Our Turn

My friend with the huge heart posted yet another story about an innocent bystander being shot by a cop and asked “Is anyone else concerned here?”

I didn’t know about the incident because I’ve started to carefully curate what I ingest from the news after realizing I just couldn’t digest another black or brown body mistreated, mutilated… murdered…

Is this how it happens? Each new disgusting display of depravity drags us deeper into the depths of despair, until we can no longer respond, no longer react…no longer resist…?

Is this how the forces of evil take over?

“Freedom is never really won, you earn it and win it in each generation.” ~ Coretta Scott King

Inhale Responsive, Exhale Numb…
Inhale Reactive, Exhale Immune…
Inhale Resistance, Exhale Desensitized…
Just Breathe

#JustBreathe
#Humanity

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How Are You?

I admit, I have struggled to stay positive in the face of so much injustice, so much hypocrisy … so much inhumanity. I haven’t been able to watch the videoed violence against black bodies, seemingly a new one each week, but like most people of color at least, each incident has impacted my sense of security. It’s personal…it’s frustrating…it’s heartbreaking.

I weep at night for the families and friends directly impacted. I look at the faces of the black people I see on the train and wonder…”How are you doing? How are you coping with the trauma?”

And then I remember that “suffering is inevitable for human beings as long as we believe that things last—that they don’t disintegrate, that they can be counted on to satisfy our hunger for security.” ~ Pema Chodron.

And I try not to panic…

Inhale Action, Exhale Apathy…
Inhale Caring, Exhale Indifference…
Inhale Resolve, Exhale Fear…
Just Breathe

#JustBreathe
#Humanity

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