“When change comes, you gotta slow down and take note of it. In the midst of that change is all the possibility in the world.”
Today feels like a long beautiful exhale of relief and joy. As a white woman with immense privilege in our country, I notice this feeling as it arises in me, overwhelming me at times today and lifting me up with hope. And yet, I can only imagine how others, those marginalized most in our nation, are feeling as they witness this shift towards more humanity and dignity in our leadership.
What are you feeling today?
I am moved by the welcoming connection that faith had within the Inaugural ceremonies. I noticed moments of pause and prayer. I appreciated expressions of creativity through music and word. Spirit was very much a part of today’s formality. And I think it is important to remember that we are a people of heart and justice and the common good.
Amanda Gorman, our National Youth Poet Laureate, spoke clearly, prophetically, from the footsteps of a building that holds our history, good and bad, struggle and celebration……..our nation’s capital.
“We’ve seen a force that would shatter our nation rather than share it, Would destroy our country if it meant delaying democracy.
And this effort very nearly succeeded.
But while democracy can be periodically delayed,
It can never be permanently defeated.
In this truth, in this faith we trust.
For while we have our eyes on the future,
History has its eyes on us.”
-Amanda Gorman (full video)
Today we honor the fragility of our democracy by highlighting the brilliance of a country that passes leadership from one to another in peace.
My gratitude for this transition is powerful. But this gratitude will lead me into the work that must be done to heal our communities and our nation in the days ahead.
Using my unique voice, and you, using your unique voice, now our work begins. Again. Together.