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Skin in the Game

I am not one for political or even current issue posts. However, what we have seen in our nation in the past year is disturbing and scary. To be completely honest, I haven’t said anything because I don’t know what to say. I haven’t said anything for fear of accidentally saying the wrong thing. I haven’t said anything because what difference would it make? Probably none. But racism is still a very real thing. Profiling is a very real thing. I am very lucky to never have to personally be affected by these issues and likely never will be. But I know people who are and will be their whole lives. And it breaks my heart. There are broad generalizations on both sides: not all black men are criminals and not all cops are racist and/or brutal. Again, what do you say?

Recently I have seen and listened to many people discuss these issues and they say it much better than I can. So I thought I’d share. The first is Trevor Noah on The Daily Show. Although there is some fantastic comedic relieve (it is still The Daily Show) he gives a great perspective on police profiling and brutality and comparisons between this and other current “issues”.

“The point is you shouldn’t have to choose between the police and the citizens they are sworn to protect” -Trevor Noah-

 

The second discussion came at church, where Andy Stanley scrapped his scheduled sermon last minute in order to address the issue. He had an on-stage, very real discussion with Sam Collier and Joseph Sojourner, two black men affiliated with North Point Ministries. This is something the church should be talking about, this is something the church has dealt with before, and this is something the church and its people can help deal with again. I highly recommend watching this. It’s not a sermon (at least mostly not), it’s a discussion. And honestly it’s one that left me feeling sad – sad that this is an issue and what these men have to face – and hopeless – hopeless that I cannot do anything to help. But I can pray for our nation, leaders, and my community. And at the very least I can say that I am not ok with what has been happening in my country.

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What I Had Before I Had You

I wanted to go ahead and do 2 book posts this week since I finished 2 books last week. At the same time as listening to All the Bright Places, I was slowly reading What I Had Before I Had You by Sarah Cornwell. Apparently I have subconsciously been choosing the most depressing books ever, because this book also covered topics of mental illness, death, and growing up too fast. I would also not give this book rave reviews, but it has also appeared on numerous must-read lists. Maybe the summer just isn’t the time for these serious, bordering depressing reads.

This time, the story is about a women revisiting her childhood with her children in tow as she relocates post-divorce. She returns to the town she grew up in and got mixed up in the wrong crowd, but discovered the truth about her extended family that her mother had lied about. It was a little slow to get through. Only read if you are prepared for some heavy topics.

I’m moving on to a pure fun entertaining summer read next.


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Social Media Freedom

If you missed the explanation post, I gave up social media for Lent this year. It’s been 3 weeks and let me tell you…..I feel FREE.

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Ok, maybe freedom from servitude and itty bitty living space isn’t exactly the same feeling. But it’s a pretty great feeling. It really is freeing to not constantly be checking my phone, worrying about what everyone else is up to, and trying to make my life look perfect. Believe me, it is far from perfect. And this has been surprisingly easy, though not a total piece of cake. The hardest part has definitely been breaking the habit of constantly picking up my phone to check Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Well, that, and missing photos and videos of the most adorable nephew ever.

My desire to post photos has not really been curbed at all because I have done some fun stuff lately, especially attending a beautiful wedding last weekend. In all honesty, though, no one is missing those pictures (except maybe my mom, who just likes to keep up with my life because she cares).

I’m not to the point yet where I want to rid myself completely of the social media handcuffs, but I think I will at least not put the Facebook app back on my phone. That will at least help with the time wasted scrolling down my news feed and caring too much about what is being posted.