1. Anne Lafleur says:

    This is absolutely beautiful. I like so many of your lines, and this one especially: “It’s not just Pollyanna-like of us to look for the good and positive and true, it’s also healthy, empowering, and socially responsible.” Thank you for encouraging us all to keep shining. It’s the only way to keep darkness at bay.

  2. Yes! Excellent post. I wanted to share with you a couple of post-election posts on parenting for social justice – “chickadee prayer” and “the power in a community of practice”. Check them out at http://www.act4socialjustice.com Thanks so much for your wisdom and clarity.

  3. Kelly says:

    Thanks Beth. I needed this now more than ever.

  4. Ellen says:

    Thank you…so well said, so important. Thank you for writing this, we need your voice.

  5. Victoria Horvath says:

    I am grateful for these words of wisdom. Yesterday my five year old was playing with his toy on the floor of our family room. I turned the television on and the news began with the on air assasination of the Russian ambassador to Turkey, followed by the terror attack in a Berlin. I should have grabbed the remote and shut it off immediately but I was immobilized. The news went on to discuss the electoral college and a list of the president elects choices for his cabinet . I was and am fearful, heartsick and anxious but I am a mother of young children who are looking forward to Santa coming in a few days so I smile and breathe and hope. I always have hope.

    • Beth says:

      It’s so hard, Victoria. The ongoing task of showing up strong and centered no matter what we’re hit with and processing takes superhuman effort at times. Thank you for staying hopeful. Thank you for continuing to rise and choose love over and and over and over. It’s incredibly brave.

  6. Kate Rose says:

    Thank you for these wise and affirmative words, Beth. Here in England we are facing the same fears post-Brexit, as well as concern about the impact Mr Trump’s policies may have globally. I have a sense that as well as a rise in “hate” speak and actions (which the media like to focus on), there is and will be a rise in kindness and reaching out in love, as people of good-intention realise that we each can contribute by being, daily, the best we can be. This is gentle activism and is more powerful than we can ever imagine.

  7. Thank you Beth!
    The pervasive fear-mongering is why I have mostly stopped ingesting all sorts of media in the last decade(!).

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