I live in Phoenix, Arizona, home of the Arizona Cardinals football team. Karl, my life partner, is from Philadelphia. We went to the playoff game this weekend. He wore his Philadelphia Eagles hat. At the end of the game, there was a pile of cups, not all completely empty, that Cardinals fans threw at him. Where’s the love man?
We like rooting for the winning team and harassing the “others.” I listened to Obama’s inspiring call to action today in the form of his inauguration speech. It made me feel proud to be an American, and gave me hope that we could once again be seen as the winning team.
My hope is that we don’t harass the “others” as we take not only his words, but his emotions filled with compassion, inclusion, and possibility with us into the world. For me, I plan on using these words to help focus all my business conversations.
By raising the flags of compassion, inclusion and possibility, I do think together, we can change the world.