“The practice of love is the most powerful antidote to the politics of domination” – bell hooks
I have these deep puddles behind my eyes today. I can feel them creeping in every time I engage in a casual conversation in the lunchroom on the nightmare that is this election. There’s a heaviness on the streets. I feel the weight of it in every limb. I feel it in my chest.
When I started this blog, I made a conscious decision not to write directly about politics but instead speak from a place that is inherently political as a woman reflecting on where I stand in the world, while acknowledging my undeniable privilege as white, able-bodied, mostly straight and cis. My thinking behind that was that I can only speak from my own experiences. Because of this I’m dedicated to listening to and elevating the voices of POC, LGBTQ+, people with disabilities and other marginalized groups, knowing that they know their experiences far better than I could ever effectively articulate.
But today I can’t help but add my own voice to the conversation. Because there is so much at work here. Words, symbols and emotions fueled a result that is an appalling look at where America stands on issues of racism, sexism, xenophobia, and homophobia. It’s a glimpse at where America stands on anger, frustration and hatred. It’s a glimpse at where America stands on qualified women in positions of power.
It’s sad. It gives me so much rage. The system itself is so flawed and is built on the backs of so many who have had to fight for the right to merely exist in this world.
I’m assuming your feed is full of posts on all of this so I won’t add much more to the conversation.
I’ll just add this:
Let’s be very present with these emotions today, this heaviness. Let’s attempt to tap into what it might feel like to wake up and realize that not only your nation’s new leader, but your very neighbour, sees you as an enemy and a threat. Let’s embody the young girls who saw the first female presidential candidate lose to a man who claimed he could control women by “grabbing them by the pussy” with no concern for the rights that protect them. Let’s hurt for the environment and the freedom of the earth. Let’s sit with it.
And then, when we’re emotionally ready for it, let’s inject more love, more fire and more fight into helping each other get through these next four years…these next four days, hours! Let’s ache for the world and then let’s commit even further to changing it. I’m committing to learning more, listening more, holding out a microphone more, writing more, volunteering more and coaching more to help people spend more time in authenticity, love and hope and not in hatred, anger and fear.
We have so much to do. Let’s feel and hurt and then let’s get going.