I’ll start this newsletter by saying that in my personal life all is good, and last week I received lots of letters from you which were so thoughtful, kind, and again showed me how fortunate I am to have been chosen to do the kind of work I do. The fans of She-Ra and the other work I’ve done are the absolute most loving, fun and very special people in the world! I’m so grateful for you all.
There was a letter this week from a She-Ra fan in China….CHINA! I’d no idea the series played in China, but he said at one time it had, and then it disappeared. But the internet came and he and his friends found it again, so they all play different parts in the series and they added Buddha as a hero—except they keep my voice as She-Ra because they feel my voice is the only voice that should be her. I guess they play the cartoon and each plays a part. I’m not quite sure how that all works but, talk about flattering! That really made my heart sing. I feel as if I’m a part of their lives in a really fun way.
When China first opened up to tourists again in the 80’s, I visited China. I remember walking down a street in a small village, and coming toward me on the sidewalk with a brisk walk, was a young boy about 12 with this head looking down on the ground. When he sensed someone in front of him, he lifted his head and literally gasped. He stopped in his tracks, his eyes opened as if he’d seen a ghost! He was so frightened and passed me in a rush. It dawned on me he’d never seen a person from America or Europe before, particularly a blond person, and I’d scared him to death! I’m sure he had quite a story to tell his friends!
These last few weeks I’ve been thinking of the endings the She-Ra series had where we’d talk to the kids and give a few loving lessons in becoming a good human being. The world events of the last months and particularly the last few weeks, have been quite upsetting. The hate-filled speech, the hate-filled actions of a few make me think about all the good people who suffer because of the speech and actions of those few. We must all find strength from the heart in ourselves and not succumb to fear. We cannot fight darkness with darkness. We have to become such a blinding light for good and love that the light dispels the darkness of fear and the love dispels the hate.
I think that will mean looking very closely at ourselves and how our neglect in some areas of our thinking has let this darkness grow in our society. Each one of us must be the light we want to see everywhere. The noise of hate is loud, and love can sometimes be a soft whisper. Perhaps all of us feeling and practicing love can make those whispers into a huge noise, and begin to counter-act the loud voices of hate. We are at what seems a bizarre, but perhaps transforming time in history. I believe we will triumph through a transformation. I have no idea when that will happen, but it must.
Well, you can see what has occupied my mind for quite a while! I kept waiting for something wonderful to be in the news to inspire me but I seem to see inspiration mostly in my small personal world. Thank goodness I do. The kindness and love of people in crisis, the kindness and love from friends and family, the kindness of the love you all express to me about She-Ra and what she’s meant to you is a blessing. I hope you see it in your own lives. Let’s all be strong in the compassionate light of love toward one another, and become the blinding light of love we all want and need.
And always, “For the Honor of Grayskull” – much love to you all,