|I’m not the first to say this, and I’m sure I won’t be the last…
I’m over 2020. It feels like we’ve had a whole decade pass us by in the last few months – it’s hard to even know how to react anymore.
Continents on fire, plagues, murder hornets…
And actual murder. Like what happened to George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery.
I admit to being kinda numb today, and not knowing how to articulate myself with what’s happening in the world. I didn’t know if I should say something or not. When I decided to talk about it, I agonized on what to say.
Ultimately I landed at I don’t know. I don’t know what to say or do when so many people are hurting.
But I’ll be here trying to help however I can. Sometimes that’s all you can do – be present, look for opportunities to help. Even if helping is just listening.
That brings us to…
Kick Monday’s Ass Video
I admit that I didn’t want to talk about racism and violence against the black community when I sat down to write today… it felt like adding to the noise, or throwing out a cheap “me too! I’m a sensitive white person!” platitude.
But when I sat with it, I realized I was uncomfortable talking about it. That’s not the same as wanting to avoid contributing to the noise.
Discomfort is something we have to sit with and examine if we ever hope to grow. When we avoid it, it has a way of circling back to bite us in the ass… usually in a very big, way more uncomfortable way.
I’m uncomfortable because I’m not afraid of dying when I get pulled over. I’m uncomfortable because my dad is a police officer – one of the GOOD ones who entered the force specifically so he could help at-risk youth avoid a hard life wherever possible.
I don’t like saying I “get both sides” because I’m on the side of humanity – where we treat each other with respect, regardless of skin color or shiny badge and a gun.
So in the end, I couldn’t NOT talk about what’s happening right now – it feels completely tone deaf to avoid it and pretend it’s business as usual.
I won’t pretend I have answers – I don’t. I’ll do my part to help. And if people don’t want to be helped, I’ll let them be until they feel ready for it.
That’s what this week’s video is about – helping people who don’t want help (and what to do about it):
(here’s a link to the video in case you don’t see it embedded below)