Act, Write, Speak, Be – For Reflection

Audre Lorde (Caribbean-American writer, womanist, lesbian, and civil rights activist, 1934-1992) wrote:
I realize that if I wait until I am no longer afraid to act, write, speak, be, I’ll be sending messages on a ouija board, cryptic complaints from the other side.

Are you afraid to act, write, speak, be?  Will you anyway? What do you think of those who do?

I invite you to a day of reflection on these questions.

Who needs to be empowered? In what way can you be part of that empowerment?

Justice & Peace Heart

I invite you to a day of reflection on these questions.

#30DaysOfLoveAndReflection – Day 21

Introduction to 30 Days of Love and Reflection


My Reflection

I’ve talked to many people who have regretted not speaking up sooner. Often people wish they had spoken to someone who has died. Now opportunities for potentially fruitful conversations are gone.

I hadn’t really thought about regretting not speaking up in general, on issues of the day. I love the image of trying to send messages back after death, via Ouija board. What a frustration… and how much more effective to speak the truth, clearly, while we still can.

As Unitarian Universalists, we often remark that we don’t worry about what happens after we die. Instead, we are concerned about how we live this life. To make a difference in this life, though, we need to act, write, speak, be… now. Waiting until we are unafraid could take a long time, and there are people who need our voices now. We need to learn to act, write, speak, be… sooner rather than later. And, we need to empower others to do the same.

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