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I had something random-but-not-random all lined up for this week. Then I heard Amanda Gorman recite her poem The Hill We Climb during President Biden’s Inauguration. It was so incredible I wanted to give a heads-up in case you didn’t catch it, you haven’t heard someone you know tell you about it, or you were on a backcountry ski tour or somewhere cool and out of information range.
There’s so much to her poem it seems silly to pull out a single piece. That just means it’ll likely speak to many of us, in different ways. For me, this was what stood out:
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 our union with purpose.