June is here, and summer has come.
Most etymologies claim the month of June is named after the Roman goddess, Juno, wife of Jupiter and goddess of marriage. Perhaps this is why June is regarded as such a great time for weddings and other celebrations of love? Or, it could be because June is the midpoint of the year, heralding the summer solstice and the longest day of sunlight. Either way, it's safe to say that June is typically a bright spot of the year, a month most often - and more than any other - associated with light, love, and warmth.
This year, though, things have been...different. Rather than having time to blossom over spring, we've instead been seemingly stuck in the dark chill of winter as the world struggles to overcome months of new devastation and decades of injustice. Summer may be here, but for so many, days are still very bleak.
There is hope. Just like summer comes after winter, there is always a bright spot at the end of a long darkness. And, just like the dandelions that crop up this time of year, hearts are resilient. It may not feel like it now, but we still have time to bloom.
I do not want to ignore the terrible tragedies and horrific events that have shaped our world in 2020. There is a huge amount of work that needs to be done to heal our world and make it a safer, equitable, and inclusive place for all. To right past wrongs and carve out a better future. To remember- or perhaps truly discover - how to love one another. But, instead of focusing on the things we've lost, on the hate and ignorance and cruelty that we have witnessed, I want to focus on the positive.
Things are changing. Voices are being heard. People are coming together, opening their hearts, and standing alongside each other in a movement toward what so many have wished and waited for so long: Change. Acceptance. Peace.
The world is a dark place. Be a bright spot. Be a dandelion, with deep roots, resilient spirit, and unstoppable beauty. Lift each other up, open your heart, and be a voice for hope and for change.