Tuesday, January 20, 2009

one order of hope & change, please

Personal hopes:
  1. I can somehow positively affect at least one individual each day.
  2. I can figure out how best to help my son manage his thoughts & emotions.
  3. I can instill early in my daughter a sense of confidence that I didn't gain until college.
  4. I can regularly plan an entire month's meals for my family & lessons for my classes.

Global changes:

  1. We can approach one another with an open mind & a firm handshake.
  2. We can spend our time, energy, & money more wisely.
  3. We can be kinder to our planet.
  4. We can smile more.

What's on your menu this term?

photo courtesy of Vanity Fair


Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

For tonight I'm just going to be happy and relieved and hopeful.

Nora said...

I'm having my own little inaugural ball over here. Celebration!

Gattina said...

Congratulations to your new president ! A lot of people from Europe also watched the inauguration ! I think that has never happened !

dkuroiwa said...

One of my students told me today that yesterday's inauguration was, in the history of television, THE most watched program....EVAH!!!
I'm so glad that I was a part of that...even though I didn't get to bed until 3:00AM...it was worth it!!
I'm happy, hopeful and exhausted...i'm going to bed soon!!
Sweet dreams of a better tomorrow!!

LarryG said...

do you use a "planning tool" for that month of meals, a calendar or is it something you do with the sale papers in hand?

I am interested as a single dad - who plans usually at least one meal at a time, sometimes two :)

This is one area that is difficult for me to wrap my brain(s) (well okay piece of brain) around.


Janet said...

I LOVE this picture :-)

Pretty much walking around with a smile on my face every time I realize we have a new president!

Anonymous said...

I'm simply looking forward to being optimistic for the first time in eight years.

Lisa Wheeler Milton said...

I love all this talk of service and hope and striving.

I feel inspired, to step up to the plate.

Miri said...

I didn't realize it, but I might be a Bad Mom too.

My girls and I listened to the inauguration on the radio and I was ever so proud of my 10-year-old daughter, who said that she believes now that a "girl, or a Mexican, or anyone, really, can do a great thing if they want to badly enough."

I want to badly enough.

My small but great thing is that I am going to plan menus too. I think it gives a sense of stability (to me at least) so we can tackle the other more-important but less-urgent issues of the day.

Miri said...

PS Our family is Latino. I had to add that because I would not want anyone to think that my little girl singled out a certain race as capable of greatness or not.

Fantastic Forrest said...

I'm with you, sister. For me, it's an impossible dream to plan a month's worth of meals. But the son and daughter goals are mine for sure, just in reverse. She needs some emotion management and he needs an order of confidence. Let me know if you get any insights on how to help with those.

Yay for hope. Yay for a President of whom we can be proud!

Anonymous said...

I'll have what you're having!

Very Mary said...

being mindful - in small ways and big ways and side ways

JCK said...


Shana said...

If you can accomplish everything on your list, the world will be a better place : )


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