All of a sudden - overnight, in an instant, day by day, we changed.
The pandemic hit and we have mobilized. We are shifting some rules of the game, cutting some of the strings attached, entertaining ideas about how to respond to the current crisis that were once considered too radical/off the table/not possible. We talk of connection, mindfulness, of healing, of inequity and systems. And we keep saying... "all of a sudden".
It wasn't all of a sudden. These ideas, this conversation about making change was seeded long before this moment.
Our ancestors, those we know by name and those we don't. The abolitionists, freedom fighters, civil rights leaders, farm workers, water protectors, elders, human rights activists, feminists, queer liberators, Panthers, youth truth tellers, eco-activists... they have spoken of this long before this moment.
They taught us that we can indeed see the world differently. That there is more than one way to do life. That if we look deeply at the human first, a new path forward can emerge.
It has not been all of a sudden.
It has been the work of love over generations. They taught us that we can do this.