Rebuild. Reconcile. Recover. From our new National Youth Poet Laureate! Amanda Gorman. In yesterday’s inauguration, my highlight was Amanda Gorman. I’ve always loved poetry, but I’ve never seen it come to life as it did yesterday. At a time when our country is facing a pandemic, incredible divisiveness and a loss of what makes the country safe, Amanda captured our needs in three words. Rebuild. Reconcile. Recover.
Rebuilding can be repairing the damage to our Capitol building. It can also be rebuilding our infrastructure and our ability to deliver vaccines through a fractured health system. Reconciling between political parties, families and friends. Recovering what sets us apart from other countries. The three R’s should be our foundation as we move forward under the new administration. Whether or not you voted for the Biden-Harris administration, choosing not to work toward the common good of our country and its people is short sighted. You are punishing yourself if you don’t work toward the common good. You are condemning thousands to hunger and poverty, death from an uncontrolled pandemic, and increasing dysfunction. Facts not lies. A Congress that puts aside petty partisanship in favor of healing our country must happen!
So what can we do to help? Be positive. Scroll past negativity. Ignore untruths. Pray for those who believe the conspiracy theories. We may never be able to overcome the indoctrination of the past four years, but pray that calmer heads will prevail. We are better than violence and mayhem.
Let’s recover our joy and celebrate our future!