I watched Amanda Gorman recite the poem- The Hill we climb today at the Inauguration. As I was listening, I knew that I would need to find the transcript and read the words myself as soon as I could. When I did, these words stood out to me-
. We lay down our arms so we can reach out our arms to one another. We seek harm to none and harmony for all. Let the globe, if nothing else, say this is true. That even as we grieved, we grew. That even as we hurt, we hoped. That even as we tried, we tried that will forever be tied together victorious. Not because we will never again know defeat, but because we will never again sow division.
These words read to me as a Call to Action.
It doesn’t have to be either-or; we don’t have to pick sides- We can grieve for those who have lost and have hope for the future. What stood out to me was the line we will never again sow division. That is the challenge and call higher, sowing division is an intentional choice, one that we can avoid and need to avoid. The read was very inspiring.