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An Era of Opportunity

I don’t think people understand the events that are unfolding right in front of them. Maybe it isn’t everyone, but at the least most of them are finding it easy to get caught up in the drama of what they are seeing, the feelings of it. All are acting and reacting off of that feeling. It’s interesting because at times I find that I am also one of those people. The only thing keeping my head above water is that I am constantly striving to understand myself and the world around me.  This is what has kept me alive, the experience and insight this way of thinking has brought me keeps pushing me further, to connect more and more dots.

As a community, a society, and country we have an opportunity before us right now. The mere appointment of our new President has thrown our country into disarray. I won’t get into the politics of it because that is where feelings lie but it is central to the opportunity I see approaching. Things are being shaken up in our country and the impact is more than likely global in affect. Now just what is the opportunity I see? The opportunity to change, plain and simple. This doesn’t sound that revolutionary, doesn’t seem like a complex or hard thing. Its something we do everyday of our lives. We change our clothes, change our hair, our cars, our careers, our city, our significant others. We are constantly in motion between one change and another. Change is revolutionary; in the form of wars, droughts, hurricanes, technology, lifestyles, thoughts, and patterns. Maybe change isn’t so simple. Psychology teaches that there are many factors to each and everyone of us. Our DNA affects our genetic expression. Which biology says affects the way our protein bases are constructed. Protein bases are cool, they basically control how everything else will be expressed; cellular structure, hormones, enzymes, tissues, brain development, the immune system, personality, and even lifestyle. I guess change is simple and also complex.

Our President is enacting change to our political system: national security, flight restrictions, organization cuts, civil rights, health care. The changes are many and I don’t want to talk about whether these changes are good or bad. What I want to talk about is the opportunity being provided by these changes. The manner in which our lives are effected by our governments is changing. Systems and regulations that were once there are being taken away, most without a backup plan. So gaps are being created in roles that were once filled by the government. Without regulations who is going to control or influence the way business is conducted? The answer and opportunity I see is WE ARE. What I saw these past elections was simply that our government tried to get us to care about it, and they were quite successful with all the candidates having people to believe and back their platforms. Most voters had someone to identify with. What a wonderful thing! What happened after wasn’t as wonderful, it became business as usual with all the scandals and pointed fingers. “We the People” lost more and more trust in the political situation. Enter Trump and the two sides become polarized, either he stood for what you believe in or he stood for what you don’t. There isn’t much middle ground.

So, looking past this conflict is key. The opportunity being presented is for the Private Sector; you, me, your neighbor, grandma, uncle, brother, sister, everyone involved in this little drama. Now is the time for us to really begin to invest in what we want! Every year we file our taxes and every year we get a little return on it, but where does that money go that we don’t get back? It gets put into the federal or state budget and spent someplace god knows where. So going back to my main point, let’s start investing in the things we actually want. We can see that the world isn’t waiting for us to change, it’s changing and forcing us to change with it. Why not be a part of that change and really invest in the places we want to; whether it’s at a grocery store, a restaurant, an etsy shop, a bank, an energy company, a car manufacturer. Lets find the places we can ethically get behind and believe in. Is our government really something we believe in and who’s ethics we agree with? What I saw this past elections was that our government only cares about its ethics not its peoples. So let’s take the opportunity our President is providing and really begin to invest in ourselves.

There is a booming entrepreneur spirit in the world again and it is time to take the future out of the hands of those that would make the decisions for us, it is time to grab our future and really make the decisions for ourselves. Vote! Participate! But, don’t leave it up to your local politicians. Vote with our wallet, vote with your lifestyle! People love the to quote Gandhi, “be the change you wish to see,” but what does that really mean? What I think Gandhi meant is that we need to make the changes in ourselves first, stop worrying about what you can’t change and just focus on changing yourself. This is the 21st century, look at what is right in front of you. We have the ability to do so much from the comfort of our phones. We can buy, sell, and trade literally anything in a matter of seconds. We are more connected then ever and we still want to believe that we can’t change anything, that it is all out of our influence. There is a theory of six degrees of separation, it says that we are basically removed by six people from almost anyone else in the world. You might have a friend of a friend of a friend that knows someone in the white house and that person knows President Trump. you are only removed from him by only a few people. The reason I bring this up is because the power we have at our finger tips really isn’t that far removed from the people who seem to have more power than us. Only by investing in our own futures will we begin to see a return that really benefits “we the people.” No matter what political party you belong to I think this is the one thing that unites us, the fact that we all just want what is best for us. Let’s start doing that for ourselves instead of leaving it up to a government organization that really just has its own interests at heart.

There are many factors that have brought us to point we are at. We have many options before us and the one thing we know is that change is inevitable. We see this reflected in the world around us. Our country influences many things on the Earth and the man in charge is really doing his own thing. The system he belongs to doesn’t seem to be concerned with the overall well-being of its citizens anymore. So let us take the time to invest in the private sector because the private sector is just ourselves, nothing more and nothing less. We want the government to look out for us but the private sector can accomplish all that without infringing upon our rights and without choosing a lesser of two evils. We can accomplish changes that really benefit “we the people” by taking action into our own hands and building a future that looks out for the little people, you and me. Maybe by doing this we can pave a way forward for the rest of the world, maybe we as a country can be the change that others want to see in the world. expansion