Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Responsibility, Hope and Virtue
I am back in San Diego. I enjoyed an exciting and eventful weekend with my family in North Carolina. We attended a reception for the Patterson Medal, watched a Tar Heel Men's basketball game, and watched an unfortunate Eagle defeat. It was really nice to share a fun weekend with my family in Chapel Hill.
This week we will host the Dutch National Team in a few competitions in Chula Vista. In an unofficial test match, we lost 4-0. We were a bit tentative in our play, and we must be more assertive if we want to give the Dutch a good challenge.
Today is such an exciting, and pivotal day in American History. Barack Obama was sworn in as the 44th President of the United States of America. His inauguration symbolizes hope - hope that we can overcome all the ails of our past and present. For in the depths of our circumstance, we must forge ahead together. We must unite in hope of what we can do now to change our path. The question is how can we purify and further the spirit of Americanism that founded our nation. For while we are what we have been, there is no limit to what we can become.
Personally, I must ask what I can do. I am trying to figure out how I can use hockey as a vehicle for giving back to people. Throughout my career, I do not believe I have served others as much as I could have. I believe I have a responsibility to share my gifts and talents. I need to start serving and giving; I need to start now. My only problem is, I don't know where or how to begin. I want to become a doer of good. If you have any support or guidance, please feel free to share it with me. All the Best.
Posted by Rachel Dawson