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A Place to Cry

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A Place to Cry

Virginia Woolf wrote that “A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction.”

A certain space, I imagined, where creative energy could flow freely.  I crave that when I want to write , when I have thoughts that just have to be captured on paper.  It is often not a room though for me, but just a space. A gracious and plush yellow couch…a rattan chair outside under the blue dome and blazing sun.

Just as important is a place to cry.  A indispensable space for my life energy to flow and for healing to continue. A place where my tears flow freely and without judgment.  Without pity.  Without question.  Without ready solutions.  Just to let them fall over my cheeks .  I taste their saltiness. Their wetness is real. And often they are just below the surface of my daily mask.  Perched.  Ready.

I am grateful for a place to cry.  I need it.  I crave it.  Even if its just for a moment.  A woman, a man must have love of self and a place to cry if she/he is to live fully.

Do you have a place?

Look again: A vision based on DIGNITY

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My soul weeps for all this death and tragedy. I am flooded with so many thoughts and emotions. But continuously am drawn to this question: “Will you respect the dignity of every human being?” Not tolerate, not work with, not be friends with, not like, not even love every human being….RE-SPECT. To look again. It is the difficult and uncomfortable yet absolutely essential and courageous act of seeing differently; seeing beyond what we THINK we see and actually see what is common to us all, value, worth and limitless human potential Let’s face it, if we are honest we could ALL do a better job of truly seeing people who are different from us, who we disagree with, who have hurt us… It is not a request to change your heart but to change what you see. Or else we will be perpetrators of what Ralph Ellison describes here: “I am invisible…people refuse to see me…they see only my surroundings, themselves (their fear, their anger) or figments of their imaginations…eveything and anything except me.”
 
It is not what you look at that matters…it is what you see.-Henry David Thoreau
 
Will you respect the dignity of evey human being?
 
For God’s sake, let us open our eyes and look again. It just might save a life.
 
‘Open my eyes that I may behold wondrous things…”Psalm 119:18
#humandignityisnonnegotiable #DIGNITY #openoureyes