Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. — Anne Lamott
I think we all need a bit of stubborn hope today, even though it feels like all hope has vanished.
I expected *something* to happening on Wednesday…what I did not imagine was that a mob of white supremacist insurgents would actually gain access to the People’s House. Nor could I imagine they would gleefully post their criminal behavior all over social media and then just waltz out looking like their team just won the Super Bowl….while the Capital Police held the doors for them! Yesterday, as more news unfolded surrounding the horrors of Wednesday, my mood got progressively darker.
But despite the trauma to our great nation there were some things this week that gave me some hope to hold! Things like Reverend Doctor Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff… Stacey Abrams and Nsé Ufot… and the Atlanta Dream who did some research, liked what they heard, and lifted Rev Warnock up… by wearing his name on their shirts!
It still feels so dark to me today, but I am stubbornly holding onto hope.
Have a good weekend everyone, see you all back here next week!
We need hope more than ever, so thank you to you, Nse Ufot, the New Georgia Project, the Atlanta Dream, and even Congress who performed their constitutional duty in the wee hours of Thursday morning. It is still quite dark, but I am also holding hope.
Perfectly expressed. Thank you.
OMG, I never expected Wednesday to see a terrorist attack on the Capitol!
But, Wednesday also brought another amazing event…Georgia!!! Thank you, thank you! Stacey Abrams , so much respect for her, an American hero.
Thank you, thank you for lifting up the GOOD, Kat. For the game changing votes (GEORGIA!!!!). I said to Troy, late that night, how unfortunate that such a victory, which WOULD have been the headliner, was literally–literally–trampled. Could this be our rock bottom? I hope so. I hope this is the beginning of our push up from the bottom of the pool. Oh, what the next few days could hold.
I am still sick about what happened on Wednesday but I haven’t yet given up hope. I am so buoyed by what happened in Georgia — it’s proof, at least to me, that voter suppression has been what’s been holding this country back. I’m also given hope by knowing that if there is a tie in the Senate, it’s going to be a woman of color making the final decision! I am sad to say that I was not at all surprised by what happened this week (except, perhaps, by the magnitude of it), but I hope many in this country were shocked by it, enough to finally realize that we have a serious problem and get to work to fix it.
Still hoping…as I said on Mary’s blog, I don’t believe anything will change on 1/20, but we should be able to have a bit more comfort. The week has been a cluster for sure! AMEN for GA.
PS Started The House by the Lake and am LOVING it – fascinating (also so scary….)
Thanks for finding these little nuggets of hope from the week. I wish Georgia was getting more attention right now!
My nugget of hope came from how my students responded to Wednesday–with outrage that anyone would desecrate the Capitol. It made me proud that students who come from all backgrounds shared that sense of outrage at such behavior.
I have to say I hit a wall on Friday afternoon. Then I read about Nancy Pelosi. At 80 years old, she faced madmen with assault rifles, stayed up until 4:30 a.m. to make sure the House certified Biden’s election, and then got to work drafting articles of impeachment. What a heroine!!
Just when I successfully managed my news consumption, I’m now battling it once again. Hope is what keeps me going.