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Become the Storm



Your heart and the weather

have this in common.

They are both difficult to predict,

and cannot be controlled by anyone.

So when someone tries

to take control of what is yours,

remind them that

storms are controlled by no-one,

and then show them

how you are

so much more

than a storm


You carry both lightning and thunder

in that space between your bones and soul.

Become the storm you are hiding from;

a hurricane does not run from the rain.

p62 Your Soul is a River (2016) by Nikita Gill

Trump and Brexit are impending storms hanging over the horizon. They are going to hit and we need to prepare ourselves. Nikita Gill tells the reader to ‘show them how you are so much more than a storm’ and I can do this in small ways. I can become an activist in my family, in my neighbourhood and in my community and I invite you to join me. A very public thing that I can do is add my voice to the million women marching on Washington, around America and across the world on January the 21st - the day after Trump’s inauguration.

The web link is and it is a walk:

In the spirit of democracy and honoring the champions of human rights, dignity, and justice who have come before us, we join in diversity to show our presence in numbers too great to ignore. The Women’s March on Washington will send a bold message to our new administration on their first day in office, and to the world that women’s rights are human rights. We stand together, recognizing that defending the most marginalized among us is defending all of us.

It is a step towards becoming the storm I am hiding from. With very little effort I can choose to buy ethically made chemical free clothing and to eat organically. The next step is volunteering in my community - that takes a little more time. I am thinking about teaching a Pilates class for over 50’s in my local library..

Trump and Brexit have been a wake up call, awakening my own lightning and thunder. Because I don’t have confidence in government, I need to step up. I need to become a hurricane - one small gesture at a time, one day at a time.

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