A Guest Post – Words of Wisdom for This Presidential Election

Looks like the election was just called.  The words from a friend of a friend posted below are still relevant.  Read about the author of this post, Starla Lewis, here and here.

Introduction:  Katie Elizabeth White Boyd was born in 1880 on a plantation in Missouri and lived to be 100 years old. She lived through 21 presidencies. I [Starla] was born in 1949, in a colored hospital, during legal segregation. I desegregated a school in Missouri and a school in California. I have lived through 13 Presidencies. As I think about the election, I am moved to share words of wisdom from my Great Aunt Kate and Myself, the things that she taught me and the things that I have learned.

 

4 Years   “This too shall pass.”  Whatever the outcome of the election, whichever candidate wins, they only have 4 years to influence what happens in the United States and the World.

We the People  “No one can stop you from being anything you want to be or doing anything you want to do but you.”  We can be a government of all people, by all people and for all people when we exercise  our voice beyond voting day.

Treat All People With Respect  “How you treat people speaks volumes about who you are and nothing about who they are.”  Whether you are happy about the outcome or not, let us be an example of what you want to see in the world. The youth are watching. Teach them that we can win and lose with grace. The world is watching. Show them that we can accept the outcomes of our elections with civility.

Come Together to Heal and Celebrate  “A sorrow shared is half the sorrow. And a joy shared is twice the joy.Connect with like minded people in a safe space that allows you to express your thoughts and feelings.

Where there is breath all things are possible “It is what it is. It be what it be. And it do what it do.” Do not let the outcome of this election make you sick, violent, less human, helpless or hopeless.

Love IS  Remember that we are all BRILLIANT, POWERFUL, LIMITLESS, LOVE.  Tap into the most powerful force in the universe and see the love in you. See the love in others. Magnify love. BE Love.

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The Awake Disciple

I’m contemplating “liminal space” this morning – that space of standing on a threshold, between decisions, outcomes, worlds.

One of my favorite stories about liminality is in the Bible.  Jesus awaits crucifixion in the garden of Gethsemane.  He asks his disciples to watch and pray with him.  He prays that the cup of crucifixion be taken from him; but then prays “Thy will be done.”

The disciples, although willing to help, fall asleep.  They can’t keep their eyes open for an hour, just to watch and pray.  Chances are they were deeply uncomfortable with Jesus’s need and uncertainty, and it was just easier to tune out… Continue reading

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Sacred Inclusion

Sacred Inclusion

Dear Friends,

Please enjoy this guest post from my friend Marian Brehmer. I met Marian and his wife Aslinur in India in 2018. They live in Istanbul, but distance has not prevented us from staying close.

I am posting Marian’s story about Sacred Inclusion today. When so much of the world seems determined to respond to adversity with attack, this story reflects a different approach. What would life be like if we moved from defensive posturing to a state of grace and inclusion? Marian and Aslinur demonstrate that it can be done.

Enjoy – with Love, Bonnie

To read Sacred Inclusion, click here.

To learn more about Marian Brehmer and Sacred Journalism, click here.

 

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