This blog is my guilty pleasure. It allows me to share my thoughts in hope that someone else will find some value or learn something along the way. I post when something really special sticks in my consciousness and it seems worth sharing.
Last week our nation had a moment. It was a good moment. There was energy, cooperation, hope, imagination, and even teamwork.
There we were in all our glory for the world to see.
The moment centered on the recent record $1.6 billion U.S. Powerball lottery.
People openly and willingly gave some of their money to purchase a Powerball ticket or tickets. Some joined Powerball pools where contributions were collected from a group of people with the agreement that in the event the team won, the proceeds would be shared. Think about it. People who may not share the same opinions about hot button issues like war, abortion, legalizing marijuana, immigration, and gun control were more focused on reaching for a goal and taking a chance, than they were in in rallying for their individual causes or agenda. They also willingly became involved with people who might not share their religious or political beliefs. For the moment, it was all about that huge pile of money and ticket holders enjoying the equal opportunity chance to win or lose. There was a rather carefree and hopeful attitude which began to spread across the country. The world took notice too.
It first clicked for me at the moment when I was getting a cup of coffee in a public place and observed a man with a list talking to people he really didn’t know well. Where I live this means they may not go worship where he does, might be politically liberal (which is very uncommon here), might be poorer or richer financially then he is, or simply someone who just doesn’t move in his social circle. This man was encouraging others, male and female, to consider contributing to a Powerball pool. The paper was his list of participants.
In that one moment I knew that much of the divisiveness in our nation was being displaced, for a moment, by a desire for people to share in a common goal. People became more interested in what they could win by just taking a small financial chance on the unknown, and maybe even on each other.
Social media and good old fashioned verbal conversations began among people about how they would spend, invest share, gift, or use the money. Yes, the dreams were big, but the process was fun, exciting, and hopeful. Who knows, maybe those who didn’t win will still move forward on those dreams and encourage others who put their dreams out there.
Yes, we had a good moment. Here’s hoping for many more.