I’m crying as I write this. I’m crying for the loss of humanity. I’m crying for every person who has been afraid for his or her lives at the hand of somebody else. I’m crying in reverence for the courage so many Americans are showing, especially Dr. Ford yesterday. And I’m crying over the lack of integrity, honesty and respect those in power are exhibiting.
Like you, I am sickened, grief stricken and heartbroken. Everything we hold dear feels under siege – human rights, environmental rights and the simple moral courage to stand in ones values to ensure we are placing the best person on the highest court in our nation.
I spend a great deal of time trying to understand those who attack, belittle, obfuscate and stay silent. Our power structures are in moral bankruptcy. While we never imagined it possible that this man would hold the highest seat in our land, that cruelty, hate, attacks, lies, cheats, disregard and disrespect would be so blatant, we are here. Being here is a reckoning of all we hold sacred.
We are in the belly of the beast and yet, we will rise, we will prevail, we will advance to more just times.
I’m not talking about party divides, because corruption exists everywhere. I’m talking about redefining and recreating what integrity is. I’m taking about reverence. I’m talking about changing the narratives for those who continue to be marginalized by false stories of gender, color, religion, and orientation making us not a valuable to our society.
I often hear we need to fight dirty. To play power dynamics that cause pain. I can’t do it. I don’t think that way. This is why I’m continually dismayed by the actions of this congress as they are so incongruent with the values I hold dear.
Even when all I want to yell, scream and call names, I cannot go to a place where I am no longer in integrity with valuing compassion, love and the belief that we are all made of love.
And, please know, the fury overwhelms me. I am both outraged and enraged. I am not afraid of confrontation. Since 2016, I am more attuned to my rage than ever before. I feel rage when I feel out of control. And I have never felt more out of control than I did in 2016 primaries and general election, as I did on Nov 9 and the proceeding days, as I did on Jan 20, 2017 or as I did yesterday and as I do today. I feel completely out of control, like everything sacred is burning out of control, and this makes me so mad.
Yet, under the rage, is heartbreak, the heartbreak of knowing that LOVE is not being hold in the highest regard.
I believe this is why we are all so devastated. It’s not about winning or losing. Right now, we are all losing. Even when those in power who think they won, they too have lost because they have lost sight to the reverence of all humanity. They are blind to what’s vital in living a good, whole life.
I feel rage because I love so much. I love this country. I love the truth. I love my brothers and sisters. I know all people are valuable. Life lives are sacred. And I will not rest until every person is safe and protected and free.
I am an activist because I love. I show up, donate and make phone calls because I love women, immigrants, LGBTQ people, Mother Earth, Muslims, I love people and I believe the majority of people are good.
There is something incredibly confusing happening, something where the divides feel insurmountable and yet, it’s only insurmountable if we stop ourselves from loving.
We are all hurt. These actions and the repercussions will continue to ripple. Let’s stay tapped in to all we value. Let’s stay connected. Let’s keep talking. We are all made of love. Some of us lose our way. Some of us carry deep wounds. And yet, we are all here in this moment because we are being called into deep action of love, of justice, of standing and fighting for all we hold dear.
The vote is happening now. Three Senators can stop this madness. Call and ask them to vote no for the love of country and for the love of all Americans.
Senator Collins – 202.224.2523
Senator Murkowski – 202.224.6665
Senator Flake -202.224.4521.
In love, gratitude and solidarity –