Lessons from Barack Obama

Barack Obama won the Iowa caucus. He delivered a ‘Victory Speech’.

Ignore the politics, if you wish (as an Indian, they matter little to me). But listen to the message.

It’s a powerful message of hope, and applies to many people and things far beyond boundaries of nationality, creed or political beliefs.

These are words that influence and empower.

You can watch the video on YouTube here.

The part I liked best, which seemed just as relevant to my work with congenital heart defects, was this:

 Hope is not blind optimism. It’s not ignoring the enormity of the task ahead, or the roadblocks that stand in our path. It’s not sitting on the sidelines or shirking from a fight.

Hope is that thing inside us that insists, despite all the evidence to the contrary, that something better awaits us if we have the courage to reach for it, and to work for it, and to fight for it.

Hope is the bedrock of this nation. The belief that our destiny will not be written for us, but by us. By all those men and women who are not content to settle for the world as it is. Who have the courage to remake the world as it should be.

Together, ordinary people can do extra-ordinary things.

Words with influence.

Spoken by a man with influence.