When the powerful gather and circle their wagons to reshape the narrative in pursuit of their own desires,
How do you respond?
Are you rendered powerless?
Do you become passive and accepting?
Do you fall into deep despair?
Or do you rise up in anger?
Are you fueled by fury?
Flushed with frustration?
Or do you seek a third way?
Where is your compelling counter-narrative?
The heavy dose of compassion?
The goal of sustained transformation?
The answers are elusive
But not impossible
They lie not in the hatred
or deliberate hurt
of the other
But in our ability to meet at the crossroads
And arrive at an understanding
A cognizant contemplation of the far-reaching consequences
Born of our self-righteous and selfish actions
Day 7. This poem would not be possible if not for the inspiration of a morning walk. I listened to two podcasts by Rob Bell. He surely gave me some of the words today, most especially “the coherent counter-narrative”. I am grateful always for his calming, wise and humorous perspective! Thank you also to Emily with whom I spoke at length yesterday in a small moment of despair. Among other things, she mentioned Sally Kohn and her TedTalk on emotional correctness. I watched it and am sharing it with you as well.