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Breathe, then push …

[caption id="attachment_5169" align="alignright" width="300"] Blog by Justice Promoter Kelly Litt[/caption] During these summer days, I love that the sun sets later, allowing me to soak up summer beauty throughout the evening. I find so much joy in seeing flowers blooming and birds tweeting around. There is something bright and hopeful about summertime when children are seen playing in the streets and the smell of barbecues can be found on the weekends. Yet there is still work to be done in the summertime. We’ve been aware of the continual struggle to save health care and protect the vulnerable who would lose the most with the proposed Better Care Reconciliation Act. So while we are enjoying long sun-filled days this summer, the world can look a bit dark and hopeless. Since Election 2016, we’ve been talking a lot about how to persevere through disheartening times and destructive policies. We know that policies must be constructed while keeping in mind that all citizens and individuals are our brothers and sisters. In early June I was introduced to a short clip of a speech by Valerie Kaur. This speech was given shortly after Election 2016 and describes both her concern and hope. Watch the short video here. Valerie asks “what if this darkness is not the darkness of the tomb, but the darkness of the womb. What if our America is not dead but a country that is waiting to be born? What if this is our nation’s great transition?” The darkness of the womb will soon bring light and life. This labor may be long and painful, but Valerie reminds us, “What does the midwife tell us to do? Breath, and then push.” During these summer days, it’s important to relax, to breathe, and not to try to fix everything in a day. What do we want to give birth to in this great transition?

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