On finding your tribe

One of the greatest possibilitiesOf the ongoing human experimentIs that the people we find kinship withMay not share our bloodOur skinOr our beliefs,But have the eyesTo see one another truly.Deeply.With hearts that have the depth and breadthTo hold space for each other.We do not need to be the sameTo walk with one anotherBut we do […]

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On fighting to be heard

Some people make the roomFeel smaller.Like there isn’t enough oxygenFor their existence and yours,Insufficient bandwidthTo carry all our intellect,Inadequate fundsFor us to spend our time togetherSimply beingAnd not competing.There’s nothing quite like the feelingThat you are fighting to be heard,Exerting yourselfIn defence of your right to be here,Using precious energyThat could be better usedIn service […]

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On putting our knives away

When things get heatedAnd conversations grow horns,Our hearts respond in turnBy coming dressed for the occasionBearing knives.Knives that are too easy to pick upAnd too hard to put down-Lacerations of the tongueTargeted jabs of the replyAnd the ever-threatening knife to the throatOf a sharp tone of voice.Its unfortunate that long afterThe final word has been […]

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Soft hearts, thick skins

Being numbIs not a great way to be human.Neither is being one without boundaries,Without barriers from the harsh elements.We need thick skins-Not to tolerate abuseBut to keep from being unable to distinguishBetween insults to ignoreAnd wrongs that need righting.We need soft hearts-That still know how to cryAnd how to appreciate, deeply,The existence of others.We cannot […]

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Welcome to humans

Good intentions go awry regularly,Offence is never far,Fear is always close,Misunderstanding to be expected.We love diversityUntil it tampers with our sacred cows,Superficial strides toward unityAre the easiest to make,We laugh at the truthAnd cry at perceived hurts,Routinely undervaluing our treasuresAnd overestimating our shortcomings.Its a lot to be human.Deep breaths are necessary,Apologies need not be scarce,Laughter […]

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Understanding others

Doesn’t mean condoning their folly Or overlooking the pain that they cause, But it does involve being curious   About where they are coming from And bringing an ear to hear  Not just their words but their heart.  It is a fools errand  To try and change another person, So rather than assuming victimhood And reacting […]

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Canyons

Our internal lifeRefuses to stay hidden.How we deal with traumaAnd what we think we are worthy ofInvariably manifest themselvesIn the texture of our lives-How we love or fail to loveAnd how we make senseOf the journeys God has placed us on.Much is spoken about the great mountainsThat we must climbBut true freedom is foundIn finding […]

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Backing vocals

Restraint is underrated.Knowing that you haveThe vocal rangeTo dominate a roomAnd yet choosing not toSays a whole lot more aboutYour personhoodThan your musicianship.Mighty is the manWho is not mastered by his talentsNor mesmerizedBy his own possibilities,For his ear is far more pleasedWith collective harmonyThan personal gloryAnd he sees it as no abuseOf his own stationTo […]

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Opportunities for victimhood

Abound.A never-ending supply, it seems.Even on your strongest dayYour heart can find reasonsTo whineTo magnify unfairnessTo abdicate responsibility.Rising above victimhoodIs a continuous choiceA moment by momentPosture of heart,Reminding yourselfAgain and againOf the version of your storyWhere you are wholeAnd wholesome,Steady on your feet,Buoyant in your heartDetermined in your spiritThat despite the famines you’ve facedAnd the […]

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