“We’re thinking about resistance more than resilience here in New Orleans.” -Rev De Vandiver, ten year anniversary of The Flood
Here’s to all who resist!
Resist the certainty of others’ diagnoses
Resist numbing out
Resist the same old same old
Resist being taken advantage of
Resist the hissed whisper to be quiet, settle down
Resist what is given, and instead create what is needed.
Here’s to all who create!
Create new stories, with new life springing forth
Create laughter and tears
Create gardens and delicious meals from them
Create music and its deep companionship
Create relationships that defy labels
Create deep rootsCreate beauty
Create courageous actions
Create what will carry us to a new day.
Here’s to the new day!
May it dawn bright for all, condemning none to nightmares
May it bring hope grounded in reason to hope
May it bring evidence for hearts to trust that love is real
May it bring joy and the simple abundance of enough.
Here’s to Labor Day, to the humble imperfect work of us all.
Seen and unseen, paid and unpaid, respected and unrespected.
Here’s to our real work together