I don’t have many memories from my childhood …but one that stands out for me is a memory from when I was about 9 or 10 years old and a cat was hit by a car in front of my house. Thankfully, I can’t remember every detail. But this is what I do remember…I remember seeing the cat in the road dragging her back legs behind her, circling and panting in the street. I remember many of our neighbors standing out in their front yards watching. I remember my moment of confusion as I tried to figure out how a person could hit and injure an animal and just keep driving and I remember wondering why no one was doing anything to help her. In that moment, it became very apparent that I had to do something because no one else was going to. I remember running from house to house trying to figure out if anyone knew who this cat belonged to…no one did… I remember devising a plan with my dad to take this helpless kitty in for veterinary attention. I remember picking this scared fur baby up out of the street and getting smeared with her blood. I remember trying to calm this precious girl while I held her in my lap. I remember arriving at the shelter where people told us they would do all they could to save her…
This morning, this story came to mind and as I have learned to do, I reflected on why. It became clear to me that the reason was my grief over America’s current state. America is the cat dragging her back half behind her and I want/need to do all that I can to lend a hand. America is in disrepair and I won’t take a bystander’s role. I can’t sit idly by and wait for someone else to take charge or speak up. I can’t sit around thinking it’s not my problem…it doesn’t affect me. What affects one affects ALL! I truly believe that’s why Trump is in office. There is always a reason for everything and Trump taking office is our wake-up call. He is serving as our catalyst for change. His role? To steer us away from our state of inaction and complacency. We have to get involved and fight like hell for all that we hold dear in our hearts. Nothing will improve, nothing will change if we stand by and wait for someone else to take the initiative!
Lisa is a teacher, mother, yogi, lover of life, and collector of experiences. Her motto: Life is what you make of it. So, do what you love and enjoy every minute! She’s on a journey of self-discovery and believes it’s important to write and share her story as a way of healing herself and others.