The prospect of doing something that scares me usually sends me to some version of sticking my fingers in my ears and repeating "la la la la la la" until the urge to do the scary thing recedes. But when I look at the moments I'm proudest of, fear is what they all have in common.
The world needs so much right now, but it all comes down to whether our hearts are open — to love someone we’ve learned to demonize, to feel our connection to the earth, to risk seeing our fates as intertwined. Hearts respond only to other hearts. The only power we have to engender love is our own love. If we thought we could hold ourselves safely apart while working for social change, we were mistaken. The best of what we have to give is right here, waiting for our courage to claim it.