wisdom

Cry Me a River

The only people who were surprised by white people voting for white supremacy is other white people. Muslims, black folks and other people of color have been petrified of this outcome for a long time now, because we know how white power will do anything to preserve itself. We have seen it, worked beside it, watched it on the news, lived next door to it, witnessed it call itself our friend and then question our experiences with racism when we recount them. ... The only surprise to come out of this election is how many, and how quickly, white people want us to empathize with the people who voted against our humanity, our right to exist in this place. Even before the election, the Washington Post actually had the audacity to berate us for not crying for the white working class. In the days since Trump won, the numberof articles urging everybody to be cool to Trump’s America, to understand what they are facing, to hear their grievances, has added insult to injury. ...

Let me pass along some advice black folks have been given for a long time: stop being so angry and seeing yourself as a victim, and try pulling yourself up by your bootstraps. That’s really all I have for you right now, this re-gifting of wisdom.

~ Kalli Halloway in Raw Story

What Would JC Do?

No one has supported me through the transitions of my life more than JC, also known as, Joseph Campbell. His wisdom:

"One fine evening I was in my favorite restaurant there, and at the next table there was a father, a mother, and a scrawny boy about twelve years old. The father said to the boy, 'Drink your tomato juice.'

And the boy said, 'I don’t want to.' Then the father, with a louder voice, said, 'Drink your tomato juice.' And the mother said, 'Don’t make him do what he doesn’t want to do.' The father looked at her and said, 'He can’t go through life doing what he wants to do. If he does only what he wants to do, he’ll be dead. Look at me. I’ve never done a thing I wanted to in all my life.'

That’s the man who never followed his bliss. You may have a success in life, but then just think of it – what kind of life was it? What good was it – you’ve never done the thing you wanted to do in all your life. I always tell my students, go where you body and soul want to go. When you have the feeling, then stay with it, and don’t let anyone throw you off.

We are having experiences all the time which may on occasion render some sense of this, a little intuition of where your bliss is. Grab it. No one can tell you what it is going to be. You have to learn to recognize your own depth."

 

Graduating

One thing I miss as I get older is the marking of time passed and lessons learned that is graduation. Seems like there should be graduation ceremonies for other times besides college - maybe one when you turn 40? Lacking a graduation of my own this year, I turn to graduation speeches. Here's what this year's looked like.

"In an era of less rigid career and life expectations, the speeches are peppered with exhortations to take risks." ~ The New York Times

"Not only can you not plan the impact you’re going to have, you often won’t recognize it even while you’re having it." ~ Richard Costolo, CEO of Twitter

"It’s true, you are not in school anymore. But now, the school is in you." ~ Laura Linney, Actress

"If you must find your own path, and we have left you no easy path, then decide now to choose the hard path that leads to the life and the world you want." ~ Stephen Colbert, Political Satirist