Supporting and Defending

If the word "augur" means to portend, no one pretends that tomorrow's inauguration will fix everything. Similar to four years ago, nearly half of voting Americans will be glad and others will be sad.

And yet we move on. The key is that we move. Or, as T. S. Eliot put it in The Four Quartets: "to be still and still moving."

What is true is that no matter who is president, we are the commander-in-chief of our individual lives. We can play the blame game, get upset with circumstances outside of us (and outside of our control) or we can take our own oath of home (or office, if you prefer):

"As I begin this new year, this new term of my life, I do solemnly affirm that I will support and defend all that I hold dear in the state of my united body and mind and soul:

-against the enemies of negativity, self-doubt, excuse-making

-both foreign (others' moods, opinions and outer circumstances)

-and domestic (inner struggles with the deepest truth of my self)

-without any purpose of evasion but rather right intentionality and clear choice-making

And I will faithfully discharge the duties and delights of this one life I have been given, so help me God."

Cue the roaring crowd, applause and affirmation. So begins your term. I can't wait to hear your State of the Self next year at this time!


The actual words of the oath of office for the presidential inauguration are:

"I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God."

Join us tomorrow (Wednesday, January 20th at 7pm) for our first zoominar of the year entitled "Beyond Boundaries." Click here for more information and/or to register.