Grounded, Willing, Open to New Life

Fertility in social movements and among people is not something we control. We cannot make new life like we make plans or money.

It's hard to be fertile when we are not grounded. Fertility is about making new life that becomes self-determining: that does not belong to us.

If we drain ourselves as leaders, we don't have what that takes. If we drain other leaders of time and energy on busy work, we should not be surprised when they don't have the power to create.

If we're always looking in mirrors—made of glass or social media—and looking outward, we should not be surprised when truly new things don't want to come through us to be born.

May we be fertile in movement-building: grounded, willing, open to new life.