My Pledge of Allegiance to the Greater Good
I barely dragged myself out of bed on the morning of November 8th. I woke up with eyes swollen from the tears I had shed between REM cycles. All night, my dreams were disrupted by fear for what’s to come to my brown, queer, and scarf-wearing brothers and sisters. My heart hurts for my vulnerable furry, feathered, and leafy family with whom we share this island we call Earth. I was hoping I’d wake up from the nightmare that was reality.
I dragged myself to the shower heart-broken and scared. I wanted to wash away the sadness but instead collapsed as I screamed at the top of my lungs, desperate to release the weight of my distress. In a daze, I covered myself in black clothing and left to meet some friends, completely missing the encouraging note my love had left to try to lift my spirits.
As I made my way to the coffee shop, a Customs and Border Control vehicle drove by as an eery omen of what’s to come. I warned my friends upon my arrival that I was wreck but it was okay because they were, too. Through tears we shared our disbelief, grief, and regrets. With the decision made behind us in time, there isn’t much use in wallowing. So, we turned our attention to what’s ahead. If we didn’t do enough before, what can we do moving forward to ensure our world becomes a better place?
For those of us in genuine fear of the repercussions of this election, just standing by and waiting four years is not an option. There are actions we can take now and in the near future that will counter balance the cancer his rhetoric has caused. As, I’ve moved through the intense wave of emotion that literally knocked the wind out of me, I’ve come to some conclusions of how I will make America great again.
No. 1: I am a stronger community member.
I refuse to allow his negativity manifest itself in me. I am using this to make me a better person and a better neighbor. I have the power to transform my fear and frustration into constructive contribution and I am doing just that.
No. 2: I am an ally.
As the second most powerful type of person in the U.S., a white woman, I proudly assert myself as an ally to those most vulnerable. I am there for the “others” as an ear and a defender.
No. 3: I stick up for what’s right.
When I witness bigotry, misogyny, exclusion, or hatred, I will speak up. I won’t allow those behaviors to go unchecked in my presence.
No. 4: I donate to causes I believe in.
My monthly donations for Planned Parenthood and various environmental organizations will continue to increase. I am there to support their hard work and determination to provide care for those who need it.
No. 5: I enable others to contribute.
The core purpose of my business to help others live more fulfilling lives. Many people are looking for ways to contribute in a bigger way. I am focusing my energy on being a resource for those with something to give. We will lighten their load so they can be there for others. We will connect them to new opportunities to give their time and their energy to the causes they believe in.
No. 6: I give opportunities to the most vulnerable.
As my team grows, those positions are available for immigrants and refugees who came here for new opportunities. I will support them and their families through sponsorship and a viable career of contributing to the well-being of others. I am also creating new ways for my clients to gift our services to those in need, so we can support them through this tough era.
We are faced with a systemic disregard for lives that matter. The antidote to this social disease is compassion, optimism, and love. We all have a role to play. What will your role be?