An open mic… Is it a place, a time or an instrument for an introduction, a fresh start, or new beginning? For me, this image represents a moment in time. Not just any moment, a break-through moment, when a voice becomes elevated and is heard. A moment set aside for a new voice, a fresh voice or a previously unheard voice. While a microphone may just be a physical object, the moment of being heard becomes something large and life-changing. Restorative practices, like an open mic, offer a place, a time and a tool for being heard. And, being heard leads people to feeling valued, affirmed and connected. This image includes words surrounding the microphone that reference love, healing and the significance of being heard. So… is it an open mic? Or, is it a moment in time for connection, affirmation, being heard and feeling loved?