08/23/2020 Are you ok? Write me and let me know. Please.
The simple act of asking your family member, your friend, a coworker, an acquaintance the question of "how are you" or "are you ok" with sincerity could mean a lot. I have a coworker who is going through a rough time and although I didn't think anything of it when I lend him an ear, he needed it and told me that he doesn't have anyone he can really turn to and appreciates me talking with him. He spiraled the last couple of weeks, but I'm happy to see that he's got more direction with his steps. I think he got himself up because with the week closing, he gave himself some liberation. It was emotional, but I believed it when I told him he's a good person and I was yelling it through tears - mine and his. I hope it was the true catharsis he needed when he opened that will lead to more catharsis to a finale of true happiness. Now, to those that are in the darkness...light a candle, hang on to the little light you have and feed that instead of the nightmare world. It isn't easy and never will be. That's where your strength will come from. When you've handled it. Take that long and deep drag of cool air. Let your lungs expand the way they're meant to be instead of shrinking from all the tears you've shed. You can do it. You so deserve it. You don't realize it, but you've got one hell of an arsenal by your side. Your family, friends, specialists, change of scenery, the future, your legacy, the universe. Be good to yourself. If your legs are broken, take time to mend. If your heart shattered, forge the steel to make it stronger. If you're abused, take back your dignity and lead yourself to happiness. Work, relationship, the familiar could be bringing you down, weigh it out correctly and find your better life. Live. I love you. And you should love yourself too. To everyone: please, love each other.
Black lives have always mattered. "The murder of George Floyd was the result of inhumane police brutality that is perpetuated by a culture of white supremacy. What happened to George Floyd was not the result of a bad apple; it was the predictable consequence of a racist and prejudiced system and culture that has treated Black bodies as the enemy from the beginning. What happened to George Floyd in Minneapolis is the fruit borne of toxic seeds planted on the shores of our country in Jamestown in 1619, when the first enslaved men and women arrived on this continent. Floyd is the latest in a long list of names that stretches back to that time and that shore. Some of those names we know -- Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Oscar Grant, Eric Garner, Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Emmett Till, Martin Luther King, Jr. -- most we don't." -Ben and Jerry
Goodbye, Dot. You were a good boy. You get to see your brother again. I miss you Taz, Dot, and Felix.
You are a war worth fighting. Sometimes battles are lost, but I'll support the good that will help you win in the end.