In the presidential election of 2008 my vote went to the other guy. Now that Barack Obama is our president I choose to live in the present. He has my support until he causes me to withdraw it by his actions, that is common sense. What I like so far is the way the White House website has been improved. The president is believable, so far. He has taken bold steps to fix challenges facing our nation including health care and health insurance.
How can we as individuals and groups join with the president to improve our country?
Start with individual morals and ethics. We know what is right and wrong. Let us all follow the simple guideline: Do What is Right, Avoid What is Wrong! In our daily endeavors, personally and professionally, follow established rules and laws, legal and moral. Have you ever been hurt by someone who didn't do that?Likewise, when you do the same you are likely hurting others and sometimes yourself. Avoid politics in groups, work for the common good. If you are a leader in any way wear your morals and ethics on your sleeve and expect it of others.
Safety: falls and accidents cost us billions of dollars per year either personally or to the insurance companies. Even mild injuries disrupt individuals, families and businesses. Serious and fatal accidents do much worse. Will we all commit to being safer? Use common sense when gravity is involved, that is, on ladders, uneven surfaces and stairs. Safety takes time. Avoid rushing and if you are tired, then stop. Many accidents happen during times of fatigue. There is little difference between being under the influence of fatigue and under the influence of drugs or alcohol. It is common sense and predictable therefor choose wisely.
In the U.S.A. we kill ourselves and fellow citizens over 45,000 times each year in vehicle accidents. Over 95% of them are caused by driver error. Will we all make the decision to be safer, keep more of our minds on driving instead of work, cell phones, and all the other distractions? We developed the habit to put driving safety below our other thoughts and actions. We can choose and re-train ourselves to make driving safety a prominent issue. The three major issues are controlling speed, increasing following distance behind other vehicles (don't tailgate) and drive with "zero blood levels", that is zero amounts of alcohol or drugs in your system that can interfere with driving skills. Fatigue and failing to pay attention are other main issues.
Dead is forever, choose life. Injuries take weeks to years to heal and sometimes never do. I know, my injuries from accidents are permanent. Who injured me? Nice people like you or me. We are doing it to ourselves and each others. How much money can we save by being safer in our lives? Paying attention pays off!
All this is easy to say and easy to do. Simply make the decision and pay attention. Make it fun, rejoice with your wise decisions.