If we genuinely seek transformation—of ourselves, of our relationships, of the world around us—for the sake of human rights and the expression of our human freedom, we must actively pursue ideas outside of familiar boxes. This means:
The more you choose to hear beyond yourself, the more distinct your own voice becomes.
You become the twirler of your own inner fire.
The target becomes clear.
Your rest and your care makes you ready.
Your voice is a different voice.
You celebrate this non-monolithic way that
black spreads and gets into it all.
Our ancestors celebrate, too.
When their bodies left,
their egos return soft as
when they came here.
You are thankful for this
Spirit of love your folk
know in this vast void.
I am thankful that Spirit is not bound by the limits that humans have created. We must walk with our feet on a certain ground-or maybe even across several. Meanwhile, our hearts and hands continue to build more of what we have never seen before.
OH, AND SOME QUANTUM AFROFUTURISM FO YA. SO MANY WAYS TO GET FREE:
So, real talk: working within teams is very difficult for me. Yup, I said it.
It absolutely has nothing to do with others. Simply put, within my head exist deadlines, administrative minutiae, and creative ideas that have no ceiling. It can get pretty wild in there! Funny thing is, it is by working with and leading a team that I am learning my strengths, weaknesses, fears, triumphs, and more. It is by facing the parts of myself that are difficult to live with, and by having a team to support me, that I am able to grow, heal, and soar. Over and over again. I am expanding!
I am an artist, an intellect, and an organizer of transformative spaces, and I also happen to live with depression, anxiety, and have mastered the class of self-criticism and judgment with perfect scores! Imposter syndrome? Yes, of course, this is absolutely a part of the cocktail!!! So, what is it that keeps me alive, focused, clear? What is it that moves when I cannot? What is it that challenges the aspects of myself that seek perfection, approval, or that become self-righteous in my pursuit of a fuller life? What keeps me in check, loves me, builds me, and catapults me?
Remember that thing I said I didn't like to work within?
TEAM. TEAM. TEAM.
The thing about Speaking Down Barriers is that while it does its work in the world, it also does its work within me and each one of our team members. I praise #SDBSquad for their commitment, their courage, and for sharing their gifts with me and the world.
You speak down barriers in my life. Forever, I thank you.
P.S. And my girlfriend & family are on a whole other level of support, ego-checking, and safe harbors. I shall "Be humble. Sit down." Love to my "yes and no" folk, telling me the truth to grow me.
Write as if your life depends on it....
one of our poets, Southern Styles, begins a poem with this very line. i believe that if we all saw how this world depends on our ability to create something, we'd do it. we'd look at fear for what it is and say "I'm doing it anyway"...
we would heal this world.