oops...it's not really a secret!
“The poet or the revolutionary is there to articulate the necessity, but until the people themselves apprehend it, nothing can happen … Perhaps it can’t be done without the poet, but it certainly can’t be done without the people. The poet and the people get on generally very badly, and yet they need each other. The poet knows it sooner than the people do. The people usually know it after the poet is dead; but that’s all right. The point is to get your work done, and your work is to change the world.” James Baldwin (1924-1987), American poet, playwright, novelist and social critic
I read this quote on The Bardo Group this week, and I had to stop and process it before I could move on.
I wish I were a poet. I like to think I have a poet's heart; but when the words come out, they're just plain old everyday sentences strung together. There's no beauty, no lyricism to my words. I read others' stories, and I hear everything that is lacking in my own. I find myself not wanting to put myself and what I have to say out there.
Then I read this quote. My job is to "articulate the necessity" for inclusion and justice and understanding in this world. As Baldwin says, people might not know the truth of what I'm saying until after I'm gone. My job is to put the truth before people, and that work will change the world.
Making room for everyone in the world to be who they are without apology and with all the love and support they need to function is the work of inclusion. Keep making room in your life for people who are different.