What makes you angry? What lights your fire? Come on, we all have that thing. I don’t care how happy or laid back you are (like myself). There’s probably something guaranteed to make you feel that intense, hand shaking, adrenaline surge.
Earlier this week my friend posted on facebook that peace from “lack of tension” isn’t the same as peace from “presence of justice.” And it reminded me of a conversation.
About a year ago, my brother asked me why I don’t feel strongly, or speak up about, a certain issue. And for a minute, I didn’t have an answer.
What’s wrong with me? Why am I not fired up about the things everyone else is fired up about? Am I lazy? Am I afraid? Am I a bad person?
But you see, I do have fire. I have this burning fire that won’t go away. And after I’d collected my thoughts, I spoke up. Not about women’s issues, or politics, or the tension in our country, but about the thing that makes my hands shake. The thing that makes me feel like I could launch off the ground like a rocket and move mountains.
I’m not saying those other things aren’t important. They are everything. And I will support those that have a platform. But the only way to change the world is to start with your own.
It’s easier to stay in a bad relationship than experience the pain and rebuild something new.
It’s easier to let your kids stare at an iphone for a few hours than engage and teach them values and good habits.
It’s easier to have a boss tell you what to do than create something on your own that might not work.
Most people are afraid of the tension that comes with stepping out, thinking for yourself, doing the work, and creating change.
But not us. You and I will speak up. Engage. And support the other voices that are different from our own.
Because the world needs you to do the work that only you can do.
As Oprah says, “Speaking your truth is the most powerful tool we all have.”
So I’m committed to speaking up, even when it’s uncomfortable, even when it creates tension, even when it’s easier to let someone else do it for me.
Fan the flames.