By Kerri Romeo
Despite being a newcomer, Alice is welcomed into the royal garden fairly effortlessly and is even invited to a game of croquet by the Queen. But it doesn’t take long before she notices life is not what it seemed when she first peered into the garden.
“Alice began to feel very uneasy…” (from Alice in Wonderland, Chapter VIII)
Just as we reach the royal chapters in Alice’s story, the current royal family is back in the news after an interview aired with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. While a common American response has been eye rolls and bitter disregard, Alice reminds us to listen with curiosity to find the truth and the heart of their story to reveal and begin to heal our own.
Meghan spoke of feeling welcomed by the royal family. But she also spoke of feeling isolated, alone, trapped and treated differently by the institution. And then she spoke of suicide.
“She was looking about for some way of escape…”
To be privileged is not to be free of pain.
Many may feel they cannot relate to the story of princes and princesses. Many argue Meghan chose to be part of the royal life (she did); They say she knew what she was getting into (she clearly did not). As we focus on dualities in activism (rich versus poor, black versus white, man versus woman, good versus evil) we question why discord and divide continue to grow. Are we creating that divide? Have we created a blind spot for change by separating everyone into categories? Does equality of feeling apply to everyone, even to the prosperous? Can you have compassion for someone that is affluent? Have you ever felt shame for your own advantage? And for your own vulnerability?
“…what would become of me?” ~ Alice
Have we forgotten that feelings are universal? Can feelings be our common ground and our unifying force? Not just love, but all emotions? Have you checked into how you are feeling?
You are not alone. Reach out if you are struggling.
“Be the woman who fixes another woman’s crown without telling the world it’s crooked“Unknown
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Kerri is an advocate for the introverted activist. 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.