This is from my Niece, Tara, a graduate assistant instructor at BYU on Belief, Hope and Choosing. It is very sweet. I choose to believe in America too. Thanks Tara. You can follow her blog at this site http://taratboyce.wordpress.com/ or by clicking here.
TEN YEARS LATER,
I choose to believe in America, even if we're still at war and in debt and out of jobs.
I choose to believe in Americans, even if we vote for different parties, pray to different gods or don't pray to a god at all--that we all have it in us and around us to be better.
I choose to believe in God, sacrifice, forgiveness, and hard work, even if I don't always get what I wish I deserved.
I choose to believe that in America, pain, cruelty, prejudices, and hardship can be triumphed because they have so many times before and they will, still.
I choose to believe in holding hands while praying, no matter who is on my left or on my right.
I choose to believe in putting my hand over my heart, even if no one is watching--that it means something so much more than me because I choose to believe in so much more than me.
I choose to believe in my vote, even if my vote may not make a difference in Utah; even if I don't get who I want.
I choose to believe in my voice, even if it's little and I only get so many followers on my blog.
I choose to believe that America is still a gift. That the American stories about courage and hope and faith are just as real and needed now as they were way back when, no matter who tells us to get over it. That even though so much is still unfair and hard and even scary, dreams are real and can be real and that there is power in me and my choice.
I choose to honor the victims and the heroes and the American citizens of September 11, 2001 by deciding now to believe and hope in us again.