Dear Friends Old and New

I have been wandering through darkness for the past few weeks: unable to write a single word that had meaning; unable to think a creative thought; unable to perceive myself with any positive light; unable to express my feelings.

Yesterday, with trepidation, I felt that I had to speak again. I had to say out loud (in the voice of the blog at least) how horrified I am by our country’s celebratory reaction to someone’s death. I was afraid, because so often I feel like my beliefs and ideas separate me from others. But I had to speak.

Then a wonderful thing happened. People read my words and understood. People I’ve met in the real world. People I’ve only known through words. People who visited for the first time. And now I have a new feeling inside, and it is a strange one–HOPE.

As Mark (who is so not an Idiot) pointed out to me yesterday “Millions are thinking the exact same thing.” Millions. I am not alone. And the responses each of you gave showed me that in those millions are people with powerful voices who could truly change the world if we helped each other some how. If we join our voices together in protest–not in a form of violence but in a protest of peace. The more voices we join together the louder we get and the more we cannot be ignored.

So thank you friends, for giving me back a feeling of hope. I don’t know what the next step will be, but I ask that you all keep writing for change. Writing for peace. Writing for humanity. Keep your words flowing so that eventually they will be heard with MIGHTY ROAR that brings sanity to our world.

Thank you for reading. Thank you for the gift.

❤ Lisa

12 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Misha
    May 03, 2011 @ 08:21:29

    It always feels wonderful to know that what you wrote is understood.

    Good luck with your writing. 🙂

    Reply

  2. Ed Williams
    May 03, 2011 @ 09:40:35

    Love the picture as well as the “words” you seem to have no trouble expressing. ; P

    Reply

  3. TheIdiotSpeaketh
    May 03, 2011 @ 10:22:00

    Thank YOU Lisa 🙂

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  4. Tori Nelson
    May 03, 2011 @ 10:33:34

    Mark, you are the smartest Idiot I ever did know 🙂
    Lisa, thanks for being transparent and honest in your writing, saying what you feel even when you fear the bigger crowd might not get it. I get it 🙂

    Reply

  5. nrhatch
    May 03, 2011 @ 16:20:24

    Lisa ~

    Check out this article when you get the chance:

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mark-matousek/you-dont-need-god-to-be-g_b_854870.html?ref=fb&src=sp

    Turns out that we are HARD-WIRED to be Good! 😀

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    • Lisa
      May 03, 2011 @ 16:28:40

      Oooh, interesting article. I actually wrote about mirror neurons a while back, when I was writing about the Drama Therapy workshop I did (that’s where I first learned about them). I wonder, however, if we are wired to be good, why is there so much bad in the world? Epiphany! It might be because people do good in the name of “God” rather than simply in the name of GOOD.

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      • nrhatch
        May 03, 2011 @ 16:34:32

        Yes!!!! Perfectly put, Lisa. I said JUST THAT to someone today:

        I’m not even going to touch the mission work . . . except to say that there are self-serving motives and hidden agendas every time a missionary says they did it ”out of our love for Jesus Christ” instead of saying they did it “out of love for mankind” or they did it “because it feels good to give.”

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  6. lifeintheboomerlane
    May 05, 2011 @ 02:23:39

    Lisa, this is beautiful and powerful.

    Reply

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