The Winter Olympics has our attention. A few weeks ago, it was the Super Bowl. Later this year, it will be the World Cup. I work very hard to be a grouch and a cynic, but I can’t help but take pause when our fragmented world momentarily seems to come together.
I think this feeds our need to feel part of something greater than ourselves. JFK captured that in his inaugural address back in 1961 when he challenged us to do for our country. I was eleven years old, then. I recall that moment like it was yesterday.
Uniting as a world or as a country is highly problematic, but we can still rally to a worthy cause or a higher ideal. We can still be moved by the stuff we witness. We can still choose to aim high.
This is true whether watching a sports event or a TED Talk, whether listening to music or hugging your child. As I said, I work very hard at being a cynic. Cynicism keeps me smart, but inspiration - that's what keeps me going.
Question: Inspirational moments in your life, coming-together moments - go for it.
Published On: February 10, 2014
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