This afternoon I rode on the bus with Rosa Parks in 1955, with Hugh Hollowell as the bus driver and David LaMotte as our time machine travel director.
He guided us back to the year in which Ms. Parks stayed in her seat, dispelling myths and helping us to think about what it must have been like–as the ones at the front of the bus and the back.
He shared with us about hero versus movement narrative. While Ms. Parks has been labelled a hero, this protest was a part of a movement–a community of people who set about to make change with their actions–together.
As we sat there, and Hugh took the money from the “folks” boarding the bus, the scenario played out.
And then David asked the question, “What bus are you on?”
And we sat.
Not the most comfortable few minutes of my life by any means.
What bus am I on? What in this world troubles me? Makes my heart ache?
What injustice do I feel so strongly about that I’m willing to take a stand? (Or a seat?)
I think perhaps the most grace-filled thing I heard today was it’s not about fixing the world or saving the world, it’s about changing the world.
And these two great thinkers and champions for peace shared the good news that changing the world can take place right here, in our own communities, in our own homes, in our own hearts.
You don’t have to get a passport and board a plane to change the world.
You can do it in your day to dailies.
They didn’t say this, but I daresay it’s not 100% what you are doing but in part, the attitude you have–the why and how you are doing it–that can make a huge difference in how you change the world.
So much yet to process and think about from the past two days of listening to and sharing stories with these two very smart, very kind, and very real people. But I couldn’t let the day go by without marking it and sharing with you all this very good news.
You are changing the world right now. In the choices you are making. In what you decide comes next. In your attitude and in your relationships. You are changing the world.
Go and be awesome today. Do something kind. That’s a beautiful start to changing this world for the better.
I have long admired, respected, and been inspired by the work, words, and writing of David LaMotte and Hugh Hollowell. I was fortunate enough to meet Mr. LaMotte last March. It has been a hope of mine that I would be able to meet Mr. Hollowell in person (in meat space) as well. Yesterday that wish came true. I have spent the past two days in great conversations and being inspired to be a better me by these two men who are constantly working on being “better” and living more intentionally.
To learn more about their stories, click here:
Facts about Rosa Parks and What Really Happened and also here (I recommend you research this for yourself and read more about it. Very different from the story we were told in school many years ago.)
Tonight I’m thankful for safe journeys, soul tanning, food for thought, and sharing stories.
Love to all.
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