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A New Beginning

Why today gives us hope:

First, we hope everyone has seen and tried out our all new SupportGroups.com! We worked really hard on the new design and advanced features and we truly hope that everyone is as overjoyed as we are with the end result!

Second, we just finished watching the Inauguration of President Joseph Biden and Kamala Harris and to say that tears were shed would be inaccurate, it was ugly sobs of happiness that ran down our collective faces. Having the Senate Building be the background to this historic event after it was ground zero for a domestic terrorist attack just two weeks ago, is a stunning reminder of America's resilience. President Biden has been sworn in and is now our 46th President, in his Inauguration speech he eloquently asked of us as a nation to come together in unity.

“I know speaking of unity can sound to some like a foolish fantasy these days. I know that the forces that divide us are deep and they are real. But I also know they are not new. Our history has been a constant struggle between the American ideal that we all are created equal, and the harsh ugly reality that racism, nativism, fear, demonization have long torn us apart."
-President Joseph Biden, Inauguration Speech, January 20th 2021

Third, Madam Vice President, Kamala Harris has made history as the United State’s first Female Vice President. She is the daughter of immigrants, she is brilliant, she is kind and her megawatt smile seems to say that things are going to be okay, that she has our backs. In a 2018 speech at Spelman College she spoke about breaking barriers, something she has a lot of experience with, but her humility in WHY she has done what she has done and accomplished what she has accomplished is in a word, stunning.

“And that’s why breaking those barriers is worth it. As much as anything else, it is also to create that path for those who will come after us.” -Madam Vice President, Kamala Harris

Fourth, Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman, presenting her poem, “The Hill We Climb.” She was stunning, her words gripped us and the waterworks flowed. We were stuck by the power of her words and the eloquence of her delivery. Do yourself a favor and watch her perform, read her work, she will inspire you and for a moment or more, her words will wrap around your brain and your heart and in that space of time, you will be transported.

“We’ve braved the belly of the beast. We’ve learned that quiet isn’t always peace. In the norms and notions of what just is isn’t always justice. And yet, the dawn is ours before we knew it. 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.”
-From the First Stanza of “The Hill We Climb” by Amanda Gorman

Fifth and final on our list, Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez and Garth Brooks. Music is a gift and it can be used to stir within us so many varying emotions. These three artists came together to sing our National Anthem, God Bless America and Amazing Grace, some of the most iconic songs there are in America. They blessed us with their talent, made us sob away a lot of pain we had accumulated over the last 4 years, basically they were the cherries on top of a glorious and inspiring day.

We are exhausted from crying, our mouths hurt from smiling so much (we are out of practice), our hearts are full and for the first time in a while, we have hope.

All the best-SG

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