2017: Come Out Swinging

Inspiration finds us in mysterious ways. It’s seldom found when sought, showing itself in happenstance. And it found me today by chance. I was watching the Vikings game. If you know me, you know I don’t often do this; a soccer game ended and the TV was still on and one thing led to another and before I knew it, the Vikes were on. Then something happened. I was scrolling through Twitter (as I often do while watching television) and found this image.

Photo from Star Tribune

Two blessed souls brought light to an important issue in a powerful way. The Vikings were playing their last game of the season at US Bank Stadium–the title sponsors of which have hundreds of millions in the company backing the Dakota Access Pipeline. This was a day when the stadium was filled to its capacity of 66,000+. If there were a way to make a splash, this is one of those ways.

It showed me something. The past two months have not been good for our nation (or world) due to the election. Good-hearted people are pissed off. We spent November and December seething as greed and profit slide into our government in place of the greater good and human rights. Many of us resolved to fight–I know I sure as hell did. These two guys are leading 2017 by example.

There are many ways to fight for what you love, and not all involve getting arrested or hanging from stadium beams. A cause needs four main components to succeed: money, a voice, advocates, and time. Donate money to your cause. If you can’t donate money, donate volunteer hours. If you have a voice, use it; nothing great was ever accomplished by remaining quiet. Mobilize your friends and other advocates who are inspired by the same cause. Meet weekly or monthly to discuss your plan to make change. This is how we get our issues into the public eye. God only knows how many hours and people were behind today’s activism–and know that every activist needs support.

2017 is the year to stand up, make your voice heard, inspire others, and fight for what you love. If we’re going to make it through the next four years, it’s time to get to work.

Photo from Star Tribune