Many survivors of domestic violence, child abuse, gun violence, and sexual molestation, harassment, and assault have felt the cold chill of indifference. We are told, in essence, that we don’t matter. It is a bitter pill that many of us have been compelled to swallow. Hopefully, most of us no longer smile and say the obligatory, “yum!”
It’s frustrating. We get angry. We howl at the moon. How the hell can so many turn a blind, oblivious eye to our suffering? Why the hell doesn’t somebody do something?
The cold, harsh reality is that those of us who have actually been doing something are burned out. We’re done taking the bullets for those who prefer to cower in corners. We too would prefer to be elsewhere having fun.
When I hit the wall of indifference and never-ending expectations from people I have never met ~ people who can’t be bothered to remember my birthday ~ people who only show up when they want something ~ people who run for the hills when it is time to reciprocate, I had the good fortune to have dinner with Shannon Wilson.
Dance to the music.
There are few people I admire as much as Shannon. She achieved more progress for protective mothers than anyone else I know about, and she got brutally kicked in the teeth as her reward. I was devastated when she withdrew her brilliant Rights for Mothers blog, but I understood on a soul level exactly why she did it.
Then, I noticed that Shannon was happy. She had a new man in her life. He’d long been a dear friend. She relocated and spent her days fishing and taking amazing photographs. She invested her energies in favorite music that speaks to her soul. I realized that it wouldn’t be long before I’d be following in her footsteps.
I know that many of my readers would love to achieve change. Many of you think that the court system is your only answer. Yet, throughout history, it has been the artists who lead real change. So, at the end of this horrendous and taxing day, I want to encourage you to tap into your creative side ~ the aspect of your personality that connects you to the Universe ~ your Spirit ~ your essence.
You’ll likely discover that your artistic endeavors are far more powerful than your words or any legal brief.