This day is different, An inauguration is always a time of heightened emotion but today is special in so many ways. Throughout the day I find myself bursting into tears. The recent storm that, from my vantage point, seemed to cover the whole world in a blanket of deep, deep, white snow created a clean slate. It has the purity of a crisp new sheet of paper waiting to be written upon. This year’s celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day has a different luster. All is rising up to meet this day.
As I listen to the voices of young people singing on the steps of the capitol I am overcome. Their faces, bright and smiling, reflect the faces in the crowd there to listen and celebrate. There are tears too. Tears of joy that encompass the struggles of what brought us here to this place and time. A man as well educated, traveled and experienced as Barack Obama could not be called innocent. But he holds the innocence of opportunity-of knowing that in the unknown, new and better ways are possible. I felt that this card from my SoulCollage deck-The Innocent-held special significance today. I am happy to share it with you.
It is a bright, bright, sun-shiny day.
I am the innocent one, starting on a new journey.
I cannot see what lies ahead as the road curves beyond my view.
I am the happy child.
I am happy to explore, see, feel, touch, smell and experience all new things and to see old things in new ways.
The road ahead has no signs. I am free to go as I want.
I am the one who allows the world to bloom before me.
I hold it in my hand.