The last of the summer flowers are hanging in there, in spite of colder nights and mornings. The dahlia leaves are turning dark. They keep blooming, and then soon the cold will end this phase of their lives. They’ll be back again.

Where are you finding inspiration today? I continue to be very discouraged, and rather than stay stuck, I’ve been concentrating on what brings me back to hope. This includes: walking in the early morning, working in the garden, and making art. This morning I remembered MUSIC! I’m listening to the Texas Organizing Project’s playlist, Songs of Hope, Healing, & Happiness— everything from Bill Withers, Bob Marley, Ray Charles to Simon and Garfunkel.

Last weekend I went to Jim Monson’s memorial service; an inspiring tribute to an extraordinary man. And there in the program were these words by Reinhold Niebuhr: “Nothing that is worth doing can be achieved in our lifetime, therefore we must be saved by hope. Nothing which is true or beautiful or good makes complete sense in any immediate context of history, therefore we must be saved by faith. Nothing we do, however virtuous, can be accomplished alone; therefore we are saved by love.” I keep returning to these words, and find they really take me out of my limited vision of my individual life.

The last of the summer flowers

I’m continuing to host and train people for phone banks with the Center for Common Ground. We’re calling voters of color in Virginia, urging them to vote in their state elections. We must act quickly to stop a Trump Republican takeover of the Governor’s office, and the State Legislature. Join me this Tuesday, 2-3:30. RSVP to whitman.carol@gmail.com and I’ll send you the zoom link. You can do it from wherever you live, and once you’re trained you can do it on your own.

Where are you finding inspiration today?

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