In the aftermath of a particularly challenging presidential campaign I am reminded of these words: “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” written by Emma Lazarus for a fundraiser for the pedestal on which the Statue of Liberty sits. The words are a poignant reminder of the moral code the United States of America has honored since its inception.

There is palpable fear following the election of Donald Trump as our next president. It is evident on social media and I witnessed several people at the gum today walking around with numb, stunned facial expressions. The televisions were broadcasting a meeting between President Obama and Mr. Trump – it was as though the reality hadn’t been fully absorbed as people stared at the television with confusion. The election results send a clear message that a majority of Americans want change from the status quo of politics as usual.

As an advocate of all, I want change as well. I want our children to be safe from gunfire in their schools, I want children to have clean water and enough food to eat, I want women who are victimized to be meaningfully supported, I demand that all American’s regardless of their religion, political alignment, and sexual orientation to be treated equally.

More than anything, I want the fractures between groups of Americans healed. I crave a sense of connection and honor among us that uplifts to help us all be better versions of ourselves.

I take responsibility for my obligation to welcome all into my counseling practice.

I take responsibility to close the gaps amongst us in every action that I take.

I take responsibility to advocate for and stand up for the tire, the poor, the disenfranchised, the victimized.

I take responsibility for strengthening my voice, my intentions and my actions.

How will you take responsibility for insuring the well-being of our country? 


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