by Kathie England
Election Day, November 3, 2020, is exactly two weeks from the date of this post!
Can we embrace this day with hope?
“Hope is an embrace of the unknown!” That’s the perspective of Rebecca Solnit, a feminist writer whose words seem so appropriate today. She says that though we are living through times of unprecedented change, in uncertainty lies the power to influence the future. This is not the time for despair. It is a time to act. With two weeks remaining, what actions can we take now that our future-self will be grateful we took today?
What is the future?
Sonja Renee Taylor, poet and author, offered a vision of the future back in April as we were just beginning to embrace the uncertainty of the pandemic.
“We will not go back to normal. Normal never was. Our pre-corona existence was not normal other than we normalized greed, inequity, exhaustion, depletion, extraction, disconnection, confusion, rage, hoarding, hate and lack. We should not long to return, my friends. We are being given the opportunity to stitch a new garment. One that fits all of humanity and nature.”*
Let us embrace the uncertainty of the future with hope – hope that we will not go back to normal. Hope that together we will stitch a new garment! Hope that the many small steps we are taking is moving us closer to the vision and dreams of what is possible – hope that the new garment we are stitching will fit all of humanity and nature!
What is possible if we embrace uncertainty with action?
*These words of Sonja Renee Taylor have been wrongly attributed to Brené Brown who has worked diligently to give credit to the author.