'To cherish a desire with anticipation: to want something to happen or be true.
A feeling of trust. To desire with expectation of obtainment or fulfillment.'
A BRIEF RECAP OF 2020
As we move forward and hopefully far far away from the literal dumpster fire that was 2020, we are faced with a choice. To be hopeful that things will be better or allow cynicism to creep into our minds.
2021 is a beacon of light at the end of a very long tunnel; we must have hope against all hope in this time so that when the fire dyes down, we rise stronger than ever from it's ashes.
HOPE AGAINST HOPE
In the year 2021, let us hope without bias, hope without the expectation of fulfillment, hope without contentment for dreams that have crashed and burned the year before, and simply hope for the sake of hope.
This year we are looking to heal but with healing often comes scarring. The collective trauma we as a nation have endured will cause irrevocable ripples throughout our lives. While this trauma can cause dissonance and isolation it can also breed stronger communities and foster a sense of togetherness.
Whether you are processing your trauma or just now realizing its effects, let us heal together.
Healed & Refreshed is a community and we state that this community is a welcoming safe space. Safe spaces foster hope, they encourage positivity and collaboration, and are often overlooked in developing a culture of advocacy and change.
Foster hope in your own community by providing a Safe Space. Safe Spaces aren't just for businesses; your home or office can be a Safe Space too.
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CREATING A SAFE SPACE
What is a Safe Space?
Safe Spaces are places created for those who feel marginalized, whether it is due to systematic oppression or cultural assimilation, to come together and create a dialogue based on their shared experiences.
How can I create a Safe Space?
For an Office: Sticker your door, window or anywhere visible with a Safe Space sticker. Depending on your profession, ie. mental health professional and population you are working with, ie. older adults or children, you may need to make sure to disclose if you are a mandate reporter as well as any other reporting policies when offering a Safe Space. Have a Safe Space office hour, where multiple students, clients or coworkers, etc. can come and just chat about their work and their life experiences.
For a Home: Simply explain the concept when necessary and with whom you feel comfortable. Have some information available and a reputable resource in case your home isn’t the best place for someone but they express their need for one. Be an educator, help others find Safe Spaces in your area or introduce the concept as an option for those in need.
For a business: Depending on your profession and the population your business serves, there may be a need to have a discussion about whether creating a Safe Space is wanted or needed in your establishment. The easiest way to find out is assess your clients or community – ask them if they want a space to discuss life experiences amongst themselves and if they would feel comfortable using your space. Designate a specific space in your building where everyone is welcome and the appropriate resources are available.
Let's bring our A-game into 2021, this year is all about being kind to yourself and allowing yourself to hope.
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