I am sitting here, staring at my computer screen, debating writing this.
I’m wondering if I should bother with it because I’m not even sure this will make a difference in the world. But, I’ve decided to stop “should-ing” on myself and instead, follow my heart. Lately my heart has been pulling at me to do .... something. I've had no idea what, though. Well, I've thought of something. It's small, but it's something. A gesture, really. Something doable. Something to remind us of the heart of humanity.
In order to pull it off, I need help. Your help. I must admit, I feel a little timid asking.
A friend just sent me a text with a statement starting with, “Today is a power day, so let your power be fueled by your heart.” So, that’s what I’m going to do. I'm going to ask for your help and I'm going to trust that this CAN make a difference. Here goes …….
Here’s my request of you — it’s small, ready?
LET’S START A MOVEMENT! HASHTAG AND ALL …
Here’s my idea — it’s TRULY SIMPLE, ready?
Everything is impermanent. Chalk is a great example of impermanence, but wet chalk lasts waaaaay longer than dry. It takes time and sometimes harsh weather and/or a a powerful spray with the hose to remove it, and even then, some colors leave their mark a while longer. Get yourself some chalk, dip it in water, and let's color the world beautifully! Let's color the world with peace and love and loving kindness, with support and everything great. Chalk the heck out of your driveway, your sidewalk, your fence, your local parks, parking lots. Put messages of love on your neighbor’s doorstep!
Wherever you see blank space, fill it with color and hope!
Take pictures or videos of your chalk masterpieces.
Share them on social media using #wetchalkmovement so the world gets this message:
There is an imbalance of dark and bright, and we will no longer stand for it. We are tipping the scales back to brighter!
Enough, Hatred. There are many of us who work hard every day to banish you.
Enough, Ego. There are many of us who see you for what you truly are: SCARED.
Enough, Fear. We know YOU’RE AN ILLUSION and we refuse to give in to you.
Enough, Reactivity. We know how to stop you. We can breathe first, slow it all down, and then come together to share the hurt and pain and fear and anger that's causing all this upheaval and TRANSFORM it with support, love and understanding.
The world is such a beautiful place. Our children see it with their wide eyes, open minds and happy, trusting hearts. Let's color the world more beautifully today.
Here’s where this is all coming from — my heart, ready?
I’ve been at a loss.
I was talking with my husband, and he is overwhelmed and deeply concerned.
I’ve been talking with friends and family, and they’re so sad, so clueless as to what to do.
All this is in response to the violence that seems to be circling the globe at full throttle. We want it to stop. We want people who are hurting everywhere to know that there are people who feel solidarity with them, the same as them, empathetic, sympathetic and connected to them. Even though we’ve never met them, we are grateful for who they are because we know they are amazing and worthy of a happy, healthy life! We want a safe, lovely world for our children to enjoy and be able to live up to their potential.
After dropping my daughter off for a fun day at camp with her beloved writing teacher, I sat in my car this morning listening to NPR’s coverage of the bombings, shootings and anger of late. All I could think was how grateful I felt that we were off to the start of a normal Summer day filled with all things GOOD. I felt so fortunate! I was going to my safe, happy home to see my awesome, supportive husband and silly dog. While I listened, I began scrolling through my camera roll looking for anything uplifting I could post to my instagram account to allude to peace. Something. Anything. Anything remotely positive. I felt compelled to put something out into the world that brightens it. To be part of something better than hate or fear online. I don’t have some huge following or platform; I just wanted to share SOMETHING GOOD like the good I was experiencing today, while so many others are suffering.
As I scrolled, I came across a picture I took last week after a huge monsoon hit our desert. There’s a newness and a freshness in the desert unlike anywhere else after a big Summer rain and I wanted to try to capture it in photos. We keep this giant tray of sidewalk chalk outside — you know, to be ready at a moment’s notice when that yearning for sidewalk chalk drawing hits! I had taken a picture of it because it was totally soaked and the chalk looked super vivid. Several years ago my dear friend Rose (who is like a child whisperer) introduced me and my wee girl to WETTING OUR CHALK. It was a revelation! (LOL!!) The color is SO vibrant. Drawings made from wet chalk last and last. It goes on smoothly and consistently. Needless to say, we’ve come to prefer wet chalk over dry.
I sat looking at that photo and I wished I could recolor the entire world with wet chalk. Color over the chalk outlines of lives lost and bring them back to vibrancy. Color away the blood stains and the tears that have fallen to the ground like rain lately. I wished everybody could know the feelings of contentment and happiness I feel when I go outside with my little girl and adorn our street and yard with chalky color.
I thought, what if loads of people went outside to do something so silly as to chalk draw all at once? Wouldn’t that uplift the planet’s energy a little? What if everyone contemplated how lovely ALL the colors of the rainbow are — how they all come from so few base colors and only really work once blended TOGETHER? What if all the drawings people made were representations of happiness and love, connectedness and joy?
I admit, I’m naively optimistic at times. But … isn’t that ok? If there ever was a time to be hopeful, isn’t it now?? Don’t we maybe need to get back to our childlike way of being??? Connect to the part of ourselves that makes friends with others easily, shares our emotions freely and honestly, cares deeply about how our actions make others’ feel, and takes time out to be silly, happy and creative?
Then it hit me. I want to start a movement that inspires everyone to take some time with people they love to do something simple and childlike and happy-making. To talk about what’s good in the world — what works, what makes them happy! To have some of those harder talks with the kiddos about how peace and love are always the answer while relaxing into a zen activity so the words flow with ease. To send messages out into our real communities and cyber-space that say, “The world is still a beautiful place and there are plenty of us who send you love and joy! The darker a small fraction of us make it, the brighter the rest of us will color it.”
PLEASE JOIN ME AND MY FAMILY IN #wetchalkmovement.
We will be chalking up our neighborhood something fierce this weekend! I’ve even purchased a few buckets of sidewalk chalk from a discount store to leave around town with a note about … #wetchalkmovment!
And, if you wouldn’t mind, PLEASE SHARE this idea!! It's not much. But it's something. Something that could make all our lives a little brighter right away. Something that could wind up in the hands of someone feeling sad and brighten their life, even if only for a moment. Something that might remind someone who is feeling anguish and dispair that all is not lost, and that there is a reason for them to make a peaceful choice.
THANK YOU from the bottom of my hopelessly hopeful heart.
XO! Namast-YAY! Maggie, aka, Magareeshi