June 20, 2017
Traveling this week, I have overhead and shared conversations with friends, strangers and taxi drivers about the current state of affairs in the US. A taxi driver mentioned being concerned about Trump allowing his entry into US for holiday. Saturday night in Florence, a friend shared of her newly "weeping tree," a more than 70-year old tree that never before this year had cried and dripped a sticky resin-like sap all over and in continuation. That tale led to broader dialogue about "that horrible man's" (#notmypresident) decision to exit the Paris Agreement. Today, as I headed to London (where it is nearly 90 degrees and terrorist and hate crimes have sadly been far too frequent), a couple and I heard a woman screaming and rudely demanding directions at security, one of them said, "She must be an American." Reflecting on these comments and the weekend's news of further racial injustice, I boarded the plane deeply saddened. These current political, environmental and cultural times can leave us feeling helpless and out of control. In light of such, I continue to stand up for my beliefs and values (truth, love, integrity, inclusivity and equality), and am more deeply than ever committed to using my voice on behalf of the planet and others who are being unjustly hurt or discriminated against in any and every means possible. We cannot be silent or indifferent about the environmental, political, legal, racial and social crises we observe and read of daily, and as we become agents for change in our own way, our greatest tool is to embody the qualities we wish to see in the world and lead by example with every decision and interaction. I am not responsible for generalizations about all Americans, and certainly not for the US President, but how I manage my own energy, privilege, buying power, generosity and love is mine and mine alone.