"I've never seen a tree grow from the top down." ~ @guruth
"for those people who have no political voice and come from states that do not matter, the best thing they can do is try to send in a wrecking ball to disrupt the system." ~ 'Peter' in the Mother Jones article "Peter's Choice" stating why he voted for Trump
In January, I was part of the ATX Election Monologues event in which we brought forward our personal stories of what's next in this latest version of America. Under the guidance of Maggie Duval, I traveled back through my own family roots to discover what brought me to now, and how I can use that history to work with others to co-create a powerful shared future.
By understanding our histories and respectfully listening to the those of others, we, as a country, can not only withstand any disruption, but also grow stronger--together-- into a shared future.
Now is the time to activate our Awareness, Wisdom and Empathy (AWE) and root deeply to draw upon our shared humanity to co-create a story of America that, like all healthy ecosystems, thrives on diversity.
From my monologue:
My ancestors are Celtic, Viking, Gypsy, French, German, Swedish and, possibly, a bit of the Great Lakes Native American tribe known as the Potawatomi. I was born at home in London England with the help of a National Health Service midwife, a common practice for the time. This makes me the immigrant daughter of an immigrant father. And I’m also a legacy member of the Daughters of the American Revolution. I was born into complexity.
While we are not all born American, America has borne all of us. We are part of a long history which is vulnerable to memories and patterns that are beyond us, but still hold us intimately in thought, word and deed. We are here to share our gifts and receive from others, this is part of our shared American Dream. Our histories are our own, but our future belongs to each other. And the greatest freedom we have in America is that of creating, sharing and living our story together. Now more than ever, this is the time and place for us to bring our natural gifts and imperfect stories forward. Because America needs all our dreams.
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