Weaving a narrative of love and joy

A message from Verónica Moreno, Thousand Currents Community Engagement Manager

As the holidays approach in the U.S., some of us feel the heaviness of this moment in time, making it difficult to imagine the future with any sort of certainty. 2016 has been a particularly difficult year not only the United States, but around the globe.

These struggles are part of a continued effort towards liberation. I don’t mean to dismiss the pain many of us have experienced this past year, particularly in communities of color. I would, however, like to unpack the hidden gifts in the pain and the importance of not letting the challenges of tomorrow get the better of us right now. Poet Khalil Gibran offers the following:

Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding.
Even as the stone of the fruit must break, that its heart may stand in the sun, so must you know pain.
And could you keep your heart in wonder at the daily miracles of your life, your pain would not seem less wondrous than your joy.

I am fortunate to have regular reminders of the incredible grassroots victories on issues from climate change to indigenous rights over cultural production to food sovereignty. Through their daily practice, Thousand Currents partners demonstrate how their hearts stand in the sun, despite the pain. They constantly remind me of the beauty that the youth, womxn, and providers of this world cultivate in our communities.

Thousand Currents is committed to keep the spotlight on our partners’ stories of transformation, knowing that this light will always outshine darkness.

This holiday season, I will return home to my bruised but strong family. I will keep alive the beautiful tradition of making tamales with my mother and sister. I will reconnect with friends and laugh about shared memories. I will play with my nieces and nephew and bask in the joy of love because I know that even when I may not be able to imagine liberation quite yet, they can.

Like our partners, I will choose courage.

I refuse to let the uncertainty of tomorrow undermined the beauty that I’ve witnessed in my life. I refuse to let ego get the better of me and prevent me from searching for the alternatives that exist beyond my imagination. I refuse to look at this speckle of time and let it unravel the beautiful narrative woven together by all the love and joy in this world.

As we depart from the winter solstice, we know that mother earth has already tilted from the longest night.

I will not be distracted by the darkness.
Instead I will focus on the fact that
more and more light is coming.

I’m excited for what the future brings.

Light and blessings,

vero

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