2018 (What I Believe)

Welcoming 2018 with deep gratitude to the guides and teachers, the truth-tellers and trouble-makers, the healers and holders of space, the yarn-spinners (both literal and figurative), those who have, paradoxically, pushed me to learn my boundaries and to honor them, the builders of community and the keepers of history. To the women whose love and wisdom are a beacon that illuminates the landscape beyond my path, thank you.

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A willingness to change is a willingness to live.
To love is to allow life, to embrace change.

Questions from Desiree Lynn Adaway and Staci Jordan Shelton are carrying me into the new year, changing me, giving me life. My answers are explorations, alive and therefore insistent on changing.

I believe that what we create is our magic and our medicine – the stories, the words we speak and write, what we make or destroy with our hands, the emotional wake we leave when we engage with people.

I believe we all have a place in this world. I believe we belong to each other. I believe our collective failure to honor this belonging is breaking our hearts. I believe that the longing of our souls to be connected and to be with one another is a pure and true thing, and that we have become confused about how to go about being with ourselves and each other. I believe we can learn to belong to each other again.

I believe that we are all capable of committing violence and harm, and we are all capable of giving and experiencing love and healing. I believe we are responsible to ourselves and to each other for learning the difference. I believe that we are responsible for teaching each other the difference once we have learned.

I believe in the power of choice. I believe in the power of redemption. I believe in the power of mercy. I believe in the power of wisdom and inquiry over judgement to reveal right action. I believe in the power of right action to heal us individually and collectively.

I believe that control is the antithesis of love, and that love is the cherishing of life. I believe that when we truly love others, we are committed to creating a world in which they have the resources they need to thrive, and the safety they need to speak the truth. I believe that to say we love all people and then not commit ourselves to creating such a world is to lie.

I believe the hand of the Divine is in everything, even when I can’t see it. I believe that what I can see is only a small part of a greater story. I believe in the courage, perspective, and wisdom of my teachers to show me the landscape when the path before me is too narrow a focus.

I believe in the power of discomfort and its inseparability from growth. I believe in listening, in learning without ceasing. I believe we are all works in progress, and we are responsible for choosing the best teachers available to us at any given stage of our lives, the ones that show us how to live what we believe, and who hold us to our highest standards and then raise them. I believe we can always do better, that there is joy in trying, and even greater joy in trying together. I believe we are never as alone as we sometimes imagine we are.

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