I saw the new Star Wars movie, Rogue One, last week with Janet and my family. And it's stuck with me. I won't spoil it for you. But PLEASE GO SEE IT! Then message me and let's talk about it :) I don't think any of the Star Wars movies have captured the feeling of Hope so beautifully, nor the amazing way that insignificent people can come together to create change. Tiny ants with a big belief in the potential of their combined actions. It's one of those movies that I want to go rewatch, for all the little things I missed and for that reminder of bravery. For that reminder of Hope in the face of improbability. For the reminder of Hope in the face of a corrupt, powerful man. For the reminder of Hope in the face of dangerous uncertainty, and weapons of words and steel that can threaten an entire planet. It reminds me to have Hope for this new era and new year -- but even more so: it reminds me to do the brave, hard work that is required to build Hope. Hope doesn't happen by dreaming, but Hope is built when we awake to the potential of our actions. Hope is built when we choose the power of our actions. Even when it is uncomfortable and hard. Especially when it is uncomfortable and hard.
You know how people sometimes choose a word or theme to describe the way they want to navigate the upcoming year? You guessed mine :-) 2017, for me, is about Hope. And as, Rogue One taught me, hard fucking work.
If you are like me, and frightened about the impact of this past election (or what to led to it) -- feel free to message me. For those in my local area: some friends and I have started getting together, to be there for each other and also to explore what hard work we can begin doing within our community (and within ourselves). Are you far away? Send me a message or share what you are doing in 2017 to create more tangible Hope. Let's inspire each other!
Resolve & Connect
In addition to commiting to Hope for 2017 (or maybe as a part of it), I am also making New Year's resolutions for the first time in many, many years. Here they are, in no particular order:
I believe you become a healthier person
-- mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually --
the moment you start living the way you believe you should,
whatever that may be." - Mark Boyle