On this day, 1/20/21, Joseph R. Biden and Kamala D. Harris take the oath of office for President and Vice President of the United States, respectively. It has been a surreal and difficult four years for our country. We now have a President that vows to govern for the people – all of the people. This is what we needed to hear.
Whether we voted for the Biden/Harris ticket or not, these are the two individuals that will guide our country for the next four years. We need to put aside our differences and look at how we can move forward and make our country the very best country that it can be.
We start by making the effort to heal ourselves, while at the same time reaching out to heal the great divide that has happened in our country. These are just a few steps that we can take to start the process (and it is a process, not an overnight miracle):
- Accept that the current state of affairs is what it is.
- Forgive ourselves for disagreeing with others, and forgive them for disagreeing with us.
- Stand behind our leaders – give them our support when we feel that we can support them, and speak up directly to them when we feel that issues are not being addressed appropriately.
- Understand that masking, social distancing, and washing our hands are part of the process that we have to go through to get back any semblance of normalcy.
- Understand that the new administration needs to be given time to get the COVID-19 vaccines out there and in place and that there needs to be government help in making those vaccines available to the population as a whole.
- Reach out and help your neighbors and your community, in whatever way that you can.
- Recognize that mental health at this time is an issue. Try not to judge people too quickly, or too harshly.
- Begin your day by writing out a list of five things that you are thankful for. In the worst of times, we can be thankful for something.
This is a new begining for all of us – I wish you all well!
For information on COVID-19: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
Mental Health Hotline (English and Spanish): 1-800-662-4357
Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255
(c) January 2021 Bonnie Cehovet
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