2007 Edge Question: what are you optimistic about?

Lots of interesting people are talking about the Edge question: what are you optimistic about and why?

Last week I met hundreds of Americans in four cities. That experience made me much more optimistic about the future.

One guy, in particular, gave me a tour of his FEMA trailer in a poor, decimated, New Orleans neighborhood and then took me inside his stripped-out home that had been flooded eight feet deep with water and muck. He was black. I was white. Not that that matters, but in previous decades I probably wouldn’t have been invited into his home. He had an awesome attitude, despite the crap that life had dealt him. He made me optimistic once again that we can take on tough challenges and come through with a laugh, a smile, and a great joke about it all.

But, then I realized why he had a great attitude. He had friends who were helping him rebuild his house. They were working on making their neighborhood better. One stud at a time, one of them told me.

They made me optimistic that my son will see a better world than I’ve seen. One where we can figure out how to bootstrap communities out of poverty. One where we see the last vestiges of “isms” disappear. One where we help each other out — one nail at a time, if need be.

Thank you New Orleans for the optimism and thank you to everyone who helped get me there (Seagate, PodTech, John Edwards in particular).

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  2. Robert,

    If you go to Church, remind them not to forget the Katrina victims now that you have met them.

    I put a small reminder in the plate each time it is passed. It helps keep the issue up front at the local level.

    Our group (Church) sent 30 prefab shells of homes contructed by 3000 volunteers (Libs/Consv) to the Katrina area. One person can continue to make a difference.
    Please keep them on the blogs/Churches/hearts for donations.

  3. Robert,

    If you go to Church, remind them not to forget the Katrina victims now that you have met them.

    I put a small reminder in the plate each time it is passed. It helps keep the issue up front at the local level.

    Our group (Church) sent 30 prefab shells of homes contructed by 3000 volunteers (Libs/Consv) to the Katrina area. One person can continue to make a difference.
    Please keep them on the blogs/Churches/hearts for donations.

  4. [...] I hadn’t heard about the Edge question until I started reading blogs this morning and saw a couple links. The question is a very good one to start this new year out with, so as I watch the Rose Parade CapitalOne Bowl in HD, I’ll chip away at answering it. And I haven’t yet read any of the A-list bloggers comments yet… [...]

  5. Don’t forget the Mississippi Gulf Coast. We’re still hurting from Katrina too.

    As to Edge – my favorite answer was the one that showed how much better things get all the time, but because or media focuses on the sensationalistic negatives everybody thinks it’s getting worse.

  6. Don’t forget the Mississippi Gulf Coast. We’re still hurting from Katrina too.

    As to Edge – my favorite answer was the one that showed how much better things get all the time, but because or media focuses on the sensationalistic negatives everybody thinks it’s getting worse.

  7. Frankly, Brad, I’m tired of white, affluent people from Mississippi butting in to declare that they are the ones who REALLY deserve sympathy, not poor black people in New Orleans. Most of you had insurance and many of the homes damaged were second or third residences. So, enough already. I do think your remark shows just far away from doing away with ‘isms’ in 2007.

  8. Frankly, Brad, I’m tired of white, affluent people from Mississippi butting in to declare that they are the ones who REALLY deserve sympathy, not poor black people in New Orleans. Most of you had insurance and many of the homes damaged were second or third residences. So, enough already. I do think your remark shows just far away from doing away with ‘isms’ in 2007.

  9. Good atricle, and I agree with the sentiments – I am making a conscious effort to think more optimistically this year :-)

    However, if we get rid of the last few “isms”, wouldn’t we be getting rid of optimism? ;-)

    Mike K.

  10. Good atricle, and I agree with the sentiments – I am making a conscious effort to think more optimistically this year :-)

    However, if we get rid of the last few “isms”, wouldn’t we be getting rid of optimism? ;-)

    Mike K.