals we are set to become the (and some of you already are) CEO's, CFO's, Presidents, Mayors, Doctors, Lawyers, Teachers and the overall leaders of tomorrow. Its our time to step up and revolutionize the way we conduct ourselves.  Its our turn to take the reigns and take control of our world. What are we waiting for? Why are we still JUST complaining? What are you really doing right now? Do you have healthcare? If you don't have you called your local representatives to demand that they vote for it? Do you have student loans? Have you contacted your representatives to ensure they will vote to give more scholarships and grants to students? Pause. Lets start from the beginning. Do you have the contact information of your local and national representatives? Are you doing anything to elect people who truly represent our viewpoints and will speak up for us or are you following the crowd? 

Do you see what I did there? I hope you did. Its not always about being inspired to do work, sometimes the people need to be inspired to get off of their hind parts and get involved. Oh yea I forgot, some of you came to read something inspirational: Everyday is like a snapshot taken. Make your slideshow worth watching. 

Today's Song Choice: Magic- B.O.B. feat Cuomo

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