Along the Edges
I have learned that there is beauty along the edges -- in those places where I have not been before. Conversation with the unexpected, the sidelined, or those so readily excluded by most. I live on the edges – the edge of privilege in my life as a corporate executive – and on the edge of exclusion as an openly gay woman, life partner, and mother of 3 daughters. I have found deep insight along these edges. Deep insight that is rarely born out of privilege. Where do you find your deep insight?
I believe that we are better together – when I accept who you are, and how you have come to be. When I accept your choices, and you accept mine. When we find ways to cross the “divides” that lay between us and speak words of love that connect us. The divides were built by the fear, pain, and judgment it’s now time to release. We are better together. How will you cross the divide?
I believe that love is the only thing we come into this world with, and the only thing we take with us when we exit. Everything else is borrowed and returned. Love is the most powerful force we have. It has the power to heal, connect, and create. Love has no boundaries, or the need to judge anyone as “better than” or “less than.” I choose love. I encourage you to do the same.
I have lived in the space of freedom, respect, and equality for all. The place where who I am, and all that I offer is embraced and valued, equally to those around me. I have also experienced the absence. I believe that too often we limit ourselves. We limit our relationships. We limit our lives. We create artificial lines, labels, and lies. These boundaries keep us in a place of judgment and fear, and compel us to build a culture of “better than” and “less- than.” “Why not Level Set?” See each other as different, but equally magnificent. What will it take for you to Level Set?
I have learned that our humanity – the connection we have as human beings is the most powerful connection that we have. Too often though – we miss each other. We build walls around us to keep out the few – but lose the many. Is it judgment, fear, anger, and regret? Or is it the beliefs and biases we inherited from the narrative and culture that surrounds us? It’s time to focus on our shared bond of being human. What keeps us apart? Can you let “the other” in now?