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We’re Not Broken, but Simply Unfinished: The Power of Having a Vision for the Future

Updated: Feb 26, 2021

It was just about a month ago when Amanda Gorman, the first-ever youth poet laureate read her poem, The Hill We Climb, at the inauguration of President Joe Biden. And what a reception she received from those who heard her words!

That day we saw a young woman who spoke of the darkness that lives in our history, yet she holds a light for a way forward, for a better future for us, for our country, for our children.

For this is the hill we must climb.

And as she shared that day, we will rise, battered and beautiful, in the new light of dawn – if we have the courage to see the light and to be the light.

In this month of honoring Black History, let us honor the passion and wisdom of this young American poet descended from slaves who, in her short life, is aware of the past she has stepped into and sees a vision of how to repair and emerge from it with beauty for a better tomorrow.

For we are not broken but simply unfinished.

Let us take the words of Amanda within our hearts and let them simmer for a while. Let us hold our wounds with gentleness and love.

Then, let us realize that we too, as individuals, are not broken, but simply unfinished. And we can rise with courage, battered and beautiful, to be the light in the world.

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What is left unfinished in you that the world is waiting to receive?

What light are you still meant to bring into the world if only you are courageous enough to see it? To be it?

What dreams still live in your heart waiting to burst out into the world to bring a new dawn?

May the time be now for all of us to see the light, to be the light and to bring a new dawn into the world!

Enjoy the excerpt below of Amanda Gorman’s poem. May it inspire you to be a light in the world today.

The Hill We Climb

When day comes we ask ourselves,

where can we find light in this never-ending shade?

…We've braved the belly of the beast

We've learned that quiet isn't always peace

…Somehow we do it

Somehow we've weathered and witnessed

a nation that isn't broken

but simply unfinished

We the successors of a country and a time

Where a skinny Black girl

descended from slaves and raised by a single mother

can dream of becoming president

only to find herself reciting for one

And yes we are far from polished

far from pristine

but that doesn't mean we are

striving to form a union that is perfect

We are striving to forge a union with purpose

To compose a country committed to all cultures, colors, characters and

conditions of man

And so we lift our gazes not to what stands between us

but what stands before us

We close the divide because we know, to put our future first,

we must first put our differences aside

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 tired, we tried

… victory won't lie in the blade

But in all the bridges we've made

That is the promise to glade

The hill we climb

…So let us leave behind a country

better than the one we were left with

Every breath from my bronze-pounded chest,

we will raise this wounded world into a wondrous one

We will rise from the gold-limbed hills of the west,

we will rise from the windswept northeast

where our forefathers first realized revolution

We will rise from the lake-rimmed cities of the midwestern states,

we will rise from the sunbaked south

We will rebuild, reconcile and recover

and every known nook of our nation and

every corner called our country,

our people diverse and beautiful will emerge,

battered and beautiful

When day comes we step out of the shade,

aflame and unafraid

The new dawn blooms as we free it

For there is always light,

if only we're brave enough to see it

If only we're brave enough to be it

Find out more about our first-ever Live Your Dreams retreat in September 2021 at our new Oasis, Good&Sharp Studios. We’ll support you in making your dreams a reality. Come and join us!

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