Change Begins with One

I have been journaling and reflecting a lot the last couple of days about the state of affairs in this country. No doubt as we get closer to January 20, we are all anticipating change.

Change won’t happen magically, though. We are all part of it — within us are the tools we need to reshape what our future looks like. And before we can move forward, we need to address our past and our present. Acknowledgment is important.

With decades — centuries, truly — of prevalent, but hidden, racism and suppression shaping our present, it’s important to take in this moment. Breathe. Cry. Grieve. Accept that there is work to be done and we have a role to play. Take responsibility for not doing more.

My heritage and my skin color have nothing to do with my values and morality — neither should yours. We owe it to our fellow human beings, no matter their ethnic background or racial identification, the same liberties we demand for ourselves.

Questioning deeply-held beliefs and inherent biases is important. Having open conversations about what we feel and why we feel the way we do is imperative. Seeking help, looking up reliable sources of information, fact-checking — all go a long way in helping create space for acknowledgment, acceptance and, ultimately, action.

I hope that we are all able to introspect, press pause before lashing out, and truly focus on what’s important. When we give a damn for someone else’s pain even though it doesn’t affect us — that’s compassion! When we care enough to speak up for those who are being mistreated — that’s courage!

Our children are listening, watching and soaking in.

Change begins at home. Change begins with one.

I am the change. You are the change. We are the change we want to see.

Published by mansimakes

Hi there, I am Mansi, a self-taught artist based in Silicon Valley. I was a full-time communications professional for two decades, with a desk job and a six-figure salary until I decided to become a mom. Motherhood, as many will attest, can be extremely exhausting, especially in those first years. Art became my quiet place. It restored my sense of self. It gave me renewed energy. It helped me become a better mom. I was led down the path of creation by instinct and “discovered“ in early 2019 by a fellow kindred spirit at one of my art pop-ups who asked me to join her entrepreneurial venture. While I immersed myself full time in the role of CFO and co-founder of this women-led venture supporting local women makers, I missed experimenting with mixed-media. So, in 2021, I've decided to focus my energies full time in finessing my craft, producing more online tutorials and offering in-person art workshops for both adults and children. Thank you for joining me on this adventure as I experiment, learn and continue creating custom pieces of joy.

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