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Updated: May 31, 2020

What does the word power mean to you? Here are two definitions from the dictionary.

"the ability to do something or act in a particular way, especially as a faculty or quality."

"the capacity or ability to direct or influence the behavior of others or the course of events."

It has been a tough week. For most of my life, I have been proud to be an American. I know that my presence in the world can help make a difference within my small community and our broader community. I still believe that my presence can make a difference. Being an American has a different meaning for each of us. "Let freedom ring" is a phrase that comes to mind. So many men and women have served and offered their lives fighting for this freedom. I am free to make choices for myself and my family—each decision I make Impacts my family and the greater whole. We have been cocooning since March. During this time, people have lost jobs, been laid off, and lost family members. Yet, most people have experienced this together. Within the cocooning, feelings we have pushed down and ignored have come to the surface to greet us. What happens when these feelings arise? Do you meet them with love, or do you push them away because it's too painful? This week we as a nation lost more friends and family members to COVID 19. We also witnessed the loss of a man, Mr. Floyd, who had a family and friends, was part of a community, and had a purpose. The officers who committed the act of power over this man will never be the same. Nor will we as a Nation. How many times do we have to watch senseless violence? It hurt me deeply to learn that once again, another person of color was killed. My understanding of a civil servant is that one "will serve we the people, all the people." What does service mean to you?

After this happened, I read a Facebook message from a North Port resident. She had gone to the supermarket for groceries. As she was leaving the store, a man walked up to her and put his hand up and pulled his trigger finger at her. She grew up in North Port and has a different ethnicity. She told us, her local community, that she is now frightened. I was shocked and became very angry. I was actually fuming for a couple of days. Many Americans have watched as our government has been hijacked by a group of people who have successfully isolated us from the larger world. We watched those hired to protect our liberties with oversight fired. We have witnessed the implosion of the congress. We have never before been governed by tweets and witnessed blatant discrimination.

Where are our leaders? "We, the people," are our leaders! Can you feel the earth imploding? People have been in their homes since March. I believe what we are witnessing right now is a response that is needed. People are furious with the inaction of those who represent us. The laws that have protected us in the past are now questionable. So people will take action. We are genuinely in a transformational moment. All that no longer serves us as a human family is rising to the surface for all to see. Will you be part of the transformation? Can you be the light amid the darkness? Can you be a presence of love offering to empower others? What's next? I don't know about you, but I am ready for this transformation. This week's affirmations will focus on empowerment.

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