That's what I ask myself all the time.
WHY should I get off the couch, when my heart feels like a canon ball and my limbs feel like deadweight?
WHY leave my house when people are getting killed, or raped?
WHY bother to open my heart when it is inevitably going to be chewed up, spit out and stomped on?
WHY have we as humans in a modern world still be so able to hurt and traumatize one another?
In my eyes there is not enough room in this world for all the broken hearts that beat inside people's chests. And so we pass on our pain to share the brokenness.
There is so much fear, of ourselves, of one another that the world continues to spin with daily hate crimes, violence and lack of humanity.
In my eyes, there is only so much each of us can do, and are we doing enough?
Is being an ally enough?
Is voting enough?
Is protesting enough?
Is writing our senators enough?
Is organizing community enough?
Is any of it enough?
The answer is no. None of that is enough. There will never be enough time in the day or energy humanly possible to solve all the hurt in the world at once.
But the difference between those actions being enough versus our beings being enough is that,
WE ARE ENOUGH
I AM ENOUGH
YOU ARE ENOUGH
If those words don't ring true when you say them, this is where you start. This is the beginning of the process.
The more of you can feel in your bones that "I AM ENOUGH" the more people you can love, support and give to.
Your enough-ness, will comfort them and show them it is possible to also feel that way too. Your enough-ness will help you realize when someone else is suffering. Your enough-ness will help you realize that someone may not respond to you, or do what you want them to do in the way you want them to do, but it is not about you. Your enough-ness lets others be enough.
If we had a world of people that could say "I AM ENOUGH" and feel it in their bones there would be a lot less rage, violence and trauma.
When we have a world of people that can say "I AM ENOUGH" we get to say ENOUGH to gun violence, homophobia, racism, bigotry.
Until then, there will continue to be hate, violence and outbreaks.
Until then, I will be here, reminding myself everyday that "I AM ENOUGH" and sharing that with you too, "YOU ARE ENOUGH"