“In every community there is work to be done. In every nation, there are wounds to heal. In every heart, there is the power to do it.” —Marianne Williamson
Many readers and friends and students have reached out to me, commented or emailed me on the results that will determine the next four years. At first, I wasn’t sure I should comment, as TSLL is a destination for inspiration and respite, but it is also a destination to expand oneself, to learn, to grow and to successfully navigate life in a manner that leads us all to our fullest potential. And because of this foundation, I wanted to share a few of my thoughts.
The core beliefs that I have espoused since the founding of TSLL involve a high regard for women’s rights over their lives and their bodies, and for me to not speak during a time of questioning and doubt that many of you have expressed may appear to show disinterest on my part and that is profoundly not the case.
Those who visit TSLL share varying beliefs and prioritize their values in their own unique way and that is something to champion. To feel safe in a world that values each of us begins when we value and respect ourselves, and then go forward remembering our own worth and the worth of every human being. Because we are all so very worthy.
Today may involve feelings of speechlessness, unidentifiable emotions and uncertainty, but I want to begin by offering you comfort. Today is a moment. A significant moment. A moment to cause introspection. A moment to ask what more can I do? A moment to ask, how do we move forward successfully? But it is a moment. An opportunity. Our job, each of our jobs, is to take this opportunity and do something we are proud of with it.
Next, I want to then remind you of the strength you possess within yourself. And while some challenges that life presents may seem impossible or nebulous before they are broached, receive this instance of quandary as an opportunity to congregate, to find a clear and coherent voice and to gain a thorough understanding. John Stuart Mill in 1859 wrote, “He who knows only his own side of the case knows little of that.”
This is not the time to fall prey to our darkest fears, but rather a time to build strength and rebound. Voices are heard when they are spoken to an audience that is ready and in need of hearing what is being shared. So hone your voice, deepen your message, reach across the lines of division (both those who are crestfallen and mirthful) and help to reduce the dogmatism that appears so prevalent. You have a voice, use it wisely and with kindness to model the world you wish to live in. Because when you begin to do this in your own life, you model that it is indeed possible for others to begin to trust that they too can rise to a higher and better life for themselves and those they love.
Be well and be strong.