Making Room

From Robbie Q. Summers, Continuity and Sustainability Manager

I humbly begin this Inclusive Communities Blog, to our IC friends, friends of friends and families, Happy Monday ya’ll!

Before I begin my thoughts, I would like to remind each of us that we have 15 days before we let the collective magnitude of our voices be heard. VOTE! Take your children to witness their future right, privilege, and responsibility. I’m reminded of Maya Angelou, as her involvement in the electoral process began during the Civil Rights Movement, as a member and coordinator of the Northern Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). She stated, “I would ask whoever is voted in to keep in mind that he is the president of the Latinos, of the poor whites in West Virginia and wherever else, of the blacks, of the Jews, of the growing Arab community. He is our president, whether we voted for him or not… I would love to see an end to the polarization, `the they’ and `the we’, I would love to see that.” Ms. Angelou, as well as others often spoke of voting as the great equalizer. She wanted people to participate, acknowledging, “as Rev. King wrote, ‘All progress is precarious.’ “So don’t sit on the sidelines. Don’t hesitate. Do not have any regrets”. Voting is one of the most important legacies you can leave your children and the diverse current generation and those to come.

Shifting our focus to a key area of my life that I have been fighting for during the COVID invasion, may help you. Peace of Mind. Peace in my mind and in my home amidst the chaos of lies, truths, hate, fear, greed, lack, loss, gain, remote teaching, good, evil, local, state and national politics, along with the constant borage of rhetoric of who is winning Republicans or Democrats. Often, my mind feels like a battlefield under siege. Who wins the battle is up to me, and I choose me! Earlier I mentioned fighting for peace, in order to regain and sustain peace in my mind and in our home I must actively choose to occasionally unplug from all forms of media, such as, Facebook, Messenger, Twitter, TikTok, Snapchat, news (written, online, television), etc… I must exhale and close shop on the external world for a brief time to reset, refocus, recharge, and reconnect making room for what are the most important treasures in my world, my family. I challenge you to pause, pull away and make room for what is most important to you. One thing we all share no matter our race, ethnicity, gender, age, or socioeconomic status, is that lately life seems shorter and more unpredictable than ever. You win when you intentionally make room, despite what it looks like, there is always a positive we can find among negative circumstance. Can you identify your personal positive?

Begin your Magnificent Monday by Being Awesome on Purpose!
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