A few years ago (when I clearly had a lot more hair than I do today) I made this video in recognition of National Bullying Awareness Month.
On October 3rd, 2014, my life changed forever when my wife and I brought a 6 year old stranger into our home and decided that she was going to be our daughter. The three of us spent a year of many tears, many laughs, tons of hours with therapists and social workers, and a whole bunch of "What have we gotten ourselves into?!?" until, a year ago today, when we walked into the Alameda County Courthouse and made our family official.
Today, we celebrated our Adoption Anniversary by returning to the same restaurant we went to last year, giving our daughter a brand new pair of rainbow earrings (she got her ears pierced for Adoption Day last year), and then coming in from out of the rain to watch an episode of Blackish together.
It's been a beautiful day.
My family and I attended the World Wide Women Girls' Festival today in San Francisco. It was epic and wonderful and inspirational. I was totally bummed when I found out I missed Mark Cuban who was there to judge a girl's entrepreneur contest. I totally would have pitched the Shark to invest in our business. Oh well, next time.
I'm not doing a blog post today. I have to say no to you. Here's why.
Yesterday, we explored the practice of saying sorry in meaningful and effective ways. We can't look at apology without looking at forgiveness. Let's do that now.
As my Jewish sisters and brothers celebrate Yom Kippur today, I reflect on the power of atonement - taking responsibility for our actions and making repairs. It's about saying "I'm sorry" in a way that actually means something; that actually does something.
Saying sorry is both over and underused, I have noticed. And both are seriously problematic.
What if we lived in a world where...
- All women and girls loved our bodies?
- Ours bodies were celebrated their strength and ability instead of victimized, vilified, and commodified?
- We felt safe to run and jump and dance and walk whenever and wherever we wanted without fear?
I am saying yes to you, Mr. Trump, because I accept that you have been placed here for a reason.
You are here to make us think. To make us talk. To make us question what we are capable of.
You are pushing us to our limits. Making us uncomfortable - to the point of sickness; to the point of despair; to the point of anger.
You are tilling the soil of uncomfortability from which revolutions sprout.
God, I love Oprah. So, in honor of her Super Soul Sunday, here's a bit of Super Soul Shonda. Shonda Rimes has a lot to teach us about saying yes. Here's something...