1.to withstand, strive against, or oppose:
2. to withstand the action or effect of:
3.to refrain or abstain from, especially with difficulty or reluctance:
4. to make a stand or make efforts in opposition; act in opposition; offer resistance.
5. a substance that prevents or inhibits some effect from taking place
History is the oldest form of storytelling. What is more perfect than a story that every once can agree on especially if told by the winner? There are things that are happening now that it would be horror not to report or record. There are things that are happening that I cannot ignore…and refuse to become complicit to. #RESIST
I know that’s a catch phrase now, but that indeed is what I do.
I question. I re-ask. I critically think. I act.
The fact that I exist and intersect in that existence, is in itself, resistance.
This resistance, this activism, this work, indeed is important. It’s important because it’s ongoing. It is ever-present and is daunting, and without some type of support group or coping skills, will incinerate your compassion and sense of self. It will encompass all that you believe you can achieve within it.
Every day, I make a conscious choice to make a difference, as cliche as that is, everyday. I decided that whether it be through motherhood, ministry or general humanity, to be a voice, equipped to be the hands and feet of those that no longer can use them or require strength to be carried. That strength is beyond a hashtags, tee shirts and photo ops. It is beyond safety pins, and Twitter rants, and even blog posts.
It is the element, this #RESIST nature, that compels us to act beyond words. It puts heat to them, feet to them, fire to them, and from that, this irrepressible need and press towards change. Towards the stoppage of all things seen to obstruct the basic nature of what it is to be alive.
It is from that place, that power, that forms this #RESISTANCE. This indignation that pushes to act instead of lulls to sleep. My husband, a United Methodist minister by trade, and training, gave this quote, that reminds me the importance of not just feeling but doing:
“Your compassion should compel you to action.”
(Pastor Phillip A. Harris, Lead Pastor of Spirit Of Life Church-Ferguson, MO (2016))
It was compassion, this compassion, which is a component of my faith–a tenet of it—that is the reminder that I am an agent of change. I am sentient, I am capable, and I am more than that–available and responsible. Alice Walker is quoted to have said, “Activism is the rent I pay for living on this planet.” I believe it is more than that.
Activism is faith activated.
My activism is rooted in the ability to see the better the worst according to (Hebrews 11:1), and not be afraid to be dirty in fixing it. Not being afraid of nay-sayers, and the complacent and the complicit.
My activism is based in the hope that if I can’t see the sun just yet on the matter, I’ll bust a hole in the wall so big it’ll be a window.
*”If you can’t get in the front door, try the back. If the back door is locked, buss a window and jump in.”
*-This quote is from my father, Dr. Richard L. Bush (1948-1998). This is what he told us to remind us never to give up: it’s always a way to do something. Thank you, Daddy.