Footprints 

LBelans - 12/10/19 & 2/1/2020 & 2/2/2021

Gratitude for undaunted fighters for Democracy, justice, and kindness.

 

For women across continents forming relationships through ideas, through grief, and through aspirations. For speaking truth to power.

For educators wrestling with muscular tentacles of poverty to level the crooked room of education.

 

For herculean justice-seekers dismantling racism.

For the peace-makers who deflect slings and arrows.

 

For investigative journalists who risk their safety. For those who stand as witness to and interpreters of injustice.

 

For the shining stalwarts who redirect our small, plastic-straw activism toward unholy behemoths .

Gratitude for artists and dancers who sometimes challenge the world, sometimes make it a more beautiful place – sometimes simultaneously.

 

For writers and poets who offer the mind-altering power of words.

Gratitude for friends who seek our help to ameliorate another human being’s suffering, or their own.

For people who make us laugh out loud.

Gratitude for those who intentionally raise kind, gentle children to greet each new moment with fierce abandon.

 

For children -- our natural philosophers, scientists, peacemakers, artists, and truth tellers.

For defenders of justice and the rule of law.

Gratitude.