While I am not a religious person, I am spiritual and find god in reading Walt Whitman, or watching the ocean during a winter storm, or witnessing the kindness in people I am fortunate enough to have in my life. Here on this Christmas Eve, I have been reflecting on how grateful I am for so many of the people in my life and the many kindnesses offered to me and accepted from me.
I am grateful that I have a life partner that travels with me on this, often times bizarre, wild journey called life. I am exceedingly privileged that I have family, friends, and education. It is a tremendous gift to be included in a network of folk that are social justice activists working for equality and equity for all. I am grateful and privileged to have mentors who help guide me and encourage my growth as a social justice activist.
There is so much for me to be grateful for and there is also so much we all have yet to work for towards equality and ensuring people are treated with dignity and respect. My wish list for things to happen within my lifetime is ambitious, but doable if we all act collectively for the rights of others — if we create a choir of voices for the rights of women, of the LGBT community, of all communities that are marginalized and stigmatized. We — all of us — must use our voices to eradicate racism and poverty, sexism, ageism, homophobia, and all of the intersections of oppression; this is my greatest wish.
It is difficult not to be in a reflective mood after Sandy Hook and the exceedingly idiotic remarks of Wayne LaPierre. I think we would be far better off if we put a teacher in every gun store, rather than a gun in every school. During this holiday season and in the wake of great tragedy, I hope everyone hears the words, “I love you” from a dear one, and that everyone exchanges a hug with someone. May we all feel compelled to look for the goodness in others and to stand in solidarity with those who are marginalized.