It’s happened again. People killed without trial. Retaliation. Leading with fear. Responding with more fear.
I read the news and wonder, How long? How many times? When will we learn??
Sides are taken. Names are called. People refuse to budge on The Big Issues.
And the cycle continues and repeats.
And I wonder, again, and again, and again. What can I do???
And I learn again, and again, and again. Stop, listen, lean in. Support. Teach my kids a different way. A way that is not rooted in fear but in love and hope.
I’m learning that the way to change things is sometimes to rebuild entirely. And yet, we can’t rebuild entirely a system that is engrained. A system built on hundreds of years of fear.
So maybe we rebuild slowly. We dismantle one small stone and replace it with hope and love. We dismantle one small idea and replace it with one of hope and love.
I don’t like slow moving change. I want people to open their eyes. To see the need to replace fear with love and to act. But I see over and over that we need to work small. That change is in the small work, frustrating though it may be.
So, with my small children, I make small changes. I build and rebuild and learn and grow alongside.
And I fervently hope and pray for a future that looks at this time in history with disbelief and shock. Because small changes slowly give way to big ones.
Linked with Kate Motaung’s Five Minute Friday, a time to write without editing. Today’s prompt is “build.”