Tending to the Work of Love

May 10, 2019
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Tending to the Work of Love

Despite the pollen, I love spring. Our house sits on a very small yard with little grass. The rock-lined paths and mulched areas are overtaken with weeds, sprouting acorns, and creeping vines.

Today I decided to pull up what I can, and to not overdo. Patience: this work will take a while.

I couldn’t help but think about the less glamorous tasks of gardening as metaphor to doing the work of love. Sounds strange: the work of love. Yet, love is work. Whether for a person or a group of people whose inequitable rights and welfare stir you to plant some seeds of action.

If you’re new to social justice work, welcome! If you’re thinking about it, I hope this is helpful:

  1. Expect to pull a lot of weeds and enjoy whatever’s blooming (or budding) in the present moment. I’m involved in two small non-profits; weeds of resistance (community voices are sometimes opposed to the work we do) but also weeds of disorganization—and sometimes contention—within. Take time to celebrate what YOU are giving and the small wins of your collective.

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