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  1. 1. Grace & Gratitude Cover Photo by Tim Trumble
  2. 2. From the Editor Shavawn M. Berry For These Things I am Thankful As November blows in, with a cavalcade of falling autumn leaves cueing us that winter will soon be here, I am reminded of my deep need to reflect on all the blessings in my life. Thanksgiving is just around the corner. It’s sometimes easy to feel overwhelmed by the expectations attached to the holiday season. It’s easy to complain or eat too much and rest too little. It’s easy to wallow in self-pity and to look back instead of move forward. It’s easy to rant about how our glass is half empty instead of half full. And this year – this terrible year – while many of us watched our 401K accounts sink like the Titanic, as our jobs were threat- ened and the cost of all our bills rose, it has been as hard as ever to remain hopeful about our collective and individual future. However, despite the definite “worst of times” feeling that I get from my daily dose of CNN, I am actively turning my prayers toward the grace that permeates my life and reminding myself of all that I have to be thankful for. The list is long. Because I am unmarried, for much of my adult life I have spent Thanksgiving in the presence of friends in New York City, Los Angeles, Fairfax, VA and Phoenix, Arizona. Occasionally I have even cooked a whole bird and all the trimmings of a festive meal, and invited friends over to enjoy it at my house! I have witnessed many traditions, dishes, and ways of celebrating the holiday. One family eats paella. Another one serves sticky rice instead of mashed potatoes or gravy. I’ve had turkey and ham, lasagna and red pepper soup, corn stuffing and peach pie. Every single situation has been unique. But one thing that has been rela- tively consistent is the camaraderie of the meal itself and the sharing of what each person feels most thank- ful for. Hearing each person’s singular reasons for giving thanks is often humbling, to say the least. I have heard thanks given for all manner of good fortune, including the ability to rise again after misfortune. So, when I think of what I will list this year, I think of people, events, places and, yes, even a few pre- cious possessions: I am thankful for the beauty and wisdom of my mother’s life and her ability to help me find my way through life’s detritus again and again. I am thankful that she’s in good health and still able to enjoy her life (at the age of 73). I am thankful for cherry pie and the peaceful purring of my cats; for the sound of laughter and the transformative power of books. I am grateful for my friendships – particularly with my women friends – who offer me so much solace every day. I am thankful that I can write about my life. I feel gratitude for the hope percolating up from the very soil of this nation; for our brave-hearted and eloquent president-elect; for his wife whose brains and beauty are a true pleasure to witness. I am glad I have access to kisses, comfort food, flannel pajamas, pumpkin pie, hot coffee, and the occasional beer…I am thankful for my spiritual practice and the support system it provides. My heart is gladdened by hearing mu- sic and tasting chocolate. I am grateful for my job and my amazing students; for my ability to take care of my basic needs and still buy an ice cream now and then. I am thankful for my body, my brain, and my health. I am thankful for church bells, and true love, and heartache, even if I am alone right now as a result. I am grateful for solitude and sadness and angels and ice bergs...for polar bears and rain showers, for the sound of Oak Creek and the roar of the ocean. I am thankful for the stars poking through the cloud cover here in the desert. I am thankful that I had my father in my life as long as I did — even though it was not long enough. I am thankful for poems and language and paintings and prairie dogs. I am thankful for the promise of my life and the things that Spirit has set at my table to accomplish. I am grateful for prayer, for hardship, for the ways in which my life is changed and trans- formed in relationship to others. I am thankful for the books I read and the conversa- tions I count on. As I edge toward the half-century mark, I am grateful for every single day, every lovely breath, every opportunity to dance. The world is full of wonders. This Thanksgiving, between the turkey and the sweet potato pie, turn to those sharing your table and express your love and joy and gratitude to them. You will be glad you did. More musings on spirituality, grace, art, and life in general can be read on my blog at http:// or on my website: Page 2 G L O B AL T H I NK ING WO M E N
  3. 3. The Thing About Grace by Kim Eagles If you were asked to give your definition of the word grace many might reflect to what one does at mealtimes: a short prayer of thanks to God said before, or some- times after, a meal. Others might think of a person of elegance, beauty, and smoothness of form or move- ment—or a women’s name. And for some people, it’s the extra time allowed before having to pay a debt or com- plete a transaction also known as a grace period. As I child, I have fond memories of the grace and gratitude of our good neighbors—back when family and community stuck together. Growing up in our modest and nearly poor household, our neighbors were very important to our family—we could rely of them in times of need. There’s a familiar scripture that states: “Do not withhold good from those who deserve it, when it is in your power to act. Do not say to your neighbor, “Come back later; I’ll give tomorrow”—when you now have it with you. Do not plot harm against your neighbor, who lives trustfully near you.” During that era—as opposed to the times we live in now—people sincerely took care of each other. Perhaps caring was the order of the day because things were not simply handed out freely. Back then a long, hard honest day of work instilled virtue and kindness that caused most people to feel that they should take care of others in their time of need, with no strings attached, simply as a means of giving to give. I now see the im- portance of a ‘timely blessing’ and the act of ‘truly giving from the heart’. As a child, I received help from others; and that was very humbling for our household. It caused us to become proud, yet envious, instead of thankful. Unfortunately, when the tables shifted and I became able to give, I really did not give freely as I should have; sad to say—my heart had hardened. I quickly developed a desire to get things in order to have things—not simply to give to others. My life has now turned full circle and my heart has softened, mostly because of the grace and mercy of God—primarily because I have allowed wisdom and grace to enter into my heart, soul and mind. In certain areas, I’ve come to the end of myself and my selfish exploits of self promotion, mistrust of others, manipula- tion and attempting to control my circumstances in order not to be exposed and humiliated by my desire for achievement. The spiritual legacy of Christ promises each of us the opportunity to walk in the light of truth, not in our past disappointments. The thing about grace is that grace is a gift. Grace is often distinguished from mercy. Mercy is seen as not receiving punishment that one deserves to receive; whereas grace is receiving a posi- tive benefit that one does not deserve to receive. Divine Grace also can be defined as God's empowering presence in one’s life enabling each one of us to do and be what we were created to do and be. Grace emerges from the generosity of spirit that gives indi- viduals the capacity to endure intolerance, accommodate the unlovable, and forgive the unforgivable. Grace is God's gift to humankind. VO L U M E 6, I SSU E 6 Page 3
  4. 4. Giving the Gift of Time by Mary Powell Despite the plummeting of the U.S. stock exchange, the increase in housing foreclo- sures, and a stumbling economy, Americans have much to be grateful for. Most of us have clean drinking water, vaccinations, food, and a roof over our heads. Many of us have people in our lives that inspire us emotionally and spiritually, supporting us through the best and worst of times. It is for this reason, that it is so important to give people the thanks they deserve for making a difference in our lives. This holiday sea- son, rather than spending money on another sweater for our siblings or scarf for our mothers, perhaps we should make them gifts of gratitude. Gifts of gratitude need not be extravagant. In today’s fast paced world, where one can apply for a job, cook dinner and play solitaire on the computer simul- taneously, making someone a gift for the holi- days, or a simple thank you present, is crucial. What are some simple options? A kind, cheerful note or poem can be more meaningful, since the majority of us e-mail rather than hand write let- ters. Hand writing a thank you card to a friend or loved one takes more time and effort, and can cheer up a person’s day. If you want to add a more personal touch to it, decorate the card; add some scrap-booking pieces from a local crafts store, use magazine cut outs, or fabric scraps to add color to the cover. Another gift of gratitude that does not cost much but can be so special is a natural gift such as geodes, pretty rocks, or fresh or dried flowers. You can even purchase a plant at your local Home De- pot or Target that will cost you as little as three dollars. These make nice gifts of gratitude because they are thoughtful and can be used to brighten up the office, or add color to a room. Food can also be a wonderful gift. Baking cookies, bread or brownies, making chocolates (you can find easy recipes online) or creating a trail mix of dried fruit and nuts make wonderful gifts for friends. My favorite gift of gratitude, however, is time. Offer to wash a friend’s car, help him/her study for an exam, or take care of his/her pets. Create a “spend time with me” coupon, good for treating a person to a meal or helping him/her with weekly chores, such as grocery shopping or picking up the yard. This assistance will greatly ease stress in a person’s schedule. Treating a friend or loved one to a cup of coffee on a Sunday morn- ing, hiking or biking with him/her, even something as simple as keeping a person company while they are watching their children, are all ways of showing how much each special person means to you. For those of us who have children, the most precious present we can give them is our time. Taking children on a picnic or spending the day watching old movies on television are powerful strategies for bonding with your children. It is important to choose an activity that does not require you to spend much money on your children because you want the focus to be on being together rather than on material items. Offering your time allows you to refocus on what is most important: the time you share together. In this time of financial crisis, advertisements tell us to spend more money when we actually need to save it. So this holiday, instead of buying presents for people, be creative and make them. Our time is more precious than our money, but it is the one gift we can give freely. When we look back upon our lives, we think of the time we spent with our friends, we do not crave the objects they purchased for us. This year, let the fo- cus be on memories rather than merchandise. Page 4 G L O B AL T H I NK ING WO M E N
  5. 5. Reflections on Gratitude by Wendy Brunner Gratitude is not the same as happiness. We all strive for something called hap- piness; we go places, we do things, we read or listen to music, we drink or take a pill to be happy. To be happy is what everyone in this world wants. Happiness is a new Lexus. Happi- ness is a Caribbean, white-sand beach. We search for something, or someone to trigger hap- piness in ourselves, so inside we will feel something good. Gratitude does the opposite. Gratitude is directed toward an outside influence; it flows out of us rather than in, yet feels just as good, if not better than the pleasures we seek for happiness. It is the outward sharing of our energy with another, with nature, rather than the internalizing of an outside influence. We may be taking or accepting something from another when gratitude arises but we are also giving back. When we have gratitude for another person, they receive it as appreciation and true understanding. When we have gratitude for a moment in time, we send this wave of good energy out to those around us, our friends, our culture, our children and our families. Gratitude washes over you in unexpected moments. When your infant son is lying in critical care, where he’s been for weeks, with you at his side day and night, in anguish worrying for him, longing for your other child who is still so small and in need of her mother too. Then one day, in the endless march of days, you are walking up a steep hill back to the children’s hospital, high on top of the hill, with its con- crete and old creaky windows and doors, its needles and instru- ments of pain, its teddy bears standing under rainbows painted on the walls. It’s a crystal clear, blue-sky, San Francisco day and you are stopped in your tracks by a sudden wave of happiness and con- tentment. The sky is beautiful, the air is fresh and you are able to say to yourself that you will accept whatever happens to you in this life. You are filled with gratitude for walking on this city street, for witnessing the deep blue California sky and for having the opportunity to love and care for this boy, no matter how hard it is to do so. What would you be doing otherwise? What is more important than this, even if it is hard? And you think it strange that you have gratitude for this moment that seems on the surface to be the worst time of your life. Grati- tude is a gift. Recognizing gratitude when it arises can be a gift to ourselves as well as to others. Grati- tude is a mind-body experience which can put you in touch with your spiritual self, your deep sense of a higher-power, or a master plan. At the very least gratitude gives you a sense of peace that balances you and lets you rest. And for others, knowing of your gratitude for their presence in your life is a gift that can last forever. Wendy Brunner is a writer and mother living in Fountain Hills, Arizona. Her writing interests include examin- ing human nature to see how seemingly superficial, everyday acts can unexpectedly become profound. Gratitude Letters, Visits and Lists by Shavawn M. Berry Martin E. P. Seligman, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania and founder of the “positive psychology” movement, advocates something called a “gratitude visit.” The steps are simple: think of a person in your life who has played a significant role in terms of kindness or generosity, but to whom you have never properly expressed thanks for that kindness or help. Write a detailed “gratitude letter” to them, explaining why you are grateful for the role they have played in your life. Then visit them, and read your letter out loud. According to Seligman, gratitude visits always offer catharsis for both the recipient and the letter writer. They also allow the recipient a chance to “pay it forward” by writing their own letter, and vis- iting another person whose impact may have been overlooked. In Daniel H. Pink’s amazing and encouraging book, A Whole New Mind, he offers two other options to express our gratitude: The birthday gratitude list which requires you sit down and write out a numbered list of things you are grateful for that corresponds with your current age; or the “one-a-day” expression of gratitude which “is a way to weave thankfulness into your daily routine” (Pink, pg. 216). Whatever choice you make, possessing an attitude of “gratitude is a key component of personal happiness” according to scholars who study positive psychology (216). VO L U M E 6, I SSU E 6 Page 5
  6. 6. The Tipping Point by Marcela Marenco For example, when I travel to remote areas in Mexico, one of the things I see is how expensive things get wherever Ameri- A taxi cans travel on a regular basis. ride that should be $2, is $10 or $20. Why? Because when the locals charged $2, people gave them $5, thinking, “That is too cheap!” When they charged $5, everybody gave an extra dollar (i.e. tip) and made the price rise even higher. The effect of all this over spending and over tipping is that we (as trav- elers) end up complaining incessantly about How much you should tip? how expensive some things have become! When we go out of the United States, we often won- So, next time you travel, read about der how much we should tip. This is a fair question coming tipping etiquette for the country you plan to from a society that tips almost everybody, and where that visit. Treat it like you would any other seri- extra buck is not always just appreciated, but expected. If ous subject. You want to respect the culture you disagree, try overlooking the people who get your bags of the place you are visiting. Knowing when at the airport! and how to tip is part Tipping etiquette is a must read when going abroad, of that sense of un- because knowing what the rules are can make our trip go derstanding and re- much more smoothly. There are countries where tipping is spect. For addi- a must even when asking for directions. At restaurants, tional help with sometimes leaving the change (i.e. coins) –whatever it was- this topic see the is enough; in other countries, the tip is already included and following link: nothing else is expected, and in others tipping is even con- http:// sidered rude! We tend to over tip everywhere we go. We tip taxi drivers, hotel staff, etc., The effect? All we do is how_112003_tip- make them expect it every time they see an American tour- foreign-country.html ist. Would you like to write for Global Thinking Women Newsletter? Do you have expertise to share with other women? December’s Issue will cover the theme: Offerings: Community Service; Giving Back Submit articles, article ideas, or ideas for themes for upcoming issues to Articles are due on 5th of each month for each monthly issue. Page 6 G L O B AL T H I NK ING WO M E N
  7. 7. Enhancing and Maintaining Memory by Sue Grace Where Did I Put My *@#& Keys?! Americans fear the possibility of losing their memory. A Met- Life Foundation study from 2006 surveyed American concerns about illness, and found that those between the ages of 18 to 55 feared only cancer more than Alzheimer's Disease. For those over 55, Alz- heimer's was their greatest fear. Of course, not all memory loss is a precursor of Alzheimer's Disease, but how can we tell when our forgetfulness is a part of the normal aging process versus when it signals something more seri- ous? When should I be concerned about memory loss? Memory loss shouldn’t always be cause for concern. As we grow older, our brains store more information and it can take our brains longer to process and retrieve infor- mation. There are “red-flag changes in mental functioning”, however, that can be serious. A new Johns Hopkins 2008 study titled “Memory” details them: Problems with learning and retaining new information;  Difficulties handling complex tasks, such as balancing a checkbook, cooking a meal or other tasks that require a complex train of thought;  Ability to reason or react appropriately to common occur- rences such as dealing with a flat tire;  Spatial ability and orientation that allows us to drive and find our way in familiar surroundings;  Language problems that prevent us from speaking or un- derstanding conversations;  Behavioral changes such as acting passively or becoming more suspicious or irritable. Can we improve or maintain our mem- ory? The answer is yes. We can take proactive steps to positively affect our memory. Exercise According to the Johns Hopkins study, blood flow to the brain decreases by 15 to 20% be- tween the ages of 30 and 70. Exercise increases this blood flow so find some activity. Brain exercise: read, do crossword puzzles, play Sudoku, take a class, perhaps in new area of inter- est. Or go out and dance. This gives you double benefits since you’re getting exercise and your chal- lenging your brain with two different activities-movement and focus on dance steps. AARP offers a range of memory games that can be accessed on its website, Proper sleep and proper diet are also factors in helping all of us maintain a healthy memory, so be sure to get enough rest, and eat your fruits and vegetables! VO L U M E 6, I SSU E 6 Page 7
  8. 8. Profile: Jerrie Ueberle—President, Global Interactions, Inc. by Kim Eagles Who said women can’t dation Board of Directors of SIAS University, the have it all—brains, beauty, first private U.S. University in China, located in grace and a company that Zhengzhou, Henan Province. spans the globe? We have Another project Ms. Ueberle is passionate certainly found that about is Challenge: TOMORROW. It is a 21-day woman! Jerrie Ueberle, China – U.S. Youth Program designed to bring Chi- President of Global Inter- nese and American youth together for cross-cultural actions, Incorporation. immersion and leadership development around the Global Interactions, Inc. is theme “Two Continents, One Tomorrow, Endless a non-profit organization Possibilities.” Together the students will address that creates and facilitates issues and generate ideas for creating the world they opportunities for professionals to interact worldwide want to live in. The planning and implementation of with domestic and global counterparts. Through this experience focuses on building sustainable rela- such interactions, they seek to increase the exchange tionships and partnerships that will grow and ex- of best practices, technologies, and research in edu- pand beyond their time in China. cation, science, and technology. They also enable individuals the opportunity to work together, build- The American students will meet, share, and ing relationships that accelerate their learning and learn with Chinese students and staff in a rural area ability to apply knowledge that improves services, of Henan province on SIAS University campus, and products, and systems for their clients and custom- with a second group of students in Beijing, Haidian ers. District. The two sites will provide the contrast of geography, socio-economics, and life styles in two Ms. Ueberle’s energy and enthusiasm is con- distinctly different areas of China. This will enable tagious from the first moment she greets you. She is the American students to gain a perspective of the the “hostess with the mostess” whether in her home vast differences between regions, economy, and de- office in Arizona or in China where she has traveled velopment of people living in a country the geo- nearly 100 times in the past 24 years. graphic size of the United States inhabited with five Currently, Ms. Ueberle owns a Phoenix- times more people. based non-profit corporation focused to increase worldwide communication and understanding 2008-09 Programs & Events among U.S. professionals and their international 2009 America Asia Education Partnership counterparts. Conferences, seminars, and study pro- Summit April 14-16, 2009 - Phoenix, Arizona, USA grams engage participants in sharing best practices, research, and technologies that contribute to identi- 2009 Challenge: TOMORROW July 2009 - fying common concerns and discovering new meth- Shanghai, Beijing, Zhengzhou, Moon Lake (Inner odologies for achieving results. She is also the owner Mongolia) - CHINA and president of Jerrie Ueberle & Associates, a 2nd Annual Women's Symposium & Study woman-owned and operated company specializing Program - May 16-May28, 2009 - Shanghai, Sias in collaborative team building for personal and or- International University, Xinzheng City, Henan ganizational change. Provice, CHINA The purpose of this work is to create partner- For more information or to become a ships with colleagues to continue the dialogue and women’s mentor, contact: develop sustainable relationships. The work of Global Interactions began in 1984 and has focused Global Interactions, Inc. 14 West Cheryl Drive primarily on China, spanning a 20 year period of Phoenix, Arizona 85021 Phone: (602) 906-8886 rapid change and development. One of her more recent activities involves a Beijing conference on Multiple Intelligences. She also serves on the Foun- Page 8 G L O B AL T H I NK ING WO M E N
  9. 9. Living Gratitude: An Attitude of Unconditional Love by Elaine Yoshikawa Let us rise up and be thankful, tude is to touch Heaven.” Thus, easier to reconnect to what is sa- for if we didn’t learn a lot today, our goal should be to ‘live grati- cred in the external world because at least we learned a little, and tude.’ gratitude connects us to what is if we didn’t learn a little, at least sacred within. In this sense, grati- When we live gratitude we didn’t get sick, and if we got tude is transformational. It pro- as a spontaneous expression of sick, at least we didn’t die; so, motes spiritual and personal unconditional love, our attention let us all be thankful. -- Buddha growth because it calls upon us to shifts away from the self onto acknowledge and to exercise our Gratitude is the other. In this way, it pro- divine nature, unconditional love, motes the formation of human generally regarded fellowship and the foundation and humility. This results in true service. as thanksgiving or for lasting relationships. Fur- thermore, living gratitude helps Service that is borne from appreciation for us to become truly humble and the overflow of unconditional love what we have re- thus to appreciate what we typi- becomes a privilege. It is a privi- cally take for granted. When we lege to help, instruct, and encour- ceived. However a deeper take things for granted we run age those who are in need; to sup- spiritual construal of gratitude the risk of living life on the sur- port, uplift, and love those who includes the foundation of un- face. Humbleness has a way of feel isolated and alone. This kind conditional love, that is to say, keeping things in perspective. It of service connects us to the divine gratitude is a natural expression helps us to keep our hearts con- elements within our own nature or manifestation of appreciation tinuously open to God. and acknowledges the divinity in that is based upon unconditional all other things. It is natural to love. There are innumerable St. Teresa of Avila serve others when we realize that ways of expressing this kind of reminds us: “In all created we live in a sacred world. When gratitude. We can speak our ap- things discern the providence we are genuinely grateful, we can preciation to others, we can en- and wisdom of God, and in all demonstrate kindness to others, act our gratitude through ser- things give Him thanks.” Since express our joy, and humbly speak vice, and at the highest level we everything that surrounds us is our truth. can live gratitude. Gratitude in God’s domain and belongs to becomes a deeply engrained as- Him, we should be thankful for pect of character. Johannes A. the privilege of temporary stew- Elaine Yoshikawa, Ph.D., is a Gaertner, an art historian, poet ardship. Perhaps the only thing Lecturer in Philosophy at ASU, and theologian, said: “To speak a person truly owns is her own Polytechnic Campus. Her current gratitude is courteous and pleas- heart, and if she is wise, she research interests are: Virtue Eth- ant, to enact gratitude is gener- would also lovingly give her ics, Christian Ethics, Buddhist ous and noble, but to live grati- heart to God (in gratitude). Ethics, and happiness. When we live in gratitude, it is “The greatest gift that you can give to others is the gift of unconditional love and acceptance.” — Brian Tracy VO L U M E 6, I SSU E 6 Page 9
  10. 10. The Audacity of Hope: Yes We Can By Barack Obama, the 44th President-elect From the acceptance speech in Grant Park, in Chicago: “...The true genius of America [is] that America can change. Our union can be perfected. And what we have already achieved gives us hope for what we can and must achieve tomorrow. This election had many firsts and many stories that will be told for generations. But one that's on my mind tonight is about a woman who cast her ballot in Atlanta. She's a lot like the millions of oth- ers who stood in line to make their voice heard in this election ex- cept for one thing - Ann Nixon Cooper is 106 years old. She was born just a generation past slavery; a time when there were no cars on the road or planes in the sky; when someone like her couldn't vote for two reasons - because she was a woman and because of the color of her skin. And tonight, I think about all that she's seen throughout her cen- tury in America - the heartache and the hope; the struggle and the progress; the times we were told that we can't, and the people who pressed on with that American creed: Yes we can. At a time when women's voices were silenced and their hopes dismissed, she lived to see them stand up and speak out and reach for the ballot. Yes we can. When there was despair in the dust bowl and depression across the land, she saw a nation conquer fear itself with a New Deal, new jobs and a new sense of common purpose. Yes we can. When the bombs fell on our harbor and tyranny threatened the world, she was there to witness a generation rise to greatness and a democracy was saved. Yes we can. She was there for the buses in Montgomery, the hoses in Birmingham, a bridge in Selma, and a preacher from Atlanta who told a people that quot;We Shall Over- come.quot; Yes we can. A man touched down on the moon, a wall came down in Berlin, a world was connected by our own science and imagination. And this year, in this election, she touched her finger to a screen, and cast her vote, because after 106 years in America, through the best of times and the darkest of hours, she knows how America can change. Yes we can. America, we have come so far. We have seen so much. But there is so much more to do. So tonight, let us ask ourselves - if our children should live to see the next century; if my daughters should be so lucky to live as long as Ann Nixon Cooper, what change will they see? What progress will we have made? This is our chance to answer that call. This is our moment. This is our time - to put our people back to work and open doors of op- portunity for our kids; to restore prosperity and promote the cause of peace; to reclaim the American Dream and reaffirm that fundamental truth - that out of many, we are one; that while we breathe, we hope, and where we are met with cynicism, and doubt, and those who tell us that we can't, we will respond with that timeless creed that sums up the spirit of a people: Yes We Can. Thank you. God bless you, and may God Bless the United States of America.” The full text of Obama’s speech can be found online at: http:// Scroll down to see it. Page 10 G L O B AL T H I NK ING WO M E N
  11. 11. Leadership and Development Arizona Thinking Women Kim Eagles, M.A.—Global Leadership Founder/Director Tempe, AZ 85281 www/ A Division of: ODATS Organizational Leadership and Development Training System “Global Women Have Something to Say” We’re on the Web! Yes We Did! by Kim Eagles It’s not often that we fearful of the future, sending them “into mourning” as quoted by get an opportunity to Family Activist, James Dobson. celebrate a moment in Whatever the reaction, President- elect Obama’s election is historic. history—examples include a People of all races, creeds and col- woman’s right to vote and man’s first ors voted for a man because his step onto the surface of the moon. But values, intelligence, dedication the first week in November, change oc- and love for the American Dream. curred in America. Whether or not The long cherished dream of Dr. your candidate won the 2008 Presiden- Martin Luther King Jr. came true tial Election, Barack Hussein Obama is on November 4th, 2008. Without our nation’s 44th President-elect. Not bad for a black man raised by sin- violence or revolution, on the gle woman once on welfare! wings of over 65 million votes As predicted by the late singer Sam Cook in 1964 in his song, “A (65,855,918), America embarked Change Gonna Come,” ‘change’ has finally arrived. Emotions ran high in a new direction. All I can say with the worldwide announcement that the United States had elected its is: YES, WE DID. For first Black President. For some individuals came tears of joy; some fell more on Kim’s reaction see: http:// to their knees in thanksgiving; some were speechless; and some became