ThisWinterWoman

  • Link in bio// “It’s a lot harder to love the dads you don’t know, the dads who don’t speak english yet, the dads who crossed a human made border illegally...These are dads who have left everything behind to bring their children to a better place."
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  • You were created in God’s image. Not for submission, but for celebration. . .
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  • Be kind to yourself, my love. You matter. You are a piece of the universe. You reflect the light of divinity. You are loved and you are important. .
I know things can get dark. I know your own brain works against you sometimes. And I know not everything is happy-go-lucky amazing all the time. 
But a lot of life is amazing.
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Your very existence is a 1 in a million chance. That fact that YOU grace this earth and not some sibling or other version of your parents combining is incredible. .
You are here, and I see you. You matter and I love you. You are glorious and I celebrate you. You belong here and we need you.
  • Mental illness does not discriminate. Reach out to those you love, reach out to strangers. You don’t know the battles others face. ❤️
  • I was so lucky to see @pink in concert on Friday, and since then this has been playing in my head over and over. Like a punk rock meditation
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It’s easy to see the church, this country, and others as “broken”. If it’s broken, you don’t have to fix it, you can just criticize it. There is little hope in broken things.
But it’s just bent. It’s not over. What more could we do if we saw the potential, if we saw the hope of love again? 
What are we willing to do to foster love again? . .
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  • Growing up turns siblings into friends. I was so blessed to have spent the week with my sweet, loving, and kind brother. .
I send a blessing out to all your sibling relationships. May those that are flourishing continue to grow deeper and may those that are strained find peace in common ground. .
“Rejoice with your family in the beautiful land of life” - Albert Einstein . .
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  • “If I remain curious, and if I continue to follow, truly follow, the path of my own calling that is where I find peace.” - Dani Shapiro .
Here’s to the warriors following their calling, even when it means charting a new path.You may feel alone, but we are all in this together. .
Follow your calling, sister. I’ve got your back
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I did not vote for Donald Trump. But I am far from innocent.

Dear ones,

I’ve started this post five or six times, each time I am at a loss for words.  My heart and my soul grieve.

How is this happening again? What have we done?

When ‘45’ publicly sympathized with Neo Nazi’s I was stunned. Stunned, but not surprised. I’m not proud of this, but my first reaction was one of superiority- “See?! We told you this guy was terrible! I bet they really feel like shit for voting for him.” I practiced what I would say the next time I saw a Republican family member or friend, the snide comments I would make. I took great pleasure in imagining exactly how I wanted to make them to feel- ashamed, remorseful, embarrassed.

 

It has taken me a few days to calm down. I’m still learning how to love properly. I’m sorry.

 

The thing is, I did not vote for Donald Trump.

But I am far from innocent.

 

I have decades of Thanksgiving dinners, family events, and Saturday morning brunches where I didn’t say something.  An off color comment here. A questionable joke there. I let “respect” or “I don’t want to make it weird” get in the way.

 

I march.

I write.

I volunteer.

How did this happen? I stayed silent when it really mattered.

 

I donate to the ACLU.

I read books by progressive authors.

I majored in Anthropology and Women’s Studies.

What have I done? I opted for a silent, thin lipped, stare.

 

Responding to hate with more hate, or with moral superiority will never fix this. But neither will pretending not to hear ignorant comments, opting instead to “keep the peace”.

 

I am sorry.

 

I am sorry for my silence when my voice may have had the most impact. I am sorry for putting the totality of the blame on “them”, and not seeing how I am complicit in allowing hate, injustice, or simple ignorance, to grow. I am sorry for focusing on how my liberal, and oh-so-progressive opinions make me a more enlightened thinker, and less on actually responding to veiled racism and fear around the dinner table.

 

I will confront.

I will confront, not with shaming, but with love.

 

Always with love,

Alyse

 


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2 thoughts on “I did not vote for Donald Trump. But I am far from innocent.

  1. Silence, there is nothing wrong with silence my whole life I have lived in silence but that doesn’t mean I don’t stand up for what I believe is right nor does it make me feel bad about myself I think that actions speak louder than words therefore I preform action rather than just talk about something. You do all these other things that mean way more than any word could describe and you reach out to people in ways that speak louder than words.

    1. I love this. I absolutely love this. And I think you are so right, actions speak volumes over words. For me, what I have found is that I am silent out of nicety or a desire not to make someone else angry. But I cannot let that fear get in the way of saying what I believe, or to you point, taking action for my beliefs. Thank you for your comment- I so hope you are well.

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