Last week, I encouraged each of us to transcend negativity and stay focused on our intentions and/or goals. This message seemed even more resonant as I listened to Oprah Winfrey’s speech on Sunday during the Golden Globes. As she spoke, the message that resonated most to me was that those who have come before us sacrificed so much for those of us who now benefit from those sacrifices. I had learned that Rosa Parks had investigated the brutal gang rape of Recy Taylor who recently died at the age of 97 several weeks ago. She was one of the many mostly unknown courageous women who spoke up for what they knew to be right at great cost. Another such woman is Lucy Delaney, pictured above, whose mother filed a successful lawsuit for her and her two daughters’ freedom in Missouri before the abolition of slavery.
Much of the same courage is required today in this time of great change and transformation. It is evident in the #MeToo movement and the much needed steps to shift the way that women in all walks of life are treated in their homes, in their workplaces and in every place in between. It will require a cultural change in which conscious women are in leadership positions and have authority to foster environments where women are safe and valued for their contributions. This is not easy particularly when, as one man told me several months ago, those who have power and privilege do not want to let go of the advantages they have enjoyed for generations.
For this reason, it is important not to be distracted by all the noise. We must continue to move forward toward the beloved community where no one is afraid to speak their truth and to reveal abuse or assault or any other violence or injustices against those who are vulnerable to the whims and actions of the powerful. The #MeToo movement may not be your calling. However, it is important that as we continue to embrace 2018, those who desire a more loving, just and peaceful world continue to stay focused on what matters and let go of those things that do not support a loving and just intention.