I promise to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.
I promise to speak up, even when it’s hard.
I promise to say no when I mean no, and yes when I mean yes.
I promise not to let fear get the best of me, or bring out the worst of me.
I promise to be generous and generative.
I promise to leave this earth giving more than I got.
I promise to be kind to my body and honor my femininity.
I promise to express creatively, sensually, passionately, fiercely at all times, in all places.
I promise not to take anymore shit.
I promise not to dish out anymore shit.
I promise that when society’s moral compass is skewed and lost, I will ground even more deeply in universal principles of respect, kindness, and integrity.
I promise that when a president mocks a sexual assault victim out of ignorance and not understanding mechanics of memory storage, and that it is reasonable and expected that extraneous memories from a traumatic event dissipate with time but what will never fade-- for the over 18 million women who have been sexually assaulted in the United States of America over the past 20 yrs-- is the whites of a man’s eyes as he attacks.
I promise to always raise my hand and my voice in the face of injustice.
And when I stumble and fall back into old societally enculturated ways of being, and smile politely in the face of that which is intolerable,
Or stay silent because no matter how many self-help books I read or write, I still care what other people think,
Or when I let my mind seize my body with fear and anxiety,
When I build a wall around my curves and my heart hoping it will keep me safe,
When I say no but mean yes, or yes when I mean no
When I feel I don’t have the courage, time, energy, resources or expertise that this moment demands,
I promise to raise my hand and my voice, and begin again.
So help me God.
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