When I dare to be powerful - to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.
Sawbonna's invitation to justice as a lived and living experience is echoed in Audre Lorde's inspiring words in the quotation which begins today's blog. Each and every day we negotiate the terrain that is Sawbonna's and Restorative Justice's simple languaging: respect, responsibility, relationship, and wonder, contextualized in the frame of seeing and being seen. Sawbonna! I see you! What a rich place from which to begin to engage in all manner of conversation for voicing out our vision. And to voice out vision asks for strength. Strength to trust what it is that we are compelled, if called, to do in order to live out our meaning-making and to dance with our meaning-taking. No matter if the dance is sweet, sensual samba or volcanic, chaotic capoeira. We dance. We dance for we choose to train our muscles, both literal and figurative. We dance with possibility. We dance with joy. We dance with shame. We dance with anguish. We dance with surrender. We dance with words. Re-wording how it is we answer what justice means; justice which insists that we engage exactly where our feet are planted. Present. Presence. Now. Dancing in the now of becoming aware that strength in service of our vision tempers, if eradicates, fear.