Hearts are stretching everywhere. All day yesterday, my mantra was double down on love. Willfully choosing love is becoming my habitual response to these events. My shock turns to horror turns to rage turns to sadness turns to love for all people. Just, seriously. Our hearts are stretching deep and wide.
Do you remember that song? Deep and Wide? There's a fountain flowing deep and wide. That one has come back to me lately. I'm so grateful there is room for all of us in the fountain. All of us.
Last week, Fierce Solidarity had some of its first events at one of the world's hidden gems. Camp Skyline is a fountain of its own. It lives and breaths Love into campers and employees every year. I'm so blessed and grateful to get to call the directors of the camp my friends. Shana and Matt are beautiful, grounded, heartworking people, and they've just begun their big summer work for the year. During the busiest time of year, they made space in the camp schedule to bring me in to talk with counselors and to host a book launch, both of which were invaluable experiences for me. I feel so supported I can hardly take it all in.
But what I feel most of all is honored. Being gifted with this work feels like the best of all honors to me. That I get to do it, and that others choose to support me as I do is humbling in the best possible way. The debriefing from my first events (made so thorough by theamazing notes my husband took during the event he attended--lucky me to have such an invested partner) has looked and sounded a lot like a raspy, tear choked thank you followed by even grittier determination to press on.
So thank you, thank you, thank you. And, what's next?
Anna Turner is the woman behind Little Hearth. She's an ordained interfaith minister, a writer, a believer in purposeful living and healing, a perpetual student, and a full time feminist mother.