“My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” – John F. Kennedy
Once the marches are over – the real work begins. Volunteer. Serve. Help. Find something you feel is important that is threatened and work for it. It is time to stop expecting the government (or anyone else) to help. It is our time to act with love, with unity, and with focus on making our neighborhoods, our country, and our world a safe, loving and healthy place for everyone. This happens only with love – not with protesting the bad but by working for the good. It is not a time of numbness or fear, but of building, and rebuilding.
Jesus says to love our enemies. Love. Not protest.
Marching in protest doesn’t build. It says what you are against, but not what you are for. If all you do is focus on the negative, then that is the only thing you are giving your energy to. Life is too short to be angry all the time. Do something positive.
Teach a child from another country how to read and write in English. Learn Arabic or Spanish so that you can welcome the stranger. Donate your time to a women’s shelter.
Buy land and keep the trees on it so it is a haven for wildlife, and produces air for people to breathe. Or donate to the Nature Conservancy to do the same thing.
Worried about the Department of Education? Go to the library. Read non-fiction. Learn as much as you can. Encourage others to do the same by teaching a class on what you learned. Start a group (sometimes known as a salon) where you all share your knowledge.
Worried about the National Endowment for the Arts? Start your own creative co-op. Paint. Draw. Have a play. Recite poetry. Have a concert.
You don’t need a special place for these experiences – you can rotate using member’s homes. You don’t need a permit.
The biggest thing is to focus on what you can do. Not on expecting anyone else to help or support, or protect. The props are gone, or are going. We don’t need them anymore. We can walk on our own. We are stronger than we know.
Build bridges, not walls. You. Yourself. Don’t worry about the government. You can’t control them. Focus on yourself – what you can do. It is time to stop being passive about your life. It is time to stop being co-dependent.
Worried about access to birth control? Research natural rhythm methods. Practice abstinence or non-penetrative sex until you are ready (mentally, emotionally, financially) to have a child. Learn different ways to be intimate with your partner other than having sex.