Never Give Up!

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Sometimes,

it just seems too hard.

Too much.

Too sad.

Too overwhelming.

Sometimes,

I get so angry

I’m surprised I don’t burst into flames.

Sometimes,

I get so sad

I’m sure my battered old heart will shatter.

Sometimes,

I feel so hopeless

I just want to give up.

I mean it.

Just give up.

But mostly,

I’m just deeply,

deeply

disappointed.

In my country.

In our leaders.

In all of us.

But I see this

as our clarion call…

we either wake up

or we die

(taking

our beautiful,

bountiful,

forgiving universe

down with us!)

I choose to wake up!

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I’m made of sturdy stock.

Irish & Swede.

Poor but proud.

Tain’t ever been easy for my kind…

but we don’t go down easy.

We stand our ground,

we speak up,

we strike,

we march,

we show up,

we lend a hand,

we share a meal,

we care.

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I have had a wonderful, difficult, challenging life.

I have lots of good reasons

to sit this one out…

my husband has terminal cancer,

I have Lyme Disease

and last year at this time

I had a heart attack.

I am weary,

my bones ache,

my nerves twitch,

my gait falters a wee bit…

but I’m IN IT

and I’m gonna stay

IN IT…

even as my mind unspools

and my heart stutters to a stop.

I will NOT give up.

Ever.

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I am determined. I am focused. I am woman. I will persist.

How about you?

Can I count on you?

This image from Dorothea Lange, 

from the dust bowl era, has haunted me all my life.

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It inspired me to want to help co-create a world

where hunger and fear, war and hatred,

no longer existed.

I’ve worked all my life to help build that world.

It was good work. Solid work. Meaningful work.

It was work that mattered and made a difference.

I’m still at that work 50-plus years after I started.

This is no time to

give up.

Our world has gone mad…

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it is a world bathed in blood,

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a world where children are not safe,

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a world where hatred abounds,

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a world where Mother Earth

has to rage and spew,

shake and rumble,

flood and catch fire

to  humble us

and remind us who’s REALLY in charge!

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We are in the eye of a cataclysmic soul storm.

It is our time.

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Step up.

Speak out.

Stand strong.

We are the Earth Healers, the Soul Menders,

the wild, beating heart of Hope.

It is our time…

rise up

time to figure out what we stand for…

what we’re made of,

how we can best use

our gifts, our graces, and our fierce gentleness.

It is time for us to tighten our tribe,

batten down the hatches,

buckle up,

and unleash our wild woman powers.

This is my plan…

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What’s yours?

Let’s compare notes, make plans, build bridges not walls, and open the borders of our minds and hearts.

Let’s keep at the good work of peace, equality, compassion, and civility.

Don’t stop now.

Don’t lose heart.

No rest for the weary.

The world is counting on us!

Stand up! Speak out!

Reach deep and keep on being wild and wise and willing to hold up your corner of the universe with unflinching love and unwavering commitment.

Take my hand, hold up this banner, lift your eyes, begin to sing in a strong and loud and uncompromising voice…

“WE shall overcome, we SHALL overcome, We shall OVERCOME!”

and sing it until it is true!

I am sending you love and strength and HOPE!

Kaitlin

P. S.

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© Copyright, Kaitlin Meadows, 2017. All Rights Reserved.

 

 

 

10 comments on “Never Give Up!

  1. Dearest Kaitlin

    Your message is so strong and inspirational, I am forwarding this to my other “conscious” female friends. luv Lolo

  2. HI Kaitlin,

    Keeping you in my thoughts and heart during these trying times in your life and worldwide. As always, your words speak to the soul and inspiring to keep moving forward the through the good, bad an ugly muck of life. Please do not think I am ” abandoning” the Random Acts of Art group, just have had schedule conflicts ( including tomorrow – spool art). I will look forward and plan on being there next month. Hope to stop by Saturday to celebrate the birthdays of Virgo soul sisters. If I do not see you then, sending birthday wishes your way of peaceful moments, love, gratitude and hugs…

    Nancy

  3. Hi Kaitlin…well, I’m reading between the lines but something got you all fired up and I suspect things with your Rwandan family did not go well. I hope I am wrong or that it is ironed out by now or soon will be. The whole thing is just insane. If they are going to pick someone up, not saying they should, but if they are going to, then they need to keep the whole family together. This shit of picking up an adult and leaving young kids stranded is simply beyond comprehension. I am glad those folks are hip to all the tricks and there’s a strong community to support one another when this happens but Daaaamn!

    Hope Albert is hanging tough and remains relatively stable with the new routine. Was so thrilled to hear the good report on Saturday.

    Sending love and blessings your way. Hope there are helpers around to help you take care of all you juggle on a daily basis. Remember to let us have the pleasure of lending a hand! HUGS!!! Kim

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    • O Dear Kim–our special refugee family has been in such fear and torment but we are working like crazy to ease their suffering and surround them with our love and caring. Thanks for all you do to boost and support the Cottage’s efforts to be the beacon of compassion it is. Your spirit adds such power to our mission. Pop by on Saturday at noon for our Virgo party if you can. Love, Laughter, and Light! Kait

  4. Very moving and powerful! We cant give up for the children.
    I say the serenity prayer but I like the new way to say it.
    The picture of the starving mother and her child and your comment of you think you have it bad is so true.
    love, Audrey

    • O dear Audrey–your work with children, your long years as a nurse, your commitment to your community!–you are a vital, vibrant member of the Cottage tribe of compassion & caring and I thank you so much for being who you are! Love from Kait

  5. To my darling Kaitlin!

    Brava! Brava! Brava!

    Thank you for your courage, your heart, your mind, your body, everything about you.

    I miss you terribly.

    So much to share and no one to share with. The leaves are dropping: Harbingers of the long closing-in of extreme winter. Have so much soul work to do in my little artist’s cave, if I can stay warm enough down there.

    Spent the summer vegetable gardening and canning and freezing the bounty. My delight was reading Renate Craine’s book on Hildegard of Bingen and the Spirit of the Cosmic Christ AND a novel by Mary Sharratt on Hildegard called Illuminations. My winter will consist of meditation and work on Viriditas, the fecund greening of my soul through my work, whatever my work is. As Lama Gelek says, “We live in the mandala!” Speaking of which, Curt and I leave tonight for 10 days in Nelson, BC for our September retreat. Curt really NEEDS it; I’ll just be happy to be there.

    I have not written sooner, Kait, because my heart was so sore. I knew you were doing everything you possibly could to stay strong in your beauty for Albert and yourself. All I could do was hold the edge firm while you two labored in the center. Please know that my silence is not rejection or forgetting, but an inner shouting, no screaming, out in love for you two. I will continue holding the circle for you however long it takes for you to do the painful work you are doing. I know you know I love you.

    I’m also sending love to Anne, Marnie, and all the other Bodhi-sisters in our group.

    Nancy G

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    • Greetings dear Nancy. We miss you and are always sending love out your way! We loved pictures of your garden and trees and GREEN and hope the transition to your new home has gone well and you are settling happily into your new nest. Thanks for clearing some healing space in the light for Albert and me…each day a new challenge and a new opportunity to deepen our love. Blessings to you dear Nancy!

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