This was right after I was thinking about how easy it is to live our life being against things and people. And it is certainly right to call out harmful things and bad behavior.
On the other hand, it is really easy to get stuck thinking about all of the things we are against; all the people we dislike; and all the things and people ruining the world. When we do this, we often stew in feelings of hate, rage, stress, and anxiety.
This is no way to live.
So recently, I was thinking about how I want to define my life more by the things I am “for”, rather than the things I am against. And I wrote this poem.
“What I am For”
I am for . . .
Caring for the earth like she is my Mother.
Listening to you,
And trying to understand your perspective.
Having hard conversations in gentle ways.
Cussing like the prophets.
Caring for animals.
Getting lost in romance.
Reveling in the mystery of the Universe.
Standing with the oppressed.
Creating a world in which everyone can flourish.
Painting with bright colors.
Cooking good food,
And inviting you to dinner.
Getting better at Greek and calculus.
Watching silly movies.
Letting myself be overwhelmed by the beauty of Classical music,
And punk rock, too.
Laughing a lot.
Crying sometimes, too.
Finding the light of God in everyone and everything.
Loving people more than politics.
Practicing hope and baking bread.
Question: What are some things you are for?