How many observed the day today? Would you have observed it if it was Independence Day? Memorial Day? ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ Today too is about remembrance and freedom. Today is about our ability to respond to our world with love - because we’re absolutely dying for it. ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ In these moments things can seem so difficult, hopeless and overwhelming that I feel defeated before I’ve even gotten up. Yet his words are a reminder... ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ “We Shall Overcome because the arch of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice. ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ And with this faith, we will go out and adjourn the counsels of despair, and bring new light into the dark chambers of pessimism, and we will be able to rise from the fatigue of despair to the buoyancy of hope. And this will be a great America! We will be the participants in making it so! And so as I leave you this evening I say, walk together children! Don't you get weary!” ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ The irony is in this speech, We Shall Overcome, he talks about some having to make the ultimate sacrifice to achieve equality. Sometimes I wonder if he understood it would be him. Thank you Dr. King. And thank you to all of those nameless individuals and communities who did and still continue to do this hard work. It’s not over. Don’t you grow weary. #sistersandbrothers #MLK
“I like your button” the man in the store said, “but good luck with that considering who we have at the top.” He went on to spew all his disgust and cynicism on everything around him. “That man is this and that. A lot of men with money are this and that.” • I stopped listening, choosing not to engage in the persecution of another human being who wasn’t in the room to defend himself, simply because I crave the opportunity to state my perspective when someone drags me over the coals of their own self judgment. • What we recognize in another is what we have in ourselves. If I notice abuse, where am I an abuser? If I’m aware of lies, where am I dishonest? Fill in the blank with any vice or virtue. Anything I see is only my own reflection. Even his complaining prompting this reflection is a call to look deeper into my own tendencies to complain. See, I can’t change that man, or the other, or the woman standing across from him; I can only change me. • He liked my button, but in that moment he wasn’t able to practice what he so admired. • If we deeply desire kindness, we will be it.
How about this adaptation from the Lorax: “Unless someone like you takes time to be blunt, things will still suck, because people are cunts.” || An excerpt from a hilarious friend I tripped across on my journey to sanity. May you be blunt and not give one single fuck tomorrow.
Being at the beach is like standing at the edge of the world. The water meets the earth and tells us - most often gently, but sometimes with unbelievable force - "you can't pass here." We've found ways to engage with and underneath the water, but still much remains a mystery. And it remains a truth that without super human efforts, we cannot engage with it like we do the land. It's not ours to have and yet it gives to us. In the form of curiosity, renewal, relaxation, cleansing and sustenance. It reminds us how feeble we are, how in an instant she could rise up and swallow us whole without any effort beyond what she's accustomed to moment to moment. In and out and in and out her waters lap on the land, reminding us we are small, we are entrusted, and she does not need us, we need her. #nofuckingfilter
For my special girl who turns four today. My inspiration, the most enlightened, my favorite mischievous soul with a delicious sense of humor and fierce dedication to radical honesty. To 100 more years - minus one day for me, so I never have to live one without you. 💙
And sometimes, they send you angels. From the people in the hardware store parking lot who freely gave us plywood, to the best old friend who brings laughs and help, and even my partner man who I can't stand 99.99% of the time but always keeps it cool. I love you all. Stay safe family. 💙 #soblessed #keepcalm #practiceinfulleffect