“My place is of the sun and this place is of the dark. I do not feel the romance, I do not catch the spark…. and I will not be a pawn… for the prince of darkness, any longer.”
-Indigo Girls, Prince of Darkness
This week something pretty incredible remarkable amazing happened. One blogger wrote a beautiful piece in response to recent tragedies and atrocities happening in the world. Another blogger was posting about these same events on FaceBook. The two had a conversation that inspired this:
“How cool would it be if we could get 1000 bloggers on the same day to write posts about compassion, kindness, support, caring for others, non-judgement etc.? (Date to be decided.)
We could call it 1000 Voices For Compassion.
And thus began a movement. 1000 Voices for Compassion. A call for bloggers to join together on one day to speak out in the name of compassion. To stand up to the bullies and the killers and the harmers and the haters. To make the voices of the good drown out the insatiable voice of negativity and hatred.
That was five days ago.
Most of us write because we have to. Often we write about things that move us. Things we care about. Things that we think maybe need to be heard. Some of us have been floundering under the oppressive weight of heartbreak over everything that we’re reading and hearing and seeing in the world. Most of us want to do something.
And what do we do?
We write, damn it.
Because words matter.
Words change minds and change lives and words have power.
And all of our words together?
So, this is my plea. If you’re tired of the negativity that permeates the news and social media. If you’ve grown weary of all the violence in this world. If you’re tired of the “us” and “them” mentality and want to be a part of “we.” If you are ready for things to shift, for something to change… then write. Speak. Be a part of this movement.
Maybe it will help.
Maybe someone someone will hear us and feel wrapped in the comfort of knowing that people care.
Maybe someone’s hardened heart will soften just a little.
Maybe positivity will breed more positivity.
Maybe all of us together will be heard.
Maybe we can convince the “us” and the “them” to join.
Because your thoughts might add to the thoughts of others who want to create change. And if enough of us join in eventually we’ll be heard. Eventually those trudging through life will hear our concert of thoughts and lift their heads and open their hearts.
So please, join in. All of you have something to say. All of you can be a part of something good.
Let’s do this.
When: February 20, 2015
How: Write a post about compassion. What it means to you. How has it affected you? How we can bring more of it to those who need it. Really, there are no rules, just as long as it’s about compassion.
Participate: via FaceBook go to this link and request to join.
via Twitter, post and use the hashtag #1000Speak
*If you’re not on Facebook but would like to join you can let me know in Comments, below, and I’ll add you to the mailing list.