You are light. You are stardust. You are the content of cosmos, and the heartbeat of choice. Choose. You are multitudes. You are prolific creators of; music, math, literature, law, film, art, science, technology, and community. Create.

Build. Cultivate. Bridge Protect.  Nurture.  Include. Reach. Love.

But I ask this of your creation, this difficult weighty request…

For the next four years, do all this not for yourself – do it for the person on your right, on your left, and at your back.

I beg us to consider that what we build, cultivate, bridge, protect, nurture, include, reach, and love is for others. For those who are undermined, under-served, under-represented, unseen, unheard, and in the most need.

We have been frightened for the last year of elections. Barking and nipping at everything that terrifies or threatens our ability as a society to evolve and fuse into a deeper sense of humanity.

The fear is over – it’s already become.

Now I ask, as well as pledge, that we stop fearing for ourselves, our rights, our ways… and start fighting, protecting and building for the person next to you. I will support my neighbors’ rights and needs. I will create for them, cultivate for them, build for them. I will innovate to support my community, and my people.  I hope through the spirit of community, they will build for me as well.

And in that, if we are all creating for each other and not for ourselves – what we produce will be a wonder of equality and fairness, because we are working outward, knitting together.

Put thunder in your voice for justice.

Put steel in your spine for courage.

Put roses on your lips for compassionate honesty.

Put light in your ears for truth, and only truth.

Put beauty in your heart toward your neighbor.

You are light. You are stardust. You are the content of cosmos, and the heartbeat of choice. Choose. You are multitudes. You are prolific creators of; music, math, literature, law, film, art, science, technology, and community. Create.