What is the hardest thing of all?
That which seems the easiest
For your eyes to see
That which lies before your eyes.
Hello, Monitor readers,
Spring freshness is in the air and COVID-19 vaccinations are becoming more available at an increasing rate to all communities and age groups. It feels refreshing that our society values are shifting back to common sense and to America’s desire for the good of all people instead of valuing dollar sense and the good of the top 1-3%. Frankly, I am amazed that we all survived 2020. Oops, no, we all didn’t survive! We loss thousands and thousands of loved ones.
Yes, I’m still working at being optimistic for 2021 and as I have stated in previous months, it is my family, my community colleagues and allies, and good friends who keeps me upbeat when I am feeling low or frustrated with the foolishness and obvious lies that are broadcast in the daily and social media news. For instance, I recently received an email from three of the Urban Farm & Garden Alliance (UFGA) leadership team. The email was regarding insights and wisdom from our diverse cultural ancestors on norms, values, and behaviors of conduct. A team member sent a link, https://www.merriam-webster.com/words-at-play/the-origins-of-inspire, on Merriam-Webster definition of inspiration, in order to inspire us to keep the faith during our society’s paradigm shift of our nation’s desire of living-out the words We The People, particularly in light of the justice, we the people demand.
Albert Einstein, reminds us that we can’t solve a problem at the same level of consciousness that created the problem, which simple means we have to continue stretching our comfort zones into new learning zones. We also have to acknowledge and find ways to celebrate our new lessons and accomplishments of rising our level of consciousness of solving problems and possibility seeking. Paradigm shifts seems to happen at crossroads and brings up the normal questions of which way to go – left or right, back or forward. Often having map or instructions is helpful on deciding the way. However, some crossroads and paradigm shifts can be assisted by the insightfulness of Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s Little Prince, “It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.”
With that said I would like to give a Shout-Out to TPT for their wonderful airing of fantastic Black History programs during February, which provided new learning zones and opened hearts for viewers to see rightly! I hope TPT honors Black History Month every month while they honor their monthly special topics; this month I hope we all learn about ERA.
Enjoy the month of March. Keep finding the courage and support of others to stretch your comfort zones of outdated thinking and of our policies, particularly as it relates to our beautiful planet and to our humanity. This month as we highlight and honor women, let us also affirm that Black Lives Matters and to respect the call from the Red Lake and White Earth Nations to stop and shut down Pipeline 3 from destroying their land and their way of living. We are at crossroads and we can raise our consciousness to do the right thing and find practical and/or new solutions to move forward together.
I close with a quote from the late Vernon Jordan; may he rest in peace.
“You are where you are today because you stand on somebody’s shoulders. And wherever you are heading, you cannot get there by yourself. If you stand on the shoulders of others, you have a reciprocal responsibility to live your life so that others may stand on your shoulders. It’s the quid pro quo of life. We exist temporarily through what we take, but we live forever through what we give.”
May Peace Be In the Rondo, Frogtown, Hamline/Midway, & Surrounding Communities..
May Peace Be In Our Homes & Communities…
May Peace Prevail On Earth MPPOE)!!!!
BE SMART! DO YOUR PART! WEAR MASKS & STAY 6-8 FT. APART!!!