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Jun 19, 2020
Angels Don’t Lie June 26th 2020 with guest Billie Streets
In this Session Billie opened up the conversation on Racism.
Talking about race we must first acknowledge and understand the truth of the history of racism in this country – not the whitewashed version we all learned in school.
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We have to be willing to have the hard conversations.
We have to be willing to be uncomfortable.
We have to hear from each other – how all of this feels, be willing to answer and ask the questions on our heart.
We can never stop listening!
We all have to step up with our friends and family.
If someone says something racist or inappropriate about race, sexual preference, religion….
Stop them in their tracks – let them know it’s not ok and let them know why it’s not ok for you.
Educate – Educate – Educate
Educate yourself – read, watch, listen
Educate your children
Join organizations, clubs or activities that will enable you and or your children to have exposure to from different races and backgrounds.
Support – Donate – Volunteer
Support organizations doing work that you think important in support of black and brown people.
Can be through your time – your gift or your treasure.
Support minority or black owned businesses.
We have to begin to put our $$ where our hearts are!
This place and time!
I believe we are in this place and time because we need to be
We are exactly where we are meant to be
All of the “stuff” that’s coming to the top has been there for many years
It was just a matter of time before it began to boil over.
But God! Faith, Hope & Love
For me personally, I believe that we have to believe in something – God, Jehovah, Buddah, Allah, Universe, Source….
Whatever brings you closer to a higher power.
The type of transformative change we need will require genuine faith, hope, love, grace, mercy and a whole lot of prayer.
Recent devotional – God doesn’t have a problem with making possible what we think is impossible.
Matthew 19:26 – "Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible."
Patience – It’s going to take time!
Lasting, progress & change takes time!
It’s not going to happen overnight.
This change and progress will be uncomfortable – it won’t be easy.
There will be many times where it just won’t feel good.
Sometimes we’re going to just have to sit with a lot of questions with seemingly no answers in sight. An early 1900’s Austrian – German Poet wrote –
“Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books that are now written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day, into the answer.” – Poet Rainer Maria Rilke
In these times, we need to remember to be gentle and kind with ourselves and each other.
Really important time for us all to be mindful and responsible for our mental, physical and emotional health.
Last but not least!
In such a transformative time in history there’s learning in our leaning in and understanding asking what can I do? what part can I play?
We will ultimately have to get past protesting – protesting is a great way of spreading the word but it’s only the beginning.
We will need to strengthen healthcare systems, education, create and teach economic empowerment in black and brown communities and so much more.
It’s going to be a long hard road but I am hopeful when we get to the other side that the future will be very bright!
We have to lean in to love and trust our inner knowing.
We must come to learn that our differences make us stronger.
The diversity of color, age, race, nationality, sexual orientation need to be intertwined in our thought word and deed.
We cannot thrive without each other
In Zulu there’s a word – Ubuntu
One we in America can definitely learn from, It speaks to the ability to show compassion, love, peace, reciprocity, dignity and humanity to our fellow humans. It’s a spirit of oneness and the interconnectedness of all life
Desmond Tutu described it as – “My humanity is inextricably bound up in yours.’ We belong in a bundle of life.”
Ubuntu says," I am Because we are"!
By Billy Streets