Ampersands & Duality

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Priest Lake is a tranquil and serene lake in northern Idaho. I snapped this picture with my iPhone while on a boat on Priest Lake in the summer of 2016. We were heading back to shore after a few hours on the water. It was the stuff that memories are made of. We boated across the lake to get ice cream, we towed a stalled out boat to safety, we laughed and squealed as water splashed up from the wake. My children's' faces exuded pure bliss. And me? I was at peace. 

We came around a bend in the lake and I was immediately awe struck by the sky. I grabbed my phone and snapped this picture, not thinking about what it would eventually represent.

This was one of the most captivating sunset I've ever seen. It wasn't just the light that struck me, it was the beauty of darkness & light held within one image. I have come to embrace the beauty of darkness & light as what I represent. 

I've come to honor the symbol of an ampersand as a symbol of duality. 

- As a trauma survivor I know darkness & light, pain & joy, hopelessness & promise.

- As a sex crimes policy expert I honor my professional expertise & my personal experience.

- As a restorative justice facilitator I honor both those who have experienced sexual trauma & those who have caused it. 

Life is full of duality and paradox. When we embrace both - when we honor who we are & what we have experienced, the possibilities are endless.