Friday, April 19, 2013
Yesterday, I “pointed and clicked” on a video on Facebook. It was a replay of the singing of the national anthem prior to the Boston Bruins game. It began with a soloist and within seconds became a phenomenal expression of the essence of America as the many spectators became the one voice – the voice of America. It would be hard to believe that anyone who watches this video would not be moved to tears.
This morning as I replay this experience in my mind, I am attempting to put words to what this essence brings forth. What moves us beyond all our differences into this incredible experience of unity? As I listened to the one voice that had emerged in that arena, I heard the resilience, perseverance, courage and strength that is representative of the essence of America. And in this moment of awe-inspiring unity, I could feel the power of “We the People”…a force more powerful than any governmental structure…incongruent belief system…or polarization. We the People exemplifies E Pluribus Unum – out of many, One – and We the People are joined in heart by the love we carry for this nation and what it stands for.
Give us your huddled masses…your sick…your tired…your poor…. Because here you have a shot…here you can be who you are….and here you can aspire to live your dreams....
As Americans, we are bonded in our hearts by the essence of this great country which exemplifies love…unity…freedom…equality...and independence – all which rise above differences while allowing those differences to exist. The essence of America speaks to the essence of life itself…persistent, resilient, courageous, empowered and in love.
I’m in love with the essence of America….that which lies deep within us…that which the vast majority of us is in love with…that which unites us…