"We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest." ~ Elie Wiesel
I'm feeling speechless lately, but do not take my silence as neutrality.
I've spent the better part of the last three weeks digesting the beautiful alchemy of the Superwoman Summit and how it exceeded my wildest expectations.
Something very powerful happened over the course of that three day weekend and I've been marinating in the feeling of it, trying to understand it, and strategizing about how to keep that feeling going throughout the year. But I'm not done processing this information.
I've also spent time writing several blog posts about the #metoo movement and the pervasive cultures of sexual harassment in the workplace that are coming to light -- how I feel about it and what I want you to think about. But I haven't pressed publish on them because they aren't ready.
I've been contemplating something that's been bothering me for awhile, but has only recently surfaced in a way that I can finally articulate -- I'm disillusioned by my industry, women's empowerment. As I look up to find women leaders I can get behind, I'm left fairly empty handed. I'm organizing my thoughts on this, but I'm not ready to share.
And so I haven't said much lately, but do not take my silence as neutrality. I am anything but neutral on these topics.
As I organize myself, process my feelings and prepare to share them with you, I want you to know that I love you. So much. You truly amaze me.
I see you at the bus stop, writing in your journal.
I see you hustling to work on your bike in the rain.
I see you buying groceries with your kid in the cart and a baby in your belly.
And I feel what you're going through -- the questions, the dreams, the fears, the courage and the doubt. I feel it all.
And I want you to know that you matter, so much.
You are not alone in your doubts and your fears.
You are worthy of feeling good.
You are capable of doing whatever you want in life.
You. Can. Do. Whatever. You. Put. Your. Mind. To.
So tell me, what were you writing in your journal about? What were you thinking about as you hustled to work in the rain? What was going through your mind as you pushed the cart through the grocery isle for the millionth time this year?
I truly want to know what's on your mind, because there is a lot on mine;) I'm anything but neutral right now. How about you?