DON’T BE REVERENT – BE RELEVANT – WELCOME TO 2017

JANUARY 21, 2017 – A MOMENT IN HISTORY:
When people ask about WOMENS MARCH ON WASHINGTON:
It’s Priorities: EVERYTHING.
Who was it for: EVERYONE.
One friend said they did not think it was organized:

HOW ABOUT THAT GLOBAL IMPACT!

The past month has been one of recovery and hope for healing – of mind and body. Thanks to my unfortunate fall, and first ever emergency ER visit, added to the sadness of my brothers illness and death, and the struggle recovering from our election results, I have been trying to determine what the rest of the year will ask of me – what challenges we will face helping create a new future that is on the design board. I do not know anyone who has an understanding of where our world is going, what we believe in or what we believe is our work forward.

I worry however, meetings and conferences with younger students, colleagues, and friends from around the world have helped to challenge my thinking, gives me ideas for how to help the younger generation to find new ways to help support their ambitions and goals rather than those from the past. A CHALLENGE FOR SURE!

I have spent years trying to get students to understand:
“IF YOU DON’T HAVE A SEAT AT THE DESIGN TABLE, U R TOO LATE.”

Now that it is quite clear that the leadership of the system I have believed in, worked in and hoped for is no longer working for most people, its up to the younger generation to fight to be heard about what they want and work to define a new global system that does work for all.

Many tease me about my long-term struggle with files and papers. I am nearing the end of my challenge to eliminate unknown files and unwanted things from my life. Making room for time, new ideas, prayers and of course continuing to design my “LIFE AS AN ADVENTURE”.

I am grateful for knowing so many courageous and committed women in my life and continuing to share stories from all ages. One of the most exciting new contributions toward building new voices about the values and perspectives of women was launched by 2 courageous and committed women journalists

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I am trying to refocus: more time for local volunteering, struggling with all the “on-line” technologies, thinking about new environments, adjusting to less multi-tasking, and learning to enjoy “JUST BEING”.

ESPECIALLY TO MY YOUNG FRIENDS who did not have access to Pres. Obama’s farewell address:

“Let me tell you, the generation coming up – unselfish altruistic, creative, patriotic – I’ve seen you in very corner of the country. You believe in a fair and just and inclusive America: you know that constant change has been America’s hallmark, that it’s now something to fear but something to embrace: you are willing to carry this hard work of democracy forward, You’ll soon outnumber any of us, and I believe as a result the future is in good hands.”

I BELIEVE TOO.

 

Michaela

7 comments on “DON’T BE REVERENT – BE RELEVANT – WELCOME TO 2017

  1. Scott Sklar on

    I attended the March and it was amazing that more people came than the Inauguration the day before.
    The signs and spirit were awesome. Always great when all types of people come together for a good cause.

  2. Mary Ellen Hoelscher Lawrence on

    I attended the Woman’s March in Denver, CO… 200,000 women of all ages with their children and grandchildren, spouses and male friends made an event that was inspiring and moving. We shall overcome this and be stronger for our efforts.

  3. susan winer on

    we are living in a complicated time in which history threatens to repeat itself because too many people in powerful positions don’t read…or believe…history. But u r right…there is a bright light; the many men, women of every age, and in particular, the younger men and women who have taken to the streets, to the internet, to be heard…to make sure the messages of hope and action are not drown out by misogynistic, narcissistic, ignorance. For those of us who have marched in Washington, in New York, in Chicago (more than 250,000 of us) over the years. who have stood outside Planned Parenthood Centers to protect the innocent, and helped to shape to new visions in the past…for all of us…for all of you…the future has an awful lot to offer. but we have to keep talking, keep walking, keep encouraging one and other and being their together. It’s work, but the most important work in this country today. Welcome to the 21st Century movement for peace, freedom and the American Way! Glad I’m sharing it with you.

  4. Mary Shepard Phillips on

    Thank you for your continuing good work and especially for encouraging the young. We marched in Oakland with 100,000 and it was joyous and
    inspiring and heartfelt!

  5. Christine Bindert on

    Wishing you a 100% recovery, stay strong in body and mind.. a model to all of us! Much love Christine

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