This weekend I did something I have never done before. I joined a group that has been demonstrating for Peace for almost 40 years. Every Saturday morning, they stand at the corner of the public square in town and quietly stand up for Peace. I have lived in this town for almost 20 years and I have watched them, never dreaming that I would ever become one of them. I’m too shy. I don’t like to get involved. I’m not proud of that, but that is how I thought – until now. The last three years have changed that. I see with increasing alarm that this is not the country I thought it was. I do not like what I see. We do not live up to our ideals. Many of us, including me, have been complacent, and complacency = complicity. I realize I was wrong, and now I have an obligation to change my ways.
What can I do? What is my role? I can write, but what do I have to say? I have been thinking about starting this blog for several months, but the words would not come. It’s like I was waiting for a cue and this weekend, with the confirmation of a morally unfit Supreme Court Justice, I got it. I know that the ordinary citizen has a role, but I was hoping that at some point our system of government would work. The checks and balances would kick in. That our elected leaders would do the right thing. It’s not happening. They are not going to save us. We have to save ourselves. It’s up to us to make things right again. We the People have to rise up and create the country we want to live in. We cannot leave it to politicians to do it for us.
So, I am starting this blog. I do not want to debate whose fault it is that we are here. It is not Trump’s fault. It is not Hillary’s fault. It is not Bernie Sanders’ fault. It’s not the Republicans or the Democrats or the Russians. It’s not their fault. It is our collective fault. Others can analyze how and why we got here. Let’s accept that we are where we are. So, where do we go from here? What kind of country do we want to be? These are the questions that interest me.
Just One Voice is also about stepping into my power and owning my truth. I am a single, never-married, white, 57-year-old woman. For most of those 57 years I have been wondering why I am here. What is my purpose? I am part of a great groundswell of citizens taking back their power from the corrupt forces that have taken advantage of our collective complacency. It is time to rise up and fight for the country I want. I have been told that I am a Utopian soul, a Pollyanna. I may be overly optimistic but I think we can accomplish more by aiming high. This is not a “spirituality” blog, but my understanding of the Divine informs my views and I want to be honest about that up front. I am a LightWorker. I am here to do whatever I can to bring more love and light into the world at this time. I don’t want to hide it. I don’t want to dance around it.
This blog, and joining with others like those peace activists, is my way of shaking off the complacency and working to create the world I want to see. For now, the purpose of this blog is to express my views and see where it goes. I am setting some ground rules, which will likely evolve. To start, the rules are: thoughtful, respectful commentary is welcome. Abuse and vitriol are not. I am not a big “commenter,” myself, so we’ll see what happens. I am Just One Voice, but I am one of many. Together I believe we can change the world.