By Victoria Lynn Hall
One of the things that evolved out of our last Wonderland Campaign Discussion Group meeting was the decision to make my recaps available on this blog instead of just through an email list.
I will still be sending out a weekly email to the Wonderland Campaign Discussion Group which will include the zoom link and information for our next meeting, so if you want to join us, please sign up to the group email list on the Wonderland Campaign landing page.
If you are already subscribed to the list, you may have already read the first two recaps below and can scroll down to the third. Going forward we will be doing just one recap per week.
WCDG Meeting #1: Into The Rabbit Hole:
Thanks to those who attended our first Wonderland Campaign Discussion Group meeting for making it such a wonder full experience. I feel we learned so much about each other and ourselves by discussing the unique adventures that led each of us down the political rabbit hole.
Though we were all in different places and are of varying ages, we did find we had a lot in common. Many of us mentioned Marianne Williamson as having an impact on our political awakening and our personal lives.
We also talked about who and what we rely on to guide us through our political Wonderland. A few of us mentioned Caitlin Johnstone as a source of information and inspiration and Kerri and I particularly expressed our gratitude for the wisdom of Jesse Crall. Speaking of Jesse, because I knew he wouldn’t be able to make the meeting, I decided to ask him what led him down the political rabbit hole when we recorded our podcast, Ask Jesse:
WCDG Meeting #2: You Can Call Me Alice
I was happy to see the same familiar faces this past Saturday as I did the Saturday before, if slightly disappointed that there were no new ones – only because I am finding this an excellent opportunity to really get to know people, including myself, so much better through this process.
For example, I’ve learned that Kerri was a dancer, that Jane used to take other people’s ponies for a walk, that Michael worked on George McGovern’s 1972 presidential campaign and that Lori grew up in a tight knit community in a company town.
And yet despite the uniqueness of our histories and the difference in some of our ages (I discovered Lori and I are the same age), when we tell our stories we easily see common threads weaving through them all. As we talked about the children we used to be and our concerns and hopes for children today, what stood out to me was how each of us had the experience of feeling the pressure to conform in a society that did not honor our intuition.
And it made me wonder, how much of our childlike curiosity is discouraged at a certain age because the world tells us “how it is” and treats us as outcasts if we don’t accept the status quo.
Kerri asks in, “You Can Call Me Alice“: “Have you ever talked with a child and been blown away by their brilliant sense of observation?”
Is there a certain age where adults stopped being blown away by what our intuitive minds are observing; when, even though our observations aren’t any less true, they suddenly are seen as far less brilliant and welcome?
Maybe if more adults could hold on to their child like “sense of wonder and interest in the world”, more children could grow up without losing theirs in the first place.
In the latest episode of “Ask Jesse“, I asked Jesse about the connection between curiosity and skepticism and he talks about how the innate curiosity he had as a child serves him as an adult:
WCDG Meeting #3: Marmalade Jars
Our participants changed slightly for this meeting, so that everyone except for Michael was from Generation X, which became a talking point when our newest participant, Barbara, pointed out that many of us in Gen X are used to existing in a kind of free fall. We grew up with the nostalgia for the revolutionary times of the 60s along with the knowledge of how whatever grew from those seeds were cut down before they had the chance to really grow.
Just like Alice, many of us found no branches to cling to and no roots to anchor us as the fall occurred. Some of us hit bottom, some of us learned to fly but many of us just floated, learning how to console ourselves in the darkness like Alice does when “she eventually becomes comfortable enough to fall into a semi-awake sleep.”
When we woke up in today’s political wonderland, we began to see it for the nonsensical place it is.
As Michael pointed out, many of his fellow boomers are clinging to things that don’t make sense anymore (if they ever did). They seem to be intent on staying with a sinking ship but we are more than ready to abandon it, having no attachment to it. Perhaps without even realizing it, we’ve been stocking our lifeboats. We may not be trained to be captains of luxury liners but we know how to row and we can help get younger generations to safer shores if we so choose.
But first we must believe that we can. We must see ourselves not as lost and forgotten misfits but as scrappy survivors and share our resources and survival skills with those who are going to need them even more than we did.
Knowing how to comfort ourselves in uncertain times is one of those skills. In the latest episode of Ask Jesse, I asked millennial Jesse Crall what familiar things he feels he can hold on to now and shared with him what I think is important to cling to now:
Our next meeting will be on Saturday, May 1st. Again, please sign up to the group email list on the Wonderland Campaign landing page for more information.
A self taught artist and creative entrepreneur, Victoria Lynn Hall lives in the Kansas City area with 4 spoiled cats. She believes in art and the magic of kindness.
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.