For when you want to give up

 

A PRAYER

For when you want to write the resignation letter,
Want to skip town
Give up on this campaign, this job, this congregation, this community, this family.
Start a new life slinging brunch. On a beach. Definitely on a beach. Specializing in sunny side up eggs on buttered toast and mango smoothies.
Never think about justice, covenant, love, heartbreak. Just about all the yellows of sun and egg and mango.
Spirit, give us the long view.
We are only here because someone refused to give up on this campaign, this job, this congregation, this community, this family.
Give us perspective, humor, a break.
Give us teammates who we can tell the truth to.
Give us faith, honesty, mangoes. 
May we dig down past the giving up, Find the grit to get through.

I had the privilege to hear two leading activists speak in August—Patrisse Cullors, co-founder of Black Lives Matter, and Janaya Khan, founder of Black Lives Matter Canada.

During the discussion, Janaya Khan was praised by an audience member for being “remarkable” because they had persisted in challenging white supremacy despite fierce opposition. They said in response: “You don’t have to be remarkable to do this work; you become remarkable when you do this work.

Patrisse Cullers was asked what keeps her going—how can she persist in the struggle for collective liberation day after day, year after year?

Being on the right side of  history,” she remarked quietly.

Let’s all be on the right side of history.

Come out this week. Attend tomorrow night’s anti-racism workshop at First Unitarian. March with us in Saturday’s fourth annual March for a Culture of Peace.

Become remarkable.

Jeff

 

One thought on “For when you want to give up

  1. Hope this gets to you… YOU are the inspiration to ‘become remarkable ‘ because you are showing us how. Keep up your wonderful and tireless work, Jeff.

    On Tue, Sep 19, 2017 at 5:54 PM First Unitarian Social Justice Connector wrote:

    > Jeffrey Lott posted: ” A PRAYER For when you want to write the > resignation letter, Want to skip town Give up on this campaign, this job, > this congregation, this community, this family. Start a new life slinging > brunch. On a beach. Definitely on a beach. Specializing in” >

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