A balm of grace

Kwaku Alston, Essence Magazine

© Kwaku Alston

The amazing grace of America’s first couple has, for the past eight years – whatever one’s politics – been a balm.

I do not recall one occasion during that time when the world shuddered at what next might be said or revealed or unmasked; nor does one act of haste or ill-considered response stain their record.

The values by which this intellectually gentle epoch has been informed appear to be those respecting all the rights of humanity to be and behave with autonomy. Trust not thrust.

As we prepare for the #ResidentElect to assume power and hope that past performance is no guarantee of future reaction, perhaps it is a moment to look beyond expectation to focus on possibility?

Anything is possible: with sturdy preparation it may be achievable? Let us hope Trump does not thump.