“If love hasn’t won – if equality isn’t in place – then it just means our work isn’t done.”
-from writingsfromthecityline.com, Nov 10, 2016
Blogging everyday brings clarity. Not going to pretend daily blogging was my idea, so thank you Seth Godin for telegraphing the concept. I wanted to try it because I know interesting things happen when you commit to interesting projects.
What I did not expect was to find clarity so quickly about the core focus of this blog.
In light of this week’s presidential election results, something steely and vocal is rising inside me. It makes me feel strong, grounded, and it makes me want to speak [the f] up. I use a little language here, because this fiery feeling churns in my belly like a wild thing. It has taken up residence in my stomach and chest and won’t leave me alone. I feel emboldened and kinda fierce and way more focused than I did Tuesday morning. Way more focused.
As I was walking the dogs this morning, it hit me: this blog is a voice for love.
I tell you this because it’s time to speak [the f] up, and be the megaphones of love and generosity and kindness like never, ever before. Sure, there have been worse or more contentious times in history, but nothing like this has ever happened in my lifetime. People are seemingly divided. They are hurting so badly. And I can’t stop crying. The tears keep coming in waves, and these last two days feel like straight-up grief.
And I refuse to feel helpless. And I refuse to be quiet.
Since I’m an introvert, the words I compose are my super power. At least for now, I have the freedom to keep speaking them for free on the internet. So, that’s what I’m going to do.
I’m going to be a voice for love. That’s the focus.
I’m going to keep saying what my soul came here to say, and I’m not going to let myself stand in the way. ‘Cause let’s admit, mostly it will be you that will stop you from saying what you need to say. And we ain’t got time for that no more. Game on.
Our voices are important, and they carry weight. You may try and tell yourself that your little post, or your little song, or your little conversation about love doesn’t matter. But that’s a straight up lie. A huge, damning, insidious lie that you don’t have to listen to. Ever again. Remember, we are all braver than we realize, and strong as oxes. We are creators and lovers and feisty rascals. You will never know how or why your words or songs will impact someone else. But please consider – a very tiny act FILLED with love, can change someone’s life forever. And I mean, as tiny as a passing smile. I’m convinced we are oblivious to how much impact our thoughts and actions have.
Love or Fear: The Choices
We are either called to either live in a spirit of love or fear at this juncture, and we can channel our superpowers through either one. I know it’s not always going to be easy, but –
As for me and my blog, we will serve the voice of love.
The “I Hopes” for Giving a Voice to Love
I hope that when you visit to this blog you find inspiration, encouragement, authenticity, instruction (on how to love better), or something else that sets your beautiful heart a little freer.
I hope YOU feel inspired to go out and write 600 words a day that help someone else.
I hope you look at the negativity rising up in the world, and send it more love, not less.
I hope you read this post and want to hug someone.
I hope you sing a little louder, and go live on FB or the YouTube or whatever with it. Seriously, do it. You’re so awesome!! We need to hear you sing!!
I hope you give voice to love. And keep on giving voice to love. Over and over and over and over.
BECAUSE UNTIL LOVE WINS, WE ARE NOT DONE WITH OUR WORK.