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Stuff on My Mind Today

Each morning I get up, grab my cup of coffee and sit facing the sunrise.  While there are mornings I cannot see the actual sun rise, I know it's still there beyond the gray, beyond the clouds as the darkness of early morning does turn to light.  I sit for that first few minutes until my brew begins to work its magic and set my intention for the day.  Work.  Run.  Mediation.  Whatever it might be I pause with intention of having a good day.  To be an instrument of good, of peace.  Service.  Kindness.  Calm.  Even while the news is usually drilling its messages in the other room, I don't give it any attention.  By my second cup, I learn what's happening in the world as most American's do, I turn to Facebook.  

That's a joke! Well, sort of.  

I have a love-hate relationship with Facebook.  I truly do.  As far as social media goes, Instagram is my true love. I have a very select-few friends or family that I "follow" while the rest of the content I follow is typically things that bring me joy or feed my soul, e.g., nature or dreamy lands.  I used to like Twitter but I think Twitter is made for idiots these days.  Any idiot can spew or type 140 characters from a phone's keyboard and think they are a genius.

While I try to monitor and balance my time spent on social media, I do like to post and share.  I do my best to keep it light, to keep it positive, to be the change I wish to see....although I try not to engage on Facebook I do have my moments.  I find that I "hide" and "unfollow" more than I "like" or "comment" these days.  There's very little I "share" and am one of those people that "won't do it..." when asked to.  You know those posts I'm talking about.  Insert emoji that comes to mind here.  Facebook has become such a passive-aggressive playground for adults, a cesspool of judgement, condescension, hate and intolerance.  Of doom and gloom. So many misguided people share lies, spread fear and are quick to express an opinion or shoot down another's. Nowadays, conservative and liberal are both ugly words, fighting words.  But don't get me wrong, I do and will speak up when I believe something is harmful or abusive. With discernment, I will raise my voice against bigotry and oppression, especially toward our LGBT community still often marginalized and targeted by the religious communities.  Lately, emboldened by the election, I've definitely noticed an increase in religious rhetoric.  Not only on social media but in my own community and surrounding, public spaces and billboards along roadsides and highways.    

Today, we honor and remember Martin Luther King, Jr. on his birthday.  This April will be the 50th anniversary marking his death, a mere 50 years. In that 50 years, we've made huge progress in our country, in our world.  I've been a part of dreams come true. And yet, a mere 50 years later, and freedom and human rights are still contentious topics and talk of the land.  As many gather this weekend for the Women's March on Washington and around the country, I pray his spirit is felt and his words continue to inspire and resonate within us all.   

"...in the process of gaining our rightful place, we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred.  We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence." ~ MLKJr.

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