We all need a little inspiration...
"Hope," by Victoria Safford
"Our mission is to plant ourselves at the gates of Hope — not the prudent gates of Optimism, which are somewhat narrower; nor the stalwart, boring gates of Common Sense; nor the strident gates of Self-Righteousness, which creak on shrill and angry hinges (people cannot hear us there; they cannot pass through); nor the cheerful, flimsy garden gate of “Everything is gonna be all right.” But a different, sometimes lonely place, the place of truth-telling, about your own soul first of all and its condition, the place of resistance and defiance, the piece of ground from which you see the world both as it is and as it could be, as it will be; the place from which you glimpse not only struggle, but joy in the struggle. And we stand there, beckoning and calling, telling people what we are seeing, asking people what they see."
From Shaun King, writer New York Daily News:
"It's hard to know a historic moment when you are in it. In 1954 and 1955, Rosa Parks and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. didn't even call what they were doing the Civil Rights Movement, they were just everyday people fighting for what was right. Most of us, from day to day, are so burdened with the mundane matters of life — bills, homework, childcare, healthcare, what we're going to eat or wear, our relationships, and everything else — that it can be almost impossible to feel the gravity and historical context of the world we are living in. But I need you to understand that we live in one of the most deeply problematic points in American history. From mass incarceration, to economic inequality, to police brutality, to hate crimes, and so much more, we are living in a deep dip in the quality of humanity in this nation."...
"Do not be the person who watches injustice and does nothing. You are better than that. Do not be the person who had it in their heart to be an agent of change, but kept it all to yourself. This world needs you. Real people who are being targeted by this government need you. And together, let's make sure that when history reflects on this era, that it shows us fighting back and resisting every step of the way."
Beautiful Day by Joshua Radin
Sometimes it is important to talk, but more often it is important to listen.
In this case, we listen to our friend, Lisa Blalock, who we are blessed to have in our circle.