Today I sat down to write and instead I stared at a flashing vertical line on a WordPress page titled ‘add new post.’ I struggle with writer’s block a lot but it feels worse this time. Years ago, I wrote with the talented Lisa Garrigues and she told me to just keep moving my pen and if I had nothing to say, to keep writing anyway.
As I thought of Lisa’s advice this morning, my mind flashed to an idea. Oprah writes a column titled, ‘What I Know For Sure’. Perhaps on this day when I feel like I know nothing for sure, I should ‘be like Oprah.’ So here goes…
I know that many people do not understand why I marched on Saturday.
I know that I want to try to explain to people who don’t understand but I know that I am scared to do so. I know I do not have the strength to argue about it.
I know that I am struggling to listen to the ‘other side’ right now and I imagine that people who think differently than I do are having a hard time listening to me.
I know that I have many philosophical concerns about the state of our country but I also know that there are things I worry about more.
I know that I am worried that we have lost the ability to listen to each other. I know that I am just as guilty of this as my friends on ‘the other side.’
I know that it is a problem that we have drawn sides.
I know that this election and inauguration are different.
I know that I would be happier if everyone felt the same way.
I know that we can disagree on policy and strategy. I know that I have disagreed with many politicians on each but I have never been fearful and anxious the way I am today.
I know that truth matters. I know that words matter. I know that facts matter.
I know this for sure.