“In our seeking for economic and political progress, as a nation we all go up-or else we all go down.”
-Franklin D. Roosevelt
It amazes me how certain quotes withstand the test of time and today’s quote from President Franklin D. Roosevelt is no different. His quote is directly from his second Inaugural Address from January 20, 1937 and came at a time before World War II started in 1939 and before the United States entered that same war in 1941. Even though he could never have been able to predict what would happen four years later from the time he gave this address, this quote encouraging our nation to rise up together in order to make steady progress both economically and politically was actually the catalyst for future prosperity within our nation post World War II for years to come. The reason? We came together as a nation for a just cause. There was no political or individual/business economic agenda again either. It was, to use a saying from the Three Musketeers: “All for one, and one for all.”
We always say history repeats itself. I think if there has ever been a time for us to have it repeat itself again it is now. Between what we are going through as a nation with the pandemic, the social injustice that continues to happen where equity is so desperately needed and the constant bickering and degrading that is occurring by both political parties we need to have a moment like what happened in 1937 happen again. Each of these areas are having a significant impact on our relationship skills with one another and not in a good way. We are drifting further apart rather than coming together and we need to hit that imaginary emergency break now before it is too late.
The four pillars of what keeps our relationships healthy and better yet afloat are communication, social engagement, relationship building and teamwork. If I’m being honest I don’t think we are even close to receiving high marks in any of these areas. In the beginning of the pandemic I was hopeful with the kindness that was being displayed by multiple people towards one another that we were heading in the right direction but since the murder of George Floyd and the resurgence of Covid 19, unfortunately, that is no the case.
We need to as a nation have someone step up and put a stop to all of this. It seems like we are trying to be more or less reactive and put out constant fires instead of being proactive and take the necessary measures to prevent them. We have the chance to rise up together as a nation again and become stronger but that can only happen if we are intentional in rebuilding our relationships with one another. We have fragments of unity and all we need to do is connect the pieces together to make our nation whole again. United we stand. Divided we fall. So let’s put our pride and differences to the side and do what is necessary to make things right in the nation and the world once again. Our children and their future depends on it.
What does this quote mean to you and how can you apply today’s message towards developing your relationship skills?