Diwali, also known as festival of lights is a 5 day celebration. It marks the arrival of God Rama (an incarnation of Vishnu) after 14 years of exile. During his exile he defeats Ravanna and signifies good winning over evil; Wisdom winning over ignorance. In Sanskrit, Diwali also means row of lit lamps. Although the festival is marked by different celebrations based on regional and religious beliefs wishes for joy, prosperity, light, love and success are the same.
On Diwali and in the year ahead I wish you all wholesome happiness, love, compassion, hope, unshakable faith, and an inner nurturer who helps you shine in joy and spread your wisdom.
For a few months, I left this quote on our kitchen wall as a constant reminder:
Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage ~ Lao Tzu
I believe in order to live an authentic life, we have to be vulnerable and in order to be vulnerable, we have to have courage. To be courageous, we also need to feel safe, which is intricately connected to love and trust.
Brené Brown has spent years doing research on vulnerability, shame, worthiness, connection and belonging. In this You tube clip she talks about moving past the critics, including the inner critic that don’t truly serve us.
Brené quotes Theodore Roosevelt in this talk as being pivotal in shifting her own perspective about critics. The quote is poignant and sheds light on what resilience looks like and the courage it takes to keep trying.
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”
― Theodore Roosevelt
At any moment, you have a choice, that either leads you closer to your spirit or further away from it. Be free where you are.
~Thich Nhat Hahn
The mind does not comprehend
Words cannot explain
Yet deep in our soul
Down to our core
We can feel
Sorrow and pain
Of innocent lives lost in
Sending forth today for all of us and generations to come
Under sunny skies so blue
Prayers for a love so deep that all may know peace
Regardless of color of skin, religion or heritage
No matter gender, age, occupation or location
May each one feel a love so deep that
down to our core we are Peace.
Eddie S. Glaude Jr. points out in a frank and passionate voice of all the ways the “value gap” contributes to racial inequality in America. He calls for a Revolution in Values where we start viewing the government differently, change how we view black people, and change what matters at the core of being an American. In order to make changes, we have to be able to address concerns and question why things are the way they are currently. A revolution of values should change what constitutes success and express genuine connectedness that the well being of African Americans is interwoven with the well being of the nation.
It is imperative to have open discussions about racial inequalities. These open discussions can shed light on the habits that perpetuate racism and create a shift in cultural and political lives in America. Glaude says that first steps to undo our racial habits are by changing policies and addressing structural racism.
In his assertions Glaude includes how black leaders too have disappointed African Americans. In his chapter on President Obama and Black liberals, Glaude emphasizes how lack of effective leadership has led to increased racial inequality. He states that during Obama’s presidency, racial inequality got worse. He holds Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton equally responsible for the continued deterioration in Black Americans economic, political and social standing.
We simply need to align our practices with our stated principles and values. This view enables us to hold simultaneously that the principles of freedom and liberty are already a part of American life, while we experience, over and over again, habits and practices that suggest otherwise – Eddie Glaude
I chose to read this book to be more informed about the racial divide that exists and seems to be growing and festering. When we ignore something that is deeply rooted in our history and is blossoming in present times, we only make it worse. We don’t need to accept inequities as they are, and our democratic principles actually urge us to advocate for all. I would reccommend the book to anyone interested in gaining more insight into politcal and social aspect of the value gap. Eddie Glaude invites us to be bold and daring in creating a democracy that truly represents liberty and justice for everyone. I received this book from bloggingforbooks.com and my review is based on my opinion.
Most people, at some point or another have had to revise their personal financial budget. Those who have lived on tight budgets, know how challenging it can be to have nutritious food, shelter, clothing, and healthcare.
Those who have never lived on a tight budget, can learn to have empathy. They can help to create an economy that supports others in their difficult times.
Presently, proposed budget cuts by our current administration look to eliminate funding for meals provided to old adults and young children. At all levels, be it moral, social or ethical, these actions are inherently misguided.
Reducing and eliminating the budget, of larger programs that support local agencies, impact the individuals affected, their community, the nation and the world. When it comes to eliminating access to nutritious meals, the consequences are dire. We cannot choose to ignore the vulnerable.
Compassionate choices support the wellbeing of others.