Rebecca Solnit has written a book called, The Mother of All Questions: Further Reports from the Feminist Revolutions – now in my Amazon cart. One quote, read just this morning, convinced me I needed it as part of my library:
The task of calling things by their true names, of telling the truth to the best of our abilities, of knowing how we got here, of listening particularly to those who have been silenced in the past, of seeing how the myriad stories fit together and break apart, of using any privilege we may have been handed to undo privilege or expand its scope is each of our tasks. It’s how we make the world.
I read these words and immediately acknowledge that no truer or better work could be done or hoped for as we step into 2018.
At the risk of sounding redundant, here is Solnit’s quote in list form along with some questions I’m asking myself…maybe you:
- Tell the truth to the best of our abilities.
- What is the truth that I have been resisting, that deserves to be heard, that WILL change my world and potentially/probably others’?
- Know how we got here.
- What are the stories I have lived that have compelled and shaped who I am today? What of these need my attention, my affirmation, my intentional healing and change?
- Listen to those who have been silenced in the past (a la Harvey Weinstein, not to mention an entire freight train of stories throughout history).
- What are the specific ways in which I can create invitation and space for stories not heard, for women who still feel unheard, even for myself?
- See how our stories fit together and break apart.
- Will I recognize that my story is both the same and different from others’? Will I allow the complexity, the both/and, the dissonance, in order to expand my heart on my own behalf and far, far beyond?
- Use our (acknowledged and expansive) privilege to undo such and expand its scope.
- What steps am I willing to take to ever-admit and name my own privilege? What will I do to utilize such (and let go of such) on behalf of those who need and deserve it?
I won’t presume to write your New Year’s Resolutions for you, but these might just serve as prompt or verbatim; a way to “make the world” we long for, hope for, and so desperately need.
May it be so.
To hope is to gamble. It’s to bet on your futures, on your desires, on the possibility that an open heart and uncertainty is better than gloom and safety. To hope is dangerous, and yet it is the opposite of fear, for to live is to risk. ~ Rebecca Solnit, Hope in the Dark