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It felt strange to send our usual breezy Sunday roundup, and then it felt strange to stay silent. I want you to know that I’m thinking of you, even if we’ve never met, and that I appreciate you reaching out if we have.
The small but mighty Team Rebellious had a prescheduled meeting this afternoon, and seeing everyone’s faces, hearing their ideas for navigating this series of crises, has helped me glimpse what it would look like to enter what author David Kessler calls the sixth stage of grief—finding meaning. Kessler was coauthor with Elisabeth Kübler-Ross of the book “On Grief and Grieving,” and he has some interesting things to say about what can happen beyond the five stages we’ve all been cycling through: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance.
For me, personally, finding meaning is to do what so many folks suggested on our call today: focusing on solutions. What are things we can all do today, tomorrow, for the rest of our lives, that will create the world we want to live in?
We know there are people who have answers to those questions that we’d love to hear, and we’re committing ourselves to finding them and centering their stories and voices.
Is there a solutions-based story you’d like to read in Rebellious? Is there someone working to make the world a better place you think we should all meet? What resources are available that you wish more folks knew about?
We’ve made the short Google form below so you can share your ideas with us. It’s a first step in our effort to do what too few news organizations are doing at this moment: listen.
Please stay safe everyone, we miss you,