You know when you start writing and you backtrack a gazillion times… No, that’s not quite right… delete… There has to be a better way to put it… delete… How the blazes am I gonna say that my heart, our hearts are breaking all over the place and that somehow we’re gonna overcome??
You don’t say it. You’re riding the wave, like everyone else.
If you had told me months ago that my personal life would flip upside down and I would be starting from scratch now and that this would all be happening during a global pandemic and the nightmarish escalation of a long-standing history of abhorrent racial targeting in my country, I straight-up would not have believed you.
But there we have it. And all I can say is, “I’m right here with you.”
If you’ve been with me for a while, you know I occasionally release a move-laugh-cry digest — what’s making me move, what’s making me laugh, and what’s making me cry (in the best possible way). Although I typically only share the digest by email, I wanted to add a few resources to today’s blog in case you’re looking for a bit of quick and simple inspiration right now.
((If you want more move-laugh-cry resources, you can sign up for the free mini meditation on my homepage.)) Here we go . . .
What’s making me MOVE: NPRs “Tiny Desk Concerts” …which are helping me be softer and more loving around my own capacity to stay with the darkness. Natalia Lafourcade is a new personal fav… tu si, sabes quererme. I also really love these two together!
What’s making me LAUGH-CRY: How to Deconstruct Racism, One Headline at a Time, a TED Talk by Baratunde Thurston. In this profound and humorous talk, Baratunde explores the phenomenon of white Americans calling the police on black Americans who have committed the crimes of … sitting in Starbucks, walking dogs (who hump other dogs), and generally “living while black.” What I love most about Baratunde’s message is that it inspires ACTION and INCLUSION, instead of the helplessness many of us are feeling now. It challenges us all to LEVEL UP and find simple, systemic ways to lead change.
Please leave a comment with any resources that are helping you level up right now.
Con affetto xx
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