Presumed Innocence

I found myself distracted by the actions of the judge conducting the trial I participated in recently. I watched a judge that seemed be so meticulous in questioning potential jurors but who could barely contain what I perceived as his contempt for and impatience with the defense.

As the jurors found out after the verdict, this particular defendant had a pretty extensive list of crimes. But if the jurors are to presume a defendant innocent of the crime for which he or she is on trial, shouldn’t the judge also be perceived as impartial?

Inhale Impartial, Exhale Prejudiced…
Inhale Intentional, Exhale Unconsciousness…
Inhale Innocence, Exhale Presumed Guilt…
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Innocence

When my daughter was growing up, I kept a picture of her three-year-old self next to my bed.

When I was angry with her adolescent self, it was a reminder of her core sweetness.

When I expected more than the teenage version wanted to give, it kept me from giving up.

When I’ve been frustrated with her efforts at adulting, it’s a reminder that she has the right to actions that reflect her values.

All of us are human. And in God’s eyes that makes us perfect. We’re simply, sometimes, mistaken. And God loves us anyway. Immensely. Completely. Eternally. Just as we are.” ~ Neale Donald Walsch

Inhale Innocence, Exhale Shame…
Inhale Innocence, Exhale Blame…
Inhale Innocence, Exhale Regret…
Just Breathe

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Reflections With Renita

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Deeply Loved

If only we could see ourselves as God sees us, innocent and blameless, we would stop beating ourselves up, stop projecting our shame onto others, stop hiding in fear.

We could be fearlessly vulnerable from a place rooted in conviction and connection and fearlessly loving from the knowledge that we are deeply loved…

We cultivate love when we allow our most vulnerable and powerful selves to be deeply seen and known, and when we honor the spiritual connection that grows from that offering with trust, respect, kindness and affection.” ~ Brené Brown

Inhale Innocence, Exhale Shame…
Inhale Blamelessness, Exhale Blame…
Inhale Love, Exhale Fear…
Just Breathe

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