This winter has had me feeling cold. Not just because of the extreme weather we’ve been having here in Portland- although that has been a factor. Truth be told, this sense of isolation (and desolation) begun with the election aftermath and it grown ever since then.
The hope of rebuilding relations and continuing to make America great has been replaced with trying to weave human decency back into the fabric of our lives, to make sure this country remains one we can be proud of.
I’m glad the inauguration happened the same week we observed Martin Luther King, Jr. His dream “that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal” continues to be something we should all work towards.
It gives me hope that there are so many people everywhere (not just in Portland and not just in the US) that are coming together to make sure their voices are heard. They are saying that they will not just stand by when others- sadly, some people in power- have deemed it acceptable that the … rights … aren’t for every citizen but only to those select groups and demographics who look like them, think like them, and are in the same tax bracket as them.
Whether it’s through grass roots activism (read the Indivisible Guide and take action), individual motivation to do right (follow Wall of Us for suggestions) or national movements (like the Women’s March), thank you for standing up for what’s right.
So, this week, I’m celebrating you and your power to do good.
As for my part, I’ve refocused my dedication to volunteering. I have a weekly shift with the Multnomah County Library. And, I’m always on the look out for more opportunities to do good. I encourage you to do the same.
Last night, I went to one of my local theaters- Portland Center Stage- since they were participating in a nationwide kickoff event to launch The Ghostlight Project. “Inspired by the tradition of leaving a “ghost light” on in a darkened theater, artists and communities will make or renew a pledge to stand for and protect the values of inclusion, participation, and compassion for everyone–regardless of race, class, religion, country of origin, immigration status, (dis)ability, age, gender identity, or sexual orientation. ”
What are celebrating this week?
What have you been doing on your own or with your family and friends or seeing in your community that is focused on inclusivity and community?
What organizations have you been supporting through volunteering and/or donating?
During these difficult and stressful times, surround yourselves with the people you love. Find your team to do the most good you can in the world. Take the steps to be fight for what’s right. March. March on.