Your True Self
Isn’t so much someone you find
As someone you allow yourself to be.
You give permission.
You create space.
You let go of excuses and denial.
You put your toe in the water.
And if you like how that feels, your foot.
And if you like that, then a leg, then a body.
And before you know it,
You are a dolphin
Swimming in a sea of love.
I have nothing more to say about our True Selves, so this concludes the series. Next up? Either:
- Managing transitions, or
- A good start to the day
If you have a preference for where I go next, please reply with your choice. Thanks!
Perspective & Petition
From an essay by Edwidge Danticat in The Fire This Time, edited by Jesmyn Ward. Danticat quotes Raha Jorjani, an immigration attorney and law professor:
Suppose a client walked into my office and told me that police officers in his country had choked a man to death over a petty crime. Suppose he said police fatally shot another man in the back as he ran away. That they arrested a woman during a traffic stop and placed her in jail, where she died three days later. That a 12-year-old boy in his country was shot and killed by the police as he played in the park.
Suppose he told me that all of those victims were from the same ethnic community — a community whose members fear being harmed, tortured or killed by police or prison guards. And that this is true in cities and towns across his nation. At that point, as an immigration lawyer, I’d tell him he had a strong claim for asylum protection under U.S. law.– Raja Jorjani, The Washington Post
Last Friday was Juneteenth, a celebration of the abolition of slavery, marked by the date the last group of enslaved people finally gained their freedom (almost two and half years after Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation).
If you’d like to sign 93-year-old Opal Lee’ s petition seeking 1 million signatures to make Juneteenth a national holiday, go to Opal’s petition on Change.org. When I signed it last Thursday, there were roughly 350,000 signatures. As of Saturday afternoon, there are 783,251, but that’s not an accurate count because the number keeps going up as I’m writing it down.
If you’re looking for a national holiday to remove to counter the addition of Juneteenth, Columbus Day is one to consider.
Chewing the Cud of Good
I am grateful for the life I am living now. I get to write, and I get to learn from a community of writers. I get to serve on the board of an organization that does work I care about, and my writing helps them. I get to teach at a University and grow with my students. I am grateful for my marshmallow life.