HandsandHeartTo everyone who is heartbroken, tired, sick, worried: you’re not crazy. You’re persevering remarkably. The systems of our juggernaut world are cruel, crushing, and insane. You’ve been strong. You’ve been courageous, whether you’ve been protesting on the front lines or managing to stay alive one more day through intense pain.

And you’re loved.

From one human heart to another . . . you are loved. I know this world can hurt. We, as humans, were not made to live like this. We were designed by laughter, love, connection, collaboration, cooperation, caring, nurturing. We were crafted by creativity, ingenuity, and healing. We are hardwired for empathy and compassion. We were born with our human hearts falling in love with this amazing world. And we are here to “awaken from the delusion of our separateness” to quote Thich Nhat Hanh.

Our systems need unraveling and rapid transformation. It’s big and scary . . . but you know what’s more frightening? Continuing the way we’re going: hurting one another, waging war, accepting poverty, tolerating racism, mistreating women and children, letting our fellow citizens writhe in pain unable to access healthcare, shaming and shunning our neighbors without homes, destroying our beloved planet, and living in fear and distrust of one another.

We can do better than this. And, by all that’s holy – and the strength and perseverance shown by each person alive today – I know we can do it. Through daily actions, nonviolent movements for change, determined community building, participation in new systems, and ferocious, beautiful love, I know we can transform our world. I’m already seeing it happen.

The quote on this image is from my novel, The Dandelion Insurrection. You can find it here.


ARivera New Hatuthor/Activist Rivera Sun, syndicated by PeaceVoice, is the author of The Dandelion Insurrection, Billionaire Buddha and Steam Drills, Treadmills, and Shooting Stars, the cohost of Love (and Revolution) Radio, and the cofounder of the Love-In-Action Network. She is a trainer and social media coordinator for Campaign Nonviolence and Pace e Bene. Sun attended the James Lawson Institute on Strategic Nonviolent Resistance in 2014 and her essays on social justice movements appear in Truthout and Popular Resistance. www.riverasun.com