Why I will not fight Donald Trump
Why will I not fight?
I am good at it,
I have practiced,
it has become a habit
as so much of my life has been fighting.
For my rights as a woman, to be noticed, heard.
To be given equal worth.
I grieve daily that this is not an honored right.
I despair that everything is not given equal worth:
those that have the capability to speak and those that do not.
Why, given this reality,
will I not fight
believe the best is possible?
Because that is the story I want to tell about humanity.
unless we stop perpetuating the story of fighting,
become aware of the habit,
and put our energy toward a new story,
fighting will keep on being,
in our mind and body,
in our treatment of the earth and of other creatures.
I am not saying I will go back to sleep.
For me, that is not possible anymore.
What I am saying is that I will stop normalizing the story that we have perpetuated:
is the way.
I am here to be the bridge between the old story of what has been and the new story that is possible.
To be connection and hold the space in between.
The story of our future is out there.
It is ephemeral,
yet I can feel its pulse
and I know you can too.
The story is something that we create together.
In fact, it is even more possible to create it
that the illusions
of protection and safety
have crashed to the ground.
Though we feel untethered,
that old story has not been true for some time.
In fact, the illusions only work when
who we want to become
we have to fight.
But you and I are not afraid
of changing our habits
of stepping into a new story
or being unsettled in the space in between the old and the new.
Because at least we are in it together.
And in that truth
we are strong.
I am telling the new story, being the new story, and bringing others together to share in its creation.
For only when people feel it, hear it, see it,
only then will it change us from the inside out.
For this reason, I will not go back to sleep and rely on the illusion,
and I will not fight.
I will believe.
And my hope will be the light
in the darkness
that comes with the ending of one story
and the space before the beginning of another.
The time is now.
Tell the new story.