Where Do You Stand?

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I’m not a fan of the people who are always warning that X is simply a distraction from Y, which is their issue and, as a result, the REAL issue.  I’m a woman, a mom, and a lawyer and I know how to multitask as easily as I breathe.

But I do stop from time to time to remember where I stand.

I am on the side of the trees, and the mycelia that link them all across the landbase.  I am on the side of the streams, the watershed, and the Potomac River.  I am on the side of the foxes, the chipmunks, and the fireflies.  I am on the side of ocean waves and cats, both of which swirl around our ankles and remind us what a gorgeously sensuous planet this is.  I am on the side of honeysuckle, morning fog, and lilacs.  And peonies.  I am on the side of peonies.  I am on the side of cold water, swallowed from a stone pitcher, at noon, beside a field of produce.  I am on the side of artists, and poets, and gardeners, and I am on the side of people who write good laws (a true art and far more difficult than it first appears).  I am on the side of grandfathers making tea with their granddaughters and I am on the side of scientists who keep on throwing away bad theories in search of the truth.  I am on the side of squash on vines, peaches on trees, berries within the brambles.  I am on the side of aunts who send cards and I am on the side of neighbors who visit.  I am on the side of Full Moons, and Venus rising, and the Big Dipper.  I am on the side of the hard work it takes to compromise and move things forward.  I am on the side of singers, harpists, bards, and storytellers.  I am on the side of wine shared with friends and I am on the side of the silence in the deep forest.  I am on the side of the San Gabriels and the Blue Ridge, the blues and the bayou, the Witches and the Druids.  I am on the side of the eight-year-old girl reading all summer in the library and I am on the side of the dancer, ecstatic with the dance.

And, I am on the side of the mysteries.

Do you remember where you stand?  How would you live differently today if you did?

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5 responses to “Where Do You Stand?

  1. Thank you for your post!! Thank you for reminding me that I don’t stand with bullies or bullying!! I just had an experience with a bully who wears The velvet gloves!! I am telling myself I did what I had to do requesting that she quit lying to me and herself!! trying not to accuse myself of being self-righteous!! I am not accustomed to standing up for myself!! My worst fear is that standing up to bullies has consequences and they will double down!!

  2. Thank you for the encouragement!! I wondered how this was all going to shake out but I just got a phone call and this person is a stand-up person, apparently, and apologized for shading the truth!! It’s never an all-or-none deal is it? Such a thing as false humility and false Pride and easy, so easy to fall on that side. Yet the program I follow tells me I will intuitively know!!

  3. Please check out Huffington Post’s article today — When the Punishment Feels like a Crime by Julia Iofee — brilliant and succinct writing on the treatment of women ….. hoping that the story will be spread throughout the Web!

  4. Reblogged this on Auntwheezie's Blog and commented:
    I stand on the side of those in my LGBTQ community. I stand on the side of women who need a voice. I am on the side of the kids in the neighborhood that play with my grandchildren in our yard. I am on the side of teachers everywhere who struggle each day to do the job they love despite the misery and poor pay. I am on the side of the dreams I have for my daughter’s family.

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