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Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Yes, We Can

"And the time came when the risk to remain tight in a bud
was more painful than the risk it took to blossom." Anais Nin

I haven't been able to write for a long while. The truth is, I've been in, what I will call, a deep funk. I've stopped believing I can. I've stopped believing that what I write matters. I've stopped believing in myself, really. I've allowed the old doubts to creep in, slowly at first, and then the floodgates opened and a whole sea of doubts came pouring in. I've wanted to crawl inside my warm, down comforter and go back to sleep.

And in the days leading up to this election, I've been holding my breath more, tensing my shoulders more, pacing more and trying not to allow myself to think about what might be. I've been distracted and impatient and sad. I've been afraid to let myself imagine a beautiful, wonderful, inclusive and inspiring outcome because I didn't want to be deeply disappointed.

But then last night happened.

The country got together, they filled out their ballots, they stood in long lines, they volunteered their time and energy and resources, and they let their voices be heard.

And then Barack Obama stood in front of the world and told us that we can, that we did, that we will.

And I felt something I've been holding tightly inside me loosen a bit. I felt an overwhelming sense of pride and hope and connectedness.

I felt like if Rosa Parks can do what she did, if Martin Luther King Jr. can do what he did, if Barack Obama can do what he just did, and the world can come together and do what they just did, then maybe that means I can too.

Today things have changed. Colors have merged, differences have been set aside, people have spoken and the world is listening. I'm listening too and am happy to report that there is a new voice inside my head and it's very clearly saying, yes, you can.

Yes, I can.

May beautiful blessings find you today. May all that is real and peaceful and loving find you and hold you in its warmest embrace.

And may you never stop believing that you can.


  1. I'm so happy for you and our awakening world. The gift of inspiration is our gift to receive and act upon now! Gratitude fills me as my friend feels hope. Your sense of connectedness creates more of the good stuff that keeps all our fires burning.


  2. Thank you for your inspiring words! Yes we can. Yes you can!Thanks for sharing part of your beautiful self with the world.


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