Will The Real American Idols Please Stand Up
It's our time. Though it may seem hard to discern through the economic debris that is still falling, that so many of us are picking through the pieces of, this is our time. For far too long we have labored for justice and lurched towards change with far too little resources, too little cohesion, too few wins too far, and few between. But labor we had to—making do with what we had, holding it together best we could, savoring the wins and weathering the losses—thus lurch we did and change we made. A Black Organizer is in the White House. Justice is getting off the bench and in the Game. It's our time.
The era of the lowly grunt that toils for justice being the under-appreciated, underpaid underdog is officially overrated. We are now the wunderkinder that can capture the imagination of our nation with our unwavering commitment to Hope, resounding call for Freedom, and heart-stopping effort to reveal Truth, Justice, and a truly New American Way. It's Easy as ABC: rooted by Awareness, grounded in Balance, acting from Center. We, the willing practitioners of transformative social change, are the only ones who can shift the current paradigm. We are the moral & inspirational frontline of America.
Like no other movement before us, we span the globe, defy description, and transcend all boundaries: some of us wealthy in cash, some in culture, we are cross-class and transgendered, Caucasian and Cablinasian, neo-social and hyper-spiritual, we bow at the altar of Authenticity. Our movement has been moved by door-knockers and dreamers, academics and activists, poets and pundits, writers and rappers, EDs and PhDs: we are all One. We've been a Tribe with a Quest to self-liberate even the antidote of what ails us because complete freedom is the only freedom that matters. It's our time. Auditions are over.
We're front and center stage. We must stand up and stand out. We need to take our rightful place as the Real American Idols: the exemplars of excellence that know there is no justice if justice isn't for all. We'll create a Mad World in which Adam can take home the prize AND Steve for a Union in any State of his choosing because there's a Whole Lotta Love and this town is big enough for all of it. Our children will want to grow up to be aligned agents of change, not morally bankrupt bankers, broken-down mortgage brokers or exposed wizards of Wall Street caught with their hands on the levers of peoples' lives. While they all lined their pockets with peoples' pain, We lay the path for possibility and prosperity. We... are...the...champions. It is our time. We'll lift every voice to sing. We'll dance with the whole body, mind, and spirit. We'll shine from the inside, radiating self-awareness, self-care, and self-love.
The crowds will go wild. Sitting on the edges of their seats, they'll cheer us on, spellbound by the marriage of head and heart, fierce commitment to humanity, and strength of humility that wins where it matters, even when the scoreboard says otherwise. They'll tweet, Twitter, Digg, fan, and follow the triple-threat talent that steals the show every time: — Our courage to take on Responsibility for the work that needs to be done. — Our conviction to be Accountable to our co-workers, communities, and most of all, ourselves. — Our clarity of Purpose is the container of our intention and the vision for our success. This Radical Relationship to self, other and the Mother is ecological, evolutionary, and embodied. This is our time. Well-coiffed and, dare I say, well-dressed, we ARE the bling, we are the Rock Stars, the Sexy Mothers, and Mutha...(you get the drift), and Mike wants to be like Us.
When the viewer's telly and the texts are tallied, we'll be judged by true measures of greatness: how skillfully we exhibit grace under pressure, wield power with precision and receive feedback—even when it seems negative and harsh—with aplomb. Simon says: take what's yours and release the rest. And when the small wins elude us (as they will) we'll flash our pearly whites and see the opportunity to learn from our missteps, sharpen our skill and deepen our practice. We'll accept defeat gracefully as we prepare for the next round with abiding love in our hearts, joy in our spirits, compassion for others, and equanimity in the face of it all.
Because we know that when met in this way, two steps back can propel us a giant leap forward. We know Victory is ours because justice has ALWAYS been on our side, and now, finally, we need only make it so for now, now now... NOW is our time.
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one gypsy says
.and yet,we have vowed to wait till the last banker closes shop, and no more “baby” Docs will want to imitate their fathers……till the day that the white house will be painted sienna earth and the native music will overpower the Rock stars: televisions will be silent, the propaganda of the mother-rapists will be dead. then, finally, our arrogance will be replaced by compassion.