I’ll start off this post apologizing for the seemingly randomness of the topic. It’s honestly just something that’s been on my mind the last few days. :)
One week ago today, Katie and I took the time to watch Barack Obama take the oath of office (during the first of two times!) to become President of the United States. One thing that has really struck me this past week is the idea of just how powerful the President is.
In one 35 word oath, Barack Obama went from private citizen to the most powerful man on the planet. Four Star generals will take their orders from him, the leaders of other countries answer the phone when he calls, the stock market rises or falls on the words that he chooses.
And yet that got me thinking about how powerful we each are as our own individuals. We have the power over our minds. We have the power over our thoughts. We have power over the words we speak from our mouths. We have power over the things we do each day and the way in which we do them. We have the power to affect ourselves and other human beings.
While we may not (individually) have the power to destroy the world, or have people rise to their feet when we enter a room, the power we do have is actually much more practical. We may not be the commander in chief of the world’s most powerful military, but we are each the “president” of our own actions and the way we go about those actions.
Sure, it may not be as outwardly cool as having your own bullet proof, custom designed limo, helicopter, and plane, but it is a power that we don’t acknowledge or think about nearly often enough. I think if we’re really honest with ourselves, we don’t want to admit that we’re powerful. We don’t want to think about how much power we actually have since it’s easier to think about the few “cool” powers someone like the President has. Ignoring the power that we have is a clever (albeit poor) excuse for not making changes in our lives that we know we need to make. It’s much easier to pass ourselves off as powerless to change a situation in your life, in your community, or in your world, than to rise to the challenge and harness the power you do have to make a difference.
So if you’re up for the challenge, go ahead and revel in the power that you as an individual actually has. Feel free to even get caught up in a power trip if it’ll help you. Just use that power to positively effect the world around you and while marching bands won’t break into “hail to the chief” when you enter a room, people will enjoy your presence just the same. :)
Also if you wanted to see a crazy 1474 megapixel image from the inauguration click here!