I have been running the same path at the most beautiful nature preserve in St.Petersburg, FL for years. As I approach families walking with their children, the little ones turn away from their parents and start running with me in complete joy and out right laughter. I always find this quite amusing and enjoy the little show they create. Almost as frequently, adults meandering through the park ask me for directions as I am whizzing past. I always oblige, but since I do not stop as I am shouting out the way for them, they begin to follow me too, and questioning my direction. Once I had 3 families jogging behind me to the trail’s exit!
What’s become more and more apparent to me, is that when we move with confidence in the direction of what we know is true, without wavering in the face of others opinions, doubts, or chatter; is that we create a positive force of motion that others instinctively follow which adds to the momentum of the movement we are creating. So one person, standing in clarity, creates the pathway for this force which turns into quite a chain reaction and affects real, tangible, measurable change.
This is in gratitude for all the families confidently choosing a homebirth and standing patiently in the midst of negative reactions from family, friends, and acquaintances, unwavering in their knowledge of what is best for them and their baby. Thank you for standing in that place with me, for providing the momentum to affect a shift in the cultural norm of birth.
~thank you to all that stand with me, strengthening our cause