The year 2013 has come and gone. Are we better or worse than we were in 2012?
Regardless of where we are now, we can aim to be better in 2014. Most of us strive to be healthy, wealthy and wise. Others strive to be advocates for change and the betterment of the community at large.
So, before we move forward, let's review a few of the significant moments of 2013 and how they may impact the world as we know it.
President Nelson Mandela worked as hard to accomplish peace as he did to abolish apartheid in his home country of South Africa. While the world mourned his death, it forced us to evaluate his role in history.
As the winner of over 250 awards and honors, he was revered by many. He represented redemption and the thought process of how to move on peacefully when fighting a lifetime for human rights. Despite his unjust treatment under inhumane conditions, which could have resulted in revolution and blood in the streets, he was unwavering in his desire for peace for his people.
During his lifetime, Mandela became known as man unafraid to speak truth to power. The world has lost not only a visionary and peacemaker, but a man of courage and a true leader of our time.
Affordable Health Care Act
This legislation is a game changer for many. Healthcare coverage for the masses, including for those with pre-existing conditions and young adults, can only be considered a great thing when viewed from the proper perspective.
While the implementation and rollout appear to be challenging, the result should be historic and beneficial to families across the country. Remember, the first prototype is usually never perfect. We have come a long way from the first automobile and the first telephone. So therefore, nationally, it is too soon to evaluate the overall impact and result.
As a mother with a young African-American son, I am frightened by the result of this case.
Many in the community would say that we have evolved as a result of the civil rights movement. But others would say that the more the laws, change the more things stay the same.
Are laws such as "Stand Your Ground" negatively impacting the African-American community? Well, it certainly depends on how they are implemented.
Trayvon Martin has passed on, but his legacy will endure as we struggle to make sense of the mindless killing of a young man with unlimited potential.
Promises were broken and Delta made a business decision.
For the business traveler, we need more frequent flights at a more cost-effective level across the board.
In addition to a reduction of flights, Delta also cut jobs. The cutbacks affected businesses in the surrounding area as well as businesses inside the airport.
While we are super-successful at moving packages and cargo, we need to match that success in moving passengers. Atlanta, Houston, Dallas and Chicago were all peers at one time. The commonality between all of these cities is a successful, thriving airport with a focus on moving the business traveler.
A real change is long overdue and we welcome it with open arms.
Shelby County Schools
Now that the city and county school systems have merged, all eyes are on the resulting Shelby County School (SCS) system. With a new leader and a budget of over one billion dollars, the opportunity to do business with SCS should be pursued by local business owners.
While the education of our children is of primary importance, SCS doing business with the local community is just as important.We wish the new superintendent well in his new undertaking.
Consortium Memphis Music Town
Memphis saw the creation of a new music organization. According to its website, the Consortium MMT is a 501 (c) nonprofit organization dedicated to developing a viable music industry in Memphis for the future.
The Consortium MMT is out to accomplish this goal by providing a learning structured environment to enrich and equip our talents with proven tools to build the next generation of successful soul music professionals. Music icon David Porter has created a program that provides talented and dedicated young people with direct knowledge, proven techniques and insight from internationally successful music industry veterans.
More than a school, The Consortium MMT provides real world experience and mentorship, creating a direct path to success for talented recording artists, entertainers, songwriters and producers.
Yes, 2013 has been an emotional roller coaster full of ups and downs. On balance, we are on solid ground for entering 2014 optimistic of a bright new year full of opportunity and cheer.