Say how you feel, leave the job you hate, stand up for things that matter, don’t settle, don’t apologize for who you are… When you’re brave, you empower others around you to be brave too.
Be Fucking Brave!
~ combination of quotes found on Google, unknown authors.
I haven’t given the ‘news’ or current events any of my attention since February of this year because it’s toxic with hate and that’s as unhealthy as drinking drano. However, I can’t escape everything that’s in the news – the toxicity is ubiquitous and there is no where I can go (including the Appalachian Trail for weeks on end) and not have the putrifying decay of our culture seep into my consciousness. I usually avoid ‘uncomfortable’ situations – not because I fear them but because I don’t have the wherewithal to endure them, it makes me want to take a nap; wake me when it’s over. The same goes for my blog: I don’t post things that are ‘controversial’ or demoralizing or that can be misconstrued. I’d rather focus on my personal perspectives in a positive way. This doesn’t mean that I don’t appreciate the blogs or articles, etc. of those who do brave the cultural war of our times, it’s important that those people do what they do ~ someone has to and more power to those who are passionate for a cause and who stand up and say something – or do something, because not everyone is made of the strong stuff that’s needed to stand alone amoung the masses and say what needs to be said.
When you’re brave, you empower others around you to be brave too.
There’s so much wrong with our culture that most of us are overcome and slip into an apathetic coma. I know I have so I’m not one to preach to anyone about standing up. But, if we don’t stand up then we are handing over our own power to someone else to do with it as they wish – and what they wish may not be how we would have our power used. Sometimes it’s hard to know where to put our energy, our voices, our resources because it seems there are so many ‘deserving’ causes; if I decide to support my local animal shelter, someone criticizes because our veterans need support, etc. If we each chose ONE “cause” that we feel passionate about while simultaneously supporting kindness, compassion, equality and respect with our daily actions, I think all the causes will be covered. We, as individuals, can’t physically, financially and vocally support every issue there is – it’s too exhausting and it will depleate our stamina. That doesn’t mean that each of us only care about one thing and not all the others.
Having said that – that last sentence right ^ there… If we all care about “equality” (for everyone) or if we care about our planet (and all the life-forms it supports) or if we care about having the healthiest people, climate, cultures and world, then we’d be supporting LIFE. Isn’t that what we all want? The best life that we can have? Isn’t that what unites us as human beings? We all want the same thing for ourselves yet we can’t see that it’s what others want for themselves also. And why is having the best life possible treated like it’s a commodity and only some people are entitled to the very thing that’s beneficial to all of us, as a whole?
I think there are more good and brave people than there are bullies and cowards, we just don’t realize it because we make ourselves invisible while trying to avoid the fray. We’re all moved when we see someone stand up to even the smallest observed injustice – it’s not as prolific as ‘bad news’ but it has positive energy and that spreads. Let’s try to spread the antidote to hate, division and injustice – let’s all be a little more brave and show what we stand up for and empower others to do the same.
Daily Prompt: brave