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Keep Hope Alive During This Challenging Time

We are capable of trumping every disaster that comes our way. Photo credit: Jared Erondu/Unsplash.

Keep Hope Alive During This Challenging Time

By Ettie Rutherford
Contributing Columnist

Ettie Rutherford 1Over the last few months, we have all had a front-row seat to the variety of ways that people have reacted to the devastation that the world is now experiencing.

If we are not careful, it would be quite easy for everyone to become negative and self-absorbed, so it is important for everyone to think back to Wednesday, January 20, 2021, when the world watched as the United States held the inauguration of President, Joe Biden, and Vice-President, Kamala Harris.

As we witnessed the ceremony we saw, in simple but effective ways, the coming together of a White man and a Black women, who are striving to bring hope, order, and dignity to what, for the last four years, had eroded a country’s collective distrust of leadership, in default. People are now more hopeful that the United States will resume its position, as a world leader, to be trusted and respected.

From here onwards, we must realize that throughout these difficult days what we need to move forward, like Biden and Harris, will be a positive attitude, a clear vision and specific plans to move from dejection to overcoming with hope.

Repeatedly, President Biden has referred to his plan, while making it abundantly clear that for him to succeed, he must join in partnership with past Presidents, from both the Republican and Democratic parties. Inclusivity.

As we move forward, it would be good for us to remember that:
> Men and women, of different races, can join in unity for the common good.
> Black women, as shown by Vice-President Harris, have always been capable, respectable, intelligent and change-agents.
> Good leadership means including others, who went on before.
> Moving forward cannot be done without a clear plan-of action.
> Setting priorities must the main focus. For Biden it is the coronavirus.
> Falling down might be an accident, or the result of poor leadership, but staying down is an option.

Let us rise up, seek council, and put a plan in place for moving forward with hope. We are capable of trumping every disaster that comes our way, as we face the months ahead — with integrity, gratitude, and hope.

In Sisterhood.

Award-winning Ettie Rutherford, B.Ed, Dip.Ed, M.Ed, is an educator, life coach, consultant and author of “Why Perch Like A Chick When You Can Soar Like An Eagle?”. An accomplished public speaker, Ettie is the Founder and CEO of Women Are Worthy, which provides step-by-step strategies for women to achieve their goals, with a minimum amount of stress. She can be reached at ettie@womenrworthy.com

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