Saturday, August 25, 2012

Unless....

Yesterday found me to be more inspired than I have been in a long time. I am always on the lookout for inspiration. Sometimes, it completely eludes me, sometimes it overwhelms me.

Of course I am inspired daily by my children, but the world usually leaves me feeling down right sick in the stomach. So when I find inspiration in the world, I run with it!

Yesterday began with a simple facebook post. A post in which I declared my position on a certain "hot topic" in the world. I have recently decided to not just be a talker in this life. I want to back up my words with actions. So I took to good old fashioned pen and paper and wrote a short, yet direct letter to my local governement on this issue.

I am positive that whomever it reaches, it will fall on deaf ears and a closed door. Why do I say this? Because I have no faith in politicians. None of them. I do however have faith in the power of consistency. If they reject my ideas I will simply resend my letter. Over and over and over.

I do not feel pride in this letter, I just feel like I finally got off my booty and made a start. Even though nothing was accomplished, it is a start.

Later in the evening it was family movie night. We watched The Lorax. From beginning to end, there is inspiration and lessons. Such as don't be fake. Don't desire fake things. Love REAL things.

The word "Unless" is my  new motto in life. For example, I can't stand it when people say "Well that particular criminal or crime will never change, even if we change the laws" To that I say REALLY?! So just give up, don't even try? No, to that I will say what Dr. Seuss wants me to say which is:
 "Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not."

Which leads me to my biggest inspiration of the day....After my family all went to bed, I finally got to watch The Help.

Now most of you know my feelings toward history, the past, etc. You know that I don't live there. I live here and I learn from there. I bring forth the good things in the past and make sure I do not relive the bad things.

But this movie blew the roof off of what so many people actually love about the past. The white women.

People want to look like the 50's housewife. They want to dress like them, be thin like them, decorate their homes like them. But when you think how oppressive so many of these women were to other women, it is beyond words. Not all were this way, of course. But many were, and partly because they too, were very oppressed. A vicious cycle that needed to be broken.

So when I think of the brave ones who stood up in The Lorax and The Help, THOSE are the people I want to look like, want to be like, want to act like. Not the perfect looking people. No thank you!

I want to be  brave enough to truly stand up in the face of wrong even when the whole world is telling me to sit down.

Yesterday, oh sweet yesterday, thank you for your wisdom!

1 comment:

  1. Beautifully stated my friend. Yes.

    As Goethe said (I think and roughly quoted)--- Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of the mind.

    Without it, nothing else really matters.

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