There are no words to describe the emotions we all must feel following the events that took place at our nation’s Capitol earlier this month.

Yet, it’s normal to watch inexplicably, heart wrenching events such as this one, and ask ourselves, “what can I do?” But the more important question to ask yourself is, “what can I be?”

Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘what are you doing for others?’” And if you’re like me, your tendency to answer that question is with action. But in a pandemic and in a great pandemonium, it can be harder to do that. So, I believe we’re meant to first pay mind to our intentions. Because our intentions are what influence our thoughts and actions.

So, how do you intend to be? Each of us, through every interaction, message, conversation and/or service provided in the work we do each day, have a choice to determine who and what we want to be. It’s not hard to find because it’s authentically there.

It’s not about creating something outside of you to prove who you can be now; but rather, looking thoughtfully at the parts of you, inside, that reveal who you are meant to be. The parts of you only you can share.

In this moment, as much as we must look outward at what’s before us, we must also look inward to feel what’s inside of us. Then and only when, we can show up fully and authentically to the work we do and the gifts we’re meant to share with the world, will we truly inspire the one we wish to see and be a part of.