I’m still fighting my way through this downswing, though a restful weekend certainly helped. A friend brought food and comfort over on Friday night, and she leached some of the leftover anguish from the Rise Up concert from my heart. And though the storm goes on, I stand a little stronger against it today.
There are storms in every corner of the world, and in every corner of every human heart — no one is unique in that way. And, like I said last week, because pain is relative, one person cannot necessarily say or know that another’s storm is easier or gentler than their own. Some storms are outside us, a society which is cruel or biased or unjust. Some are inside, like my downswing or the damage done to someone by another. Some are both, a cycle of judgement by the world which reinforces and strengthens the ice daggers within.
We all fight battles, big and small. Some stand on a national stage and fight for their people against an oppressive power. Some crouch in a darkened room and fight despair inside. Some do both, sometimes all at once.
But it all stems from the same choice, the same decision —
“I can and will fight. I can and will a warrior be. It is my nature and my duty.”
The TCWC’s Encore does a version of this song which…well. Make sure you hear it sometime when we perform, and we will blow you away. It’s very, very much worth it. Sarah and I also performed it at CONvergence last year with the help of a friend. Hopefully I’ll get our version on YouTube soon.
This week, I give you this song. For whatever storm you are battling. For whatever darkness seems too deep. For whatever fatigue beats you down. For whatever surrender seems too easy.
Don’t give in.
We are all fierce warriors. In the world, in ourselves, for causes great and greater, because no cause worth fighting for could ever be small.
It is the humanity in us all.