I was so struck this early morning by the sky. It was epic looking and telling stories. What’s it saying I thought? It was so sunny directly above me. But these rolling in clouds warned of thunder & hail. What are the pockets of holes - the light? Where those openings hope? Resiliency?
I posted this to my story “we must move through the light to be fluid in the dark” and to “stay strong” (my pen’s 🖊 message to myself to remain aware and in flow). The thunder & hail came... but not in the way I expected.
The past weeks have been a massive kick in the pants. It’s been very easy to be not dialed in, to feel hopeless, not pay attention, turn the other cheek and wait.
It’s been very easy to wait....
Wait for someone to tell us (meaning me) what to do. .
I was sickened by #SeanReed
‘s loss of dignity, I kept thinking of his mom on Mother’s Day.
I was disturbed and saddened by #breonnataylor
Today I was gutted by #georgefloyd
But I know silence is louder than words. And that’s NOT the kind of loud I want to represent.
Complacency does not impact change. Understanding is essential. Finding our voices is essential. Leading by example is essential. Teaching our children is essential.
I have more to say/write (and more importantly DO), but I have only begun the process to unpack. Like I’m barely unzipping the suitcase here. I am so very grateful to have a strong partner to do this with. This is just the first step. It starts with me.
It starts with action.
More to come here.
For now, I pass on Zeba’s words. So much THIS! “What the Amy Cooper situation reveals to me is what instances of racism in America always reveal: There’s a level of self-examination and self-awareness that white people are not doing that they must do. There’s something that white people, even the ones who believe that they hold no biases, that they wield no power, must admit to themselves and begin to unpack. They are complicit — and even participatory — in the system of white supremacy. Individual white people may not believe they are, but their ability to tap into that system is always within reach.” —- Zeba Blay