I spent most of last night under the trees in a backyard in the middle of Columbus Ohio where a large group of Hillary volunteers from all over the country were gathering. As the screen got redder I spent more and more time out back. And then more joined me, and we stood quietly, and hugged, and at some point made up pleas and prayers. We were strangers in a strange land, but for a brief time in that backyard we were stronger and hopeful, and we were together.
We are all responding in our own way to this election: anger, blame, disbelief, silence, fear. For others, exalted. For me, there is a welling up, a need for backyard belonging. No matter your response, we are love-bound to care for one another. The time will certainly come for front line action, with wisdom and power.
Perhaps the best that we can claim today is to come together, leaning on each other and leaning in to what’s yet to come. We’ll allow our fear and rage their presence, but we’ll also remember that we are called to raise our heads with hope, fill our lungs with song and hold our hearts with confidence. Let not our fears be the driving force igniting our reactions – we can, and must, come from faith in love.
We are still stronger when together. Today invites us to be part of a much larger, more important and complex conversation about what “together” really means. And perhaps today and in the many days ahead we will claim as a priority our coming together in circles of shared values and hopes. It is for me. And I know I’m not alone.
I call on us to cast circles for open-hearted conversation, for courage and compassion, patience and resilience, resistance and persistence, towards the love and justice that we all deserve, yearn for and fight for. Together.
We are committed to relove.
– Amichai and the Lab/Shul Team
As seen on Lab/Shul : http://labshul.org/today-together-we-lean-in/11039