I’ve always loved words. That probably explains why I became a wordsmith. The word, oxymoron, is one of my favorites, but I don’t often get a chance to use it. Can’t slip a term for a figure of speech into a conversation. “Oh, by the way, did you know the contradiction of terms you just used when you said, ‘jumbo shrimp,’ ‘original copies,’ or ‘open secret’ is an oxymoron?” But the best oxymoron ever is the one coined by the revolutionary passivist John Lewis, “Good Trouble.” Most of us try to stay out of trouble. Stay out of jail. Stay out of harm’s way. But John Lewis looked for trouble as a first-rate good trouble maker. We can’t do everything he did in his lifetime, but, as President Obama said during Representative Lewis' eulogy,, we have to do something. We can follow historic leaders, and good trouble seekers through our sit ins, walk outs, boycotts, marches, and by speaking out, writing up, and standing up. We can even create new ways to make good trouble. Whatever we decide to do, we cannot forget to fulfill or primary obligation as an American citizen. We must vote. This is not quite what I expected to write. What I initially wrote disappeared from my computer. I had not saved it. A lesson to us all…we must save ourselves and each other before we disappear. We must live a life that stands the test of time…Let’s commit to become good trouble makers.
Love and realness,