Some events blow into storms and sweep into our consciousness without warning and with such sound and fury that all we want to do is dive for cover under the kitchen table.
These events may be political, or they may be social. Sometimes, the events in question are local. This doesn’t diminish their urgency when they happen, nor does it diminish the fact that too many times we feel powerless in their wake.
I’m the first to admit that I don’t have the answers. One thing that I do have, though, is perspective.
There are many things that need fixing. There are many injustices that need to be righted. There are many scorched souls that need to be salved.
How we go about tackling these things speaks not only about us, but also the causes we care about. We all want to speak truth to power, but let’s do it in a way that builds something better, not destroys what we have.
Since I want to end this message on a light-hearted note, I selected an angel to send your way. I have a lot of them about. It’s one of the perks of being a Creator. This angel represents peace. Think of them* when you want to slug someone over the archaic views they may hold. After all, we all have a choice—use a hammer to destroy or use a hammer to build.
I choose to build.
I choose peace.
—Jellybean Reds, Creator of Little Creatures
*Since my angels (and other creatures) are created without an official gender identity attached to them, I tend to use the pronoun “they” when referring to them despite their outward appearances.