My bad feet survived.
My spirit soared.
It was thrilling to gather on the Mall, looking at our Capitol, surrounded by a vast sea of humanity of every age, color, and description. I was filled with gratitude for our country which allows and guarantees the right to peaceful assembly.
The March was peaceful and it was powerful.
I never got close to the stage. I couldn’t hear any of the speakers. But I didn’t need inspirational speeches to tell me about the need. I could hear that in the voices of those who surrounded me. Men and women, gay, straight, and trans.
Young and old.
Experienced marchers and novices.
All joined together to sing and chant their belief that all people are created equal and deserve to be treated with dignity.
I read their message in their signs – some poignant, some angry, many humorous – but all advocating human rights for all of God’s people.
What was the point? The point was to stand together.
These days it is possible to communicate and cooperate across the globe on-line and through social media. But sometimes we need to get out of our homes – and our comfort zones – and come together.
Sometimes we need to stand shoulder to shoulder, side by side, with one another.
I came back inspired and energized.
I came back realizing I am not alone in my concern about healthcare, the environment, the LGBT community, immigrants, and people of color.
I came back wanting to help save our planet from thoughtless abuse.
I came back determined to work hard on behalf of those who have no voice or are afraid.
I came back encouraged.
I won’t give up.
And when I need to, I will march again.
5 thoughts on “The March – my experience”
How wonderful that you were at the heart of the marches, and that you came back encouraged. But I do feel like this will have to be an ongoing effort. Thank you for marching and for listening. In spite of 12 degree temperature and blizzard conditions, nearly 4,000 people convened on the park strip in Anchorage, Alaska to be a part of the worldwide moment. I felt so fortunate to be able to join in.
How inspiring to know you are marching in Alaska! It is good to know that people across the globe were united in spirit. And yes – this does need to be an ongoing effort. Our work has only just begun.
Thank you for your witness! It is giving me courage to do what I can.
Thanks Charlie! I was inspired by so many people – and now we can all work together.
Lovely reflection! I especially liked the thought that if you get discouraged, you’ll march again.