Sidewalk Bends

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The Tribe of One

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Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial sculptureWhen we cut men from stone and separate them from the fold, we dehumanize them and turn their life and story into caricatures. Lost is the message, for in entombing their words and their spirit, we idolize the man and the image. The road is forgotten, and what is chiseled from the rough cut is lost to time. It is dust in the wind.

The tribe of humanity is small. One person’s calling is a calling to all. One person’s cause becomes a cause for all. No individual stands alone unless it is he who separates himself. Weak is the one who sees himself weak and alone. Strong is the one who sees himself in all.

Whether a story goes unwritten or untold, it is never truly forgotten. Books shall not keep it safe, nor stone, or monument. What touches a person’s heart goes unforgotten.

We are One tribe and no cause is above another.


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August 23, 2011 at 7:13 pm

You Are Not You (Neénüella)

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Stop apologizing for being you. Stop apologizing for the things you think others will not understand in you or about you. Stop walking on egg shells. Stop agonizing about the words you choose or the things you do. There will always be those who seek the worst in the things you say. There will always be those who take what you do as a perceived slight. There will always be those who think you do not care.

Likewise, there will be those who will see the kindness in your words, and the thoughtfulness in your actions. There will be those who will see the genuine you. When will you choose to be one of those people? When will you choose to be the genuine you, rather than hiding in your insecurities? When will the genuine you step up and say, this is me?

This is me in my entirety. I am just like you. This is me in all my imperfections. I am just like you. This is me.

Be Yourself

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Be yourself in the face of ridicule. Be yourself because others cannot. Show them that there is no shame in revealing that you care. Show them that there is perfection in imperfection. Show them wisdom in silence. Show them joy in selfless giving. Show them that despite all one’s imperfections, and the negativity and pessimism that is often thrown in one’s face, that nothing can stifle love. Nothing can stifle a compassionate heart. Nothing can suffocate the truth. Nothing can extinguish loving joy.

Be yourself in all that you do. Be yourself in all that you speak, in all that you think and all that you feel. Be yourself, and give courage to those who fear the repercussions. Be yourself and free your burdens. Be yourself so that you can stop counting the score. Be yourself and be you some more.

All That You Need

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The past is blind.
The future is unwanting.
All you need is in front of you.
When you are presented with your brother, do not look for another.
When you see an empty field, do not dig.
When you want to speak, but the words cannot flow, do not look for a book to read.
The past is blind and the future is unwanting.

All that you need is before you.
When the truth is revealed and some would rather change it, do not swallow your tongue.
When the weak are trampled, and some would pick the pieces, make them whole.
When the innocent are defiled and some would turn their back, do not walk away.
The past is blind and the future is unwanting.

All that you need is inside of you.
When your heart sinks and you want to throw it away, do not cry in anger.
When your tears run dry, and you want to hide, stand in the center.
When your fingers claw at your skin, and your flesh becomes a prison, set yourself free.
The past is blind and the future is unwanting.

All that you need is all around you.

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May 14, 2011 at 6:30 am

One Heart, One Soul

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Remember love instead of deep anguish. Remember what made you whole rather than the things that tear you apart. Do not try to capture the past, or dwell on the things you wish could be, but live now. Do not try to change those around you, but instead allow them to be who they are. Share yourself freely, without want for how another should be. Allow others to make their choice even if that choice should lead one to a dark place. For in making their own choice, they are able to accept the outcomes. And in accepting the outcomes they can forge their own path, a new path. But until you can allow another to walk on their own, they will never know freedom.

No matter how long you travel a path with another person, you are no more defined by them as they are of you. Your choice is your choice. Your path is your path. At each moment it can be remade. At each moment it can be extended. At each moment another road can be explored. And at each moment you can decide that there is no path, and that there is only you. In accepting you, you may see how each choice, each action, each thought, affects all of existence; one heart, one soul.

Watching Loved Ones

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Loved one in pain.There are times in life when the best thing we can do for the ones we love is to let them be, to allow a person to live their own life. Although it may hurt us to see the ones that we love and care about feel a pain we deem unnecessary, there will come a time when we will not always be there to help them. And so perhaps the best thing we can do is to give them the tools to get out of tough situations. Perhaps the best thing we can do is to be there when the other person decides they truly want help.

Each one of us has our own lessons to learn. Although we would like to spare others from the difficulties we have had to face, there are times when we must learn to step back. They may stumble, they may falter and they may do it many times over, but in the end, it is they who must learn to pick themselves up. It is they who must learn to dust themselves off and to keep going. Stepping back does not mean not caring. It does not mean walking away. It simply means loving someone enough to allow them to love themselves. If they can learn to love themselves and in turn learn to share this love with others, that is all one can ask for. Perhaps one day when that love is realized on both ends, there will be understanding. There will be no more pain. There will be no more frustration. There will just be love, a love that was always there, but not always accepted.

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June 10, 2010 at 7:29 pm

Free Your Heart

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You can plan your life and your future all you want, but no matter how smart you are or how many variables you take into consideration, you do not know everything. Our minds can only take us as far as we are willing to understand. As long as we try to live our lives by what we think we can control and by our wants and desires, we are holding ourselves back. Sometimes you have to jump if you want to fly. Sometimes you have to forget the past in order to see the future. Sometimes you need to close your eyes before you can see what’s really in front of you. Free your heart and know what is possible. Free your heart and know who you really are.

Forget about what could have been, because what is, is meant to be. Live not by regret, for the past shall be shackles upon your spirit. Live not by jealousy and greed, for your desires shall be become burdens upon you. Free your heart and there are no walls. Free your heart and there are no obstacles. Free your heart and see through the veils. Free your heart.

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March 15, 2010 at 8:46 pm