Each month my goal for this blog is to provide an update on events at the Mothership and in our community. As I write, I find that these blogs always take on a life of their own, and this month is no exception, as I reflect on grief, trauma and perseverance. Even at the most difficult times in our lives, through this powerful work, vibratory energy and sound, we persist, despite the circumstances. January was particularly challenging with the loss of our beloved canine companion Shen Yun, and the transition of power in Washington. There has been tremendous grief and sadness, yet amidst this we also see the extraordinary work of our practitioners and teachers around the globe. This month I write about Certified Acutonics® Practitioner Rita Martin, a stroke survivor who is now helping other stroke and traumatic brain injury survivors to rebuild their lives. We are also honored that as we approach the celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the founding of our company in Seattle, March 17, 1997, that Oriental Medicine Journal is dedicating their Spring/Wood issue to this momentous event, and many people from our community have chosen to submit contributions. As I read them, my spirits lift in recognition of how this work has so deeply impacted others. Despite adversity we continue as a community to grow stronger in our commitments to give back, be of service to others and be heard.