Wisdom laugh with me when I struggle with feeling helpless and powerless and then turn around and give away what power I have to change the situation to a vilified "they" and "them". Wisdom laugh with me then and turn me back toward what I can do, though it may be a long time, longer than I live, before the changes I yearn for are fully brought to fruition. Equality and dignity, for example, seem so pure and wonderful and simple, and yet can be so difficult to achieve, needing, as they do, each of us to hold onto that dream and then live into it, making it real in our choices many, many, many times a day, real in our laws and real in our daily practices and deepest dreams. Wisdom laugh with me to help me bubble up out of the mire I roll into with only a little discouraging encouragement from someone else, meeting some barrier or barb that sets me rolling with shame and accepting what need not be accepted. Laugh with me that I may better right myself and then turn to dealing with what is - the injustice and inequity that is, the cruelty and callousness that is, the bitter competitiveness that is, the disregard for the generosity and kindness and love we all need. Turn me round again, Wisdom, to tend to what needs tending with more hope and love than I knew I could muster, more generosity of spirit than I knew existed. Amen.