Hello, Smiling Faces!
I hope you are doing well during these unprecedented times. My last blog post was the pandemic of COVID-19, but over the last few weeks we’ve experienced a worldwide front seat view of murder, tragedy and racism. These three; our parents, activists and ancestors experienced and witnessed. To so many, may their souls Rest In Peace. Memorial Day weekend is always difficult for me, as my brother was murdered seven years ago. This past Memorial Day weekend, we visually…the entire world…witnessed the horrific, disgusting video murder of George Floyd. It completely stopped me in my tracks. His last words and discomfort will forever live with us. I couldn’t find the words to utter, but the tears were flowing.
The recent murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery coupled with quarantine anxiety, unrest, racial injustice, protesting and everything in between, feels like I am living a nightmare. The truth is, it’s reality. It’s truly been a struggle to maintain some inspiration for life. I’ve had to lean heavily on God, prayer, meditation and mental self-care. Our hearts are shaken to it’s core. Mentally, I am drained. We have to keep pushing for serious change. Your part is important and tough conversations are needed. Don’t discount your efforts.
I challenge you to allow your voice to be heard. We have a voice to share. We have to speak up and demand change. Don’t be intimidated. You may be reading this and thinking there are steps you can take. Be a listening ear. Use your platform to bring about change. Talk to key leaders if you are in specific positions to demand change. We have to do it NOW. There is hope for today, tomorrow and our future.