I've been reflecting recently about the privilege of sitting at the feet of people who have lived substantially more years and experienced vastly different lives than myself. I experienced it on a personal level with a client recently. Then, tonight, it was an unimaginable honor to just be in the same room as #DianeNash .
I'll be honest I knew little of her before tonight. But, it took only a few minutes for her to captivate this room full of people, myself included. Ms Nash recounted stories of her firsthand efforts standing up against segregation in the South in the 60's . She spoke of choosing "agapic energy" (aka power produced by love of humankind) as her tool to fight oppression, instead of violent energy.
With so many nuggets of wisdom to glean from this time and this heroic woman, one that stuck with me most relates to one of the driving forces for her and her friends at that time. She talked about making decisions from a frame of mind for how their actions would impact generation after generation to follow. Overflowing with love in her voice, she spoke directly to the crowd "Though we had not yet met you, we loved you." I hope I walk away from this night challenged by her grace, strength, courage, and unwillingness to be okay with oppressive systems of the time, with my eyes and heart open to how I can use agapic energy to fight oppression. But, if I can begin making decisions with the thought of care and love for people and generations I may never see, that would be enough.
#freedomriders #studentnonviolentcoordinatingcommittee #alabamavotingrightsproject #learningfromourelders