One week out from Election Day, and there's much to consider. You probably already know who you'll vote for, so that's done. But how are you feeling about the state of things these days and about where we're headed as a country? And what about your own efforts to create hope and change -- how might they change given the election? Take the self-assessment and see where you come out. For me, it often feels like the general election never really took off, which is strange given just how many deep challenges the nation confronts. The short list includes an economic collapse, two wars, global climate change, and the housing crisis, not to mention all the issues that exist beyond these immediate headlines.
It's enough to make your head spin. So, what's next? No matter what, we'll have a new president in just over a week. Given that, here are some questions to consider:
1. What two or three big priorities should the country tackle, and how optimistic are you that we can make real progress?
2. What's the condition of politics and public life in your local community, what should be done in the next six months to make a positive difference?
3. How much hope do you feel today -- and why?
I hope you'll think these questions over and respond. I'm curious as to how you see things, and how you feel about them. We're potentially at a major juncture in history. So, please, jot down your responses and post them in the comments below or email them to me at rharwood at theharwoodinstitute.org. I'll be in touch.