I am put in mind this morning one of my favourite films, “Amazing Grace” – oh if you have not seen it, please do – and if you have school age children, pop the corn, line them up, sit them down, and watch it with them.
I have no idea what sort of job Mr. Obama will do but I hope it’s splendid, for America and the rest of the world. I think the main thing for me today is - I am proud of the country in which I was born, and the planet, and we humans in general. Two days ago I saw “Defiance” (another good one) that pointed out both the depravity that we humans are capable of, and the simple heroism of reaching out your hand to the person standing next to you in kindness, that we humans can manage in the most dire of straits.
I know you hear a lot of the “bad” news here – because it offends me and I think the least I can do is be mad and tell a few people who can tell a few people… But today I am full of hope – yes, James we all know I’m the eternal optimist, but I choose that role, I do not fall into it unknowingly.
Therefore today I will hope - for me, my family, my country, your family, your country, and our very, very, small planet. I will hope.