No Shrinking Violet

By Kerri Romeo

After realizing she cannot fit through the door to reach the garden, Alice realizes sitting around won’t accomplish anything and she immediately begins to imagine solutions.  The practical solution (finding a book of rules) becomes the most unlikely option while the radical idea (a drastic change in her very being) becomes the most reasonable thing to do.

“For, you see, so many out-of-the-way things had happened lately, that Alice had begun to think that very few things indeed were really impossible.”

We know that we cannot continue as we are.   We know that we cannot just sit and wait for the presidential election in November and hope that a garden of dreams will suddenly be within our reach.  There is no how-to manual that shows us how to handle the mess that has developed from years of conscienceless choices.  What seemingly impossible solution will we make possible? 

For Alice, a bottle that reads “DRINK ME” appears as if in direct response to her belief that there is a way, no matter how unconventional the idea, for her to shrink to fit through the door to reach the garden.  She is wise enough to exercise caution before following what she is being told to do to ensure the bottle has not been marked as poison.  After all…

“…if you drink much from a bottle marked `poison,’ it is almost certain to disagree with you, sooner or later.

As we sit at the door of the 2020 election we find ourselves seemingly left with only 2 choices.  One that is clearly marked poison and another that someone has rubbed off the incriminating poison label, but what is inside (an elite corporatist-driven politics that is slowly, but surely becoming dangerously disagreeable to the average American’s well-being) remains.  “DRINK ME” at America’s risk.    

Unlike Alice, this is not the first time we have been required to shrink.  Decades of shrinking has produced a power in our society that is completely contrary to America’s founding principles. It happened in 2016.  It is happening again in 2020.  And if we continue to shrink in fear, there will likely be more of the same in 2024, if not worse. Even Alice is concerned that she will continue to shrink to the point that she will go out completely.  What will that be like for us? What if instead of shrinking we chose to grow*?

Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.”  ~ Marianne Williamson (from Chapter 7, Section 3 of A Return to Love)

* Episode 11 of Ask Jesse had a huge impact on my growth in how to honestly view current issues, understanding our capacity as citizens and what we can do to work towards change.

Continue your Wonderland Campaign adventure with Peace, Love and Cupcakes.


Kerri spends her days as an office administrator for a ballet barre manufacturer and her free time playing frisbee with her dog in NJ.  Often at a loss for words in person, she writes to make sense of the world and connect with others.  She wishes for more curiosity & kindness in the world.

Published by Kerri Romeo

Kerri spends her days as an office administrator for a ballet barre manufacturer and her free time playing frisbee with her dog in NJ. Often at a loss for words in person, she writes to make sense of the world and connect with others . She wishes for more curiosity & kindness in the world.

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