What I’m really trying to say….
As I pondered this prompt (Thanks Mardra!) and thought about what type of information I’ve been putting out in the universe lately, I had to pause. For those who don’t know me, (and maybe to some who do) my writing may appear to lean toward the negative.
Am I really that angry? Or is it just that what persuades me to put pen to paper (or fingers to keys) is the injustice I see on a daily basis? I share the happy of others, post an occasional vote of encouragement too, but what convinces me to voice my own opinions is usually outrage combined with an overwhelming sense of “There but for the grace of God go I.”
My recent writings have involved things like words that offend parents of children with all types of special needs, an entire segment of our community being at risk of early death while “the public” remains unfazed, and the use of prone restraints, by men who were being paid to protect and serve, causing the death of young men with Down syndrome.
Then, there was my Thanksgiving post. *I do have it in me to write about positive things.
So in answer to the question, I’m trying to say that each of us can, and should, do our best to create real change. In my case, it’s being a voice. That means bringing attention to things that aren’t always pleasant. It involves rallying the troops needed to make sure injustice doesn’t get swept under the rug. It means addressing issues (like Alzheimer’s and grief) that parents face so they don’t feel alone.
If empathy inspires my writing, I have to consider that a gift. It is, of course, a double-edged sword. It requires feeling collective pain deep enough to let it motivate you. It demands being passionate enough to take risks. And it doesn’t always make you the most popular girl in the room.
The key, in my opinion, is to not allow what I’m trying to say be the end of it.
We have to be the change… or be part of the problem.
This self-examination is part of Finish The Sentence Friday – a blog link-up hosted by Finding Ninee. This week is being co-host by my friend and partner Mardra Sikora. There are some really great stories by other participants – check them out.