Post-Election Thanksgiving: Pass The Potatoes & Love, Please.

Dear Reader,

Maybe you feel like I do. Maybe you understand me when I say that being a thankful American is hard this year.

An election broke our hearts.
We all seem so divided.
The fear is palpable - what happens next?

Just scroll through our publication from the past two weeks. It's all there - the anxiety, the worry, the devastation. And today, we're supposed to celebrate unity, inclusion, and the general spirit of our nation's first Thanksgiving (yes, that's the watered down version, I know) even though so many of us feel cast aside. 

 I won't tell you not to feel that way. Powerful movements are born from those feelings. But maybe just for today, you and I can choose to feel something else.

"The moment we choose to love we begin to move against domination, against oppression."
-Bell Hooks

Today, when my family gathers around the turkey and passes around a giant bowl of mashed potatoes, I'm choosing to only feel love. Because love is just as powerful.

"Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that."
-Martin Luther King Jr.

It is not a concession or a retreat. To love is a bold act; it is a step towards a revolution of self with the power to transform a dinner table and eventually, the world. 
Whatever comes next for our country begins with you and me. What better day to start healing, forgiving, and loving then today, on Thanksgiving?

With Love,