Each year I’ve taken on the idea of embracing a single word to carry me through the year. This year my word has been vulnerable. And boy has this one been a doozy.
I took on this word, because it represented so much of what I saw my life being this year. I knew I had a fabric line coming out (more on that later!) and wanted to tackle more patterns and fabric goals. I also knew that my health was going to take some new bravery on my part and that my body literally feels more vulnerable every day.
But what I didn’t know was how vulnerable I would feel in the world. The uncertainty of our election year, the miscarriage of justice in trial cases, the continued massacres of innocent people by confused people. But most of all, I was not prepared for the amount of HATE that I hear coming through on social media and the world’s response to the people they consider (often rightfully so!) ones who should be persecuted.
It’s an eye for an eye. Or a head for an eye. It’s anger unfettered. It’s vulnerable people lashing out in any way that they can think of.
But I want to challenge us to embrace our vulnerability and do something different with it. It’s a cliche, but BE the change you want to see. Turn to your friends, your family, your neighbors, strangers and be a light to them. Bring joy to one person every day. Be the light for someone…and that someone can be yourself! It can be a child, a sibling, a parent, the person taking too long in front of you at the checkout…
Problems in the world are never fixed with darkness and hopelessness. They are fixed by people full of purpose. People on a mission of peace but not powerless.