Alexandre Dumas gave us probably the most famous cry of loyalty in all of literature: "All for one, and one for all!" Today, while we are focused as a nation on our nation, it presents a perfect moment for each of us to do something more. No matter your faith or belief system, whether spiritual or non-spiritual, I hope you pause today to truly hold a vision in your mind of the future Bahamas you would like to help create. At the young national age of 41, we are right to stand with pride and look at how far we've come since declaring formal independence in 1973, but we should never be satisfied with just looking back.
Here's my 242 wish for today:
That on a personal level, people on our shores will experience a shift in their awareness of their individual importance in this life.
That individual gifts will be embraced and nurtured so that they can be shared with the world and people can fulfill their life purpose.
That the pain and anger that seems so prevalent in so many of us be acknowledged, diagnosed, treated, and healed.
That we realize there is enough for us all to have and to share.
That we begin each day with compassion and thanks and a desire to be kind - to ourselves and to others.
That we forgive more, and judge less.
That we expect the best of ourselves and others, and realize that keeping each other accountable strengthens the whole.
That we fully embrace our responsibility to lead our leaders. When we live our own lives with integrity, we will be more comfortable expecting integrity of others.
That rather than fear it, we will embrace Change for the gift that it is: an opportunity to transform, strengthen and grow.
That we will be less patriotic and more matriotic.
That we will teach our children that being a champion has little to do with winning.
That we show our children how to be humble in their victories and not humbled by their defeats.
That we will trade condemnation for compassion.
That we will truly pledge to excel through love and unity.