Politics Monday: Lend a Hand, Find Common Ground

Here is the thing about life: there is no accounting for what fate will deal you. Some days you need a hand; there are other days when we are called to lend a hand.

President Joe Biden’s Inauguration Address

My Neighbors Lent Us A Hand During My Illness

Until my near-fatal illness in 2019 4,500 miles from home, I didn’t understand that our neighborhood was also our community. In addition to collecting our mail and tending to our garden, they suspended our homeowner’s association dues — the lifeblood of any gated community — until we returned. They even offered to pay our bills. When we finally returned home, neighbors that had never stepped foot in our home stopped by to check on me. Every step I took down the block was accompanied by vigorous thumbs ups from passing cars.

We All Lend Each Other a Hand During the Pandemic

The pandemic has only reinforced our relationships. Younger neighbors did our shopping early on. One woman shared bags of apples and salad-makings from Feeding South Florida, and I baked pies in return. We distributed avocados from the tree I grew from a pit, and lots of folks got Christmas cookies from me this year. We all give each other thumbs ups every day for surviving this awful pandemic.

By Lending A Hand, We Find Common Ground

President Biden’s Inaugural Address was filled with the attributes that build community. Humility, vulnerability, compassion, resilience, interdependence, solidarity. Self-confident patriotism. He called on us to find common ground.

This is our historic moment of crisis and challenge, and unity is the path forward, and we must meet this moment as the United States of America.’

Joe Biden’s Inaugural Address

The editors of The Palm Beach Post echoed the refrain.

We believe Americans stand at the brink of a crossroads. Both sides can remain mired in partisan rancor. Or they can look for a way back to civil discourse and a focus on the common good.

The Editors, The Palm Beach Post

Leave it to Bruce Springsteen to say it best in Jeep’s Super Bowl commercial last night.

We just have to remember the very soil we stand on is common ground, so we can get there. Our light has always found its way through the darkness. And there’s hope on the road up ahead.

Bruce Springsteen, The Middle

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