Be the change you want to see in the world - I love this!

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In my earlier years I was involved in many charitable organizaions. With school, work and children I had lost connection with most of these. When I listen to President Obama speak I feel the desire and need burning inside of me to rejoin the organizations and do as much as I can to make the world a better place. I may not have very much in the way of finances, or time for that matter, but I am taking my children to the homelss shelter to serve food to others and trying to instil in them a strong since of community and a desire to help those in need. When I think about President Obama I become a little emotional because I finally feel connected to the government, our government and the responsibility to help support our nation and the people of the world.

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I love every comment , and have to agree with each one of you. I always hoped that some day it would be mandatory  for each one of us to volunteer. It's the best way to learn to be compassionate towards others (best at an early age) it keeps us out of trouble, and it gives us more meaning in our lives, if we  give of ourselves to others.There's so much to do and experience out there. And I think people today feel like they just can't fit another thing on their plate, but I think if everyone only volunteered 10 hours per year, we would note such a difference in our nation as a whole and improve the quality of our lives.Can you imagine with all the talents that each one of us were blessed with , what we could do for each other ? Even kids could pitch in beautifying our towns and cities or just entertaining the old and forgotten. I could go on and on, but for now it 's just my dream, for all of us to volunteer.

Megan - posted on 02/17/2009

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I feel the same way. Barack makes me want to do more than I am and I already go into classrooms and help kids with special needs every week. I have a three year old and I've considered taking him up to the animal shelter to walk dogs, but I'm not sure they will allow him their since he is so young.

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Zinnia - posted on 03/02/2009

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I completely agree with you.  It is very important to share this sense of community with our children.  For many of years now, the value has been on materialism and individual gain.  I think we are in this financial crisis partly due to the lack of responisbility on part of the citizens.  If we teach our children that they too make a difference in how their world works, we are truly raising future leaders that will hopefully enahnce the American Dream rather than sqaunder it. My son can talk politics better than some adults.  He has been to rallys and I include him into conversations about our country and world.  I make sure he sits down to listen to President Obama's speech.  From his allowance, he sets aside 10% to give to a charitable cause.  Kudos to you and your family!

Ruth - posted on 03/02/2009

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Angela,
Great comments. I agree with you completely. I love what he says about volunteering. I love what he says about parents being more involved in their child's education. I know we are going through tough times, but I think that President Obama is the man we need right now to get back to what makes our country great, taking care of each other and giving of ourselves. Here's a blog I wrote on Inauguration Day.

http://suchasmartmom.com/2009/01/20/let-...

All the best. Ruth

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I agree with all of you too! I don't think anyone is opposed to government helping out it's citizens (as long as it works), but I'm a big believer in people helping people (maybe it's the christian in me). I admit, during the last 8 years, I was scared! I wasn't very hospitable or helpful. I had become very selfish and concerned only about me and mine. Everyday I kept my fingers crossed and hoped and prayed me and my husband had a job to go to and enough money to pay our bills and keep our home.



Obama not only inspired me and made me hopeful again, the response of the country in electing him, made me feel personally that God had not left us. I stopped thinking about ME so much! Now I am volunteering my time and my money to my church and various community organizations. How can I expect to stay afloat if everyone around me is sinking? If I don't extend a helpful hand to someone in need, who will help me when I need? It is a very humbling experience. There is so much we can do. I decided to be faithful to the Lord and hopeful for this country!

Madel - posted on 02/18/2009

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I share the same feelings. It is refreshing to have a president have the people's interests at heart. He has such strong family values, anyone can sense that when reading anything he says in his books about his daughters. And, of course ladies, let's not forget Michelle! What a heavy weight role model!

Penny - posted on 02/15/2009

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Well said, Angela! I too am emotional re: our new president. Obama inspires hope as I've not experienced since the days of Bobby Kennedy, Cesar Chavez, Martin Luther King, Jr. What can each of us do to get our country back on track? Your idea of service (especially involving your children) is excellent! It's refreshing to finally feel hopeful again!!!!!

Vicki - posted on 02/12/2009

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Hi Angela,As a mom with three children i have found a way to be a change agent. i am a World Vision Child Ambassador and i work with my free time to end extreme poverty for the world's children through sponsorship. There are so many ways ewe as moms can fit this into our lives. I work, too. Let me know if you are interested in helping in this cause, Email me at loveachildwv@yahoo.com or call 760 505-1976.

Be the Change,

Vicki

Kemmily - posted on 02/12/2009

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I feel the same way. My baby is 7 months old and I already think of ways to raise him and use Obama as a role model for him to look up to. I am Asian and I think his inclusiveness of other cultures and the way he can inspire people to do better is so awesome. I have never seen any political figure out there like him.

Catherine - posted on 02/10/2009

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I agree. I want to help Barack & all of us be better people in a better community. I want my son to give of himself as a responsible young person ( when he is old enough). You never learn as much as when you give of yourself to help someone else. Your parents need to be role models of that in the community.

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