It’s Time to Take Time

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In our 24/7 business and media world it’s easy to get caught up in the moment. Financial programs breathlessly shout out the latest ups and downs in stocks, unemployment, consumer confidence, and all other sorts of short term data designed to keep you tuned in, if not just plain depressed.

But that leaves little time for sober reflection on the problems and opportunities we face as a nation.

With the dramatic change in leadership in Washington, there is now a unique opportunity for all of us to step back to take a look forward with a sense of renewed purpose. This is still the world’s strongest economy, driven by our can-do spirit, democratic ideals and devotion to country. We were again reminded of that with President Obama’s Inaugural speech.

“Today I say to you that the challenges we face are real, they are serious and they are many. They will not be met easily or in a short span of time. But know this America: They will be met.”

Whether you agree with his politics or not, you must agree that his sober assessment of the problems we face, and his call for the country to unite in solving them, sounded the right note.

Let us give President Obama and ourselves the time and the patience to get it right.

(Brian Banmiller is a national Business Correspondent for CBS News Radio, free lance writer and public speaker. The former television business news anchor in San Francisco can be reached at brian@banmilleronbusiness.com .)