Saturday, October 10, 2009

work to do


No one has a right to sit down and feel hopeless. There's too much work to do.

~ Dorothy Day ~
The Catholic Worker

Today...the work is painting.

Yesterday, a neighbor surprised me by being verbally (racially) violent with a young man of color going door-to-door for his work in our neighborhood. We heard. We went outside. SO walked up to and talked with the young man as the neighbor went in his house. SO told the young man that he won by not resorting to violence. And he did.

Yesterday, the work was walking outside and showing up to stand for and with the young man.

I am sad and shaken...but not hopeless, for there is work to be done.