I’ve finally made the switch.
When I first started this list, I thought it would be valued for its utility. As I’ve poured out my reflections and favorite resources, I’ve learned the value is more – it’s heart. As I share what’s rattling my bones, I’ve found yours are rattling, too. So this year, I’m reframing this list as love letters – letters about our minds, hearts AND guts in this work, rooted in love.
I’ve been reflecting on what #metoo means to me. Yes – I have experiences that connect me to the movement, and yet I feel my deepest connection is my guilt. The memories of the times I deferred to authority instead of speaking out, The movement has called me to look at the ways I use my power to defer, to maintain the harmful power hold of others. As much as I’d like to see myself as a warrior for justice – my greatest strengths come when I look at the weaknesses that keep me deferring to a racist, sexist, homophobic – in other words violent – system of institutions.
The young people of Parkland, are standing up to violence in our country by Marching for Our Lives March 24th (you can donate with that link). Our local high school students are disrupting the status quo with walkouts on March 14th. The advocacy of these youth is an energy I want to be grounded in, and accountable to.