I stand for:
The helpers and healers in the world.
I stand for teachers who are raising our next generation.
I stand for mental health workers – our psychotherapists, our social workers, our probation and parole officers.
I stand for our police officers who have the almost impossible job of protecting us despite our fear and sometimes outright hatred for them.
I stand for our military service members who are on the ground fighting to keep us safe from harm and to defend our freedom. (Despite not always believing in or understanding the war they are fighting).
I stand for our non-profit workers, creating massive change in their organizations.
I stand for our nurses, our medical doctors, our dietitians, our physical therapists, all of those in the medical fields.
I stand for you, who are undervalued, underpaid, who work to help others often working harder than your clients or those you are trying to help to the point of mental and physical exhaustion. I stand for you.
I believe that we need to take care of ourselves. We need to stop believing that everyone else is more important than we are.
I believe that we need a strong team of individuals who are going to stand up and say that the systems we are working in are broken. But we are not just going to complain. We are going to make significant changes that will begin to heal our society as a whole.
I believe that we CAN do this. That we do not need to keep running the rat race. That we don’t need to continue to work in jobs that keep people sick. We do not need to be a part of the systems that generate and proliferate fear.
I believe that we can change the school systems, the health care systems, the prison systems.
And I believe that when we stop living as if there is not enough, when we recognize the abundance this universe has to offer we will see that we already have the tools and resources to do it, we already have the people, we already know how. We just need to work together and stop accepting the status quo.