It is obvious when you are sick that you need support. We need doctors, medicine, someone to rub our head or bring us chicken soup. When we are supported, we feel better even if we remain sick. This truth became clear while caring for my in-laws in Kansas City last week. I observed them both laughing more the longer we were together, I could see they felt more themselves as they received the support they needed.
It occurs to me that when there is a lack of needed support not only individuals flail, but systems, workers, families, neighborhoods. Can I even say police departments become unhealthy and contentious. We cannot be our best without the proper support. We are learning more than ever about what is needed in neighborhoods and emergency response across our country in the headlines. But my prayer is when the headlines go away, we continue to create healthy supportive society for all.