I’m drained. I had such an emotional day yesterday, and today I’ve a hellish headache, windburn, and a stuffy nose. My private life and my public author’s face are separate entities so I won’t go into too many details here. But it is worth mentioning in the abstract, just why I’m compelled to write this today, and why when I’m done, I’m not working on my novel. I’m going back to bed with a dose of antihistamines instead.
Twenty seven years ago, a small group of friends sat at my kitchen table and we devised a plan that, if all went well, would put a halt to an impending travesty with dire environmental consequences. We got other people on board with the idea. It was a gamble. It was expensive. It took years of our lives and was made possible by the added efforts of many. So many dear friends were made as we pooled our resources for a cause greater than ourselves. And it worked.
Twenty years ago this past Saturday, after the first round of good news for our gamble came to light, I was invited to take part in a ceremony of thanks. The man leading it was a Native American shaman and the most astute person I have ever had the honor of knowing. In that unique moment in time, he said to me “Spirit speaks in the voices available.”
I believe that.
The precious undertaking did what it was conceived to do. It put and end to a terrible short-sighted idea. It ran a good run, an awesome run, and this past weekend we put it to rest with honor and tears on the official 25th anniversary. The spirit of place gathered many voices together and together we spoke. So, as I’m tearing up again, I’ll close with this for it is one of the truest statements ever made:
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
I’m participating in the Trifecta this week.
“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched- they must be felt with the heart.”
~ Helen Keller
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