“The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference.” -Elie Wiesel
As you know, I’m in the baby business. I am fortunate enough to support families as they welcome their precious new little ones into the world. I love what I do. I love seeing families grow. I love seeing women (and men) find their voices during birth and in parenthood.
And you know what, I’m scared.
I’m scared of what I see happening in towns across America day after day. I’m scared of the world these innocent babies are being brought into. And most of all I’m scared of what their lives will be like in 5, 10, 20 years if things don’t begin to change.
This very moment is the time that we, every single one of us, have a choice to either make life better for these babies or do nothing and make it worse. Because that’s what will happen if we do nothing. Things will inevitably get worse. I don’t know about you, but I refuse to let that happen.
I refuse to let my white privilege blind me to the race division in this country.
I refuse to believe that there aren’t just, honorable people in law enforcement.
I refuse to let violence be the answer.
I refuse to let hate win.
I refuse to believe that things can’t or won’t change.
I refuse to be indifferent.
I refuse to be silent.
I don’t have answers or eloquent words or advice, but I do have a voice. A voice that hopes beyond hope that other voices will speak out with me. Voices that will speak out against the violence and hate and division that continue each day. Voices the will speak out for love and acceptance and unity. Voices that will speak peace and grace and life into everyone around them.
We have a beautiful opportunity right now and I won’t let my fear stop me from being the change that I wish to see.