Although Thanksgiving is one of my favorite days of the year, I’m working particularly hard this go-around to cling to the sentiments it embodies, even after it’s passed. Despite all of the pain and hate in the world, there is much to be thankful for, especially the collective concern building to work for positive change. There are many ways to go about this: volunteering, donating, activism, education, etc. For me the best way is to write. As Nobel winner Toni Morrison put it:
“This is precisely the time when artists go to work. There is no time for despair, no place for self-pity, no need for silence, no room for fear. We speak, we write, we do language. That is how civilizations heal.
“I know the world is bruised and bleeding, and though it is important not to ignore its pain, it is also critical to refuse to succumb to its malevolence. Like failure, chaos contains information that can lead to knowledge — even wisdom. Like art.”
Write on . . .