Now is the time for compassion

WOW. What a crazy couple of weeks it has been. A lot has happened and is STILL happening.

Initially, I was not sure about writing this post. I didn’t know if I wanted to put this out into the world because quite frankly there seems to be thousands of opinion pieces about the result of the election that sound like a resounding gong. So I ruminated, meditated, and decided upon sharing my thoughts.

The election is long over. The president has been chosen but the sting still remains.

Many have just woken up to the cruelty that is the governmental system of this country while others (namely the minorities) have been living in this space for years, decades, centuries…

I don’t write this from a bitter or angry space. No matter how long it has taken for some to wake from their slumber, I am glad to see them awake. I am overjoyed that their eyes are open to begin to see things  for what they really are. From the outside looking in, it looks like chaos and it certainly is that. But I am challenging you to look at things from a different lens, a lens of hope.

Now more than ever is the time for stimulating and eye-opening conversation. Now is the time for people that are JUST waking up to this system’s cruelty to lend their listening ear and empathetic hearts.

NOW is the time for compassion.

“Compassion asks us to… enter into places of pain, to share in brokenness, fear, confusion, and anguish.”

Henri Nouwen

If you have been living a sheltered life of privilege and have not sought to understand the plight of others, I urge you to take a bold step by asking the RIGHT person the questions you may have. I emphasize the word RIGHT because you will find that some are drained from the pain they’ve had to endure and are no longer willing to share their story. That’s okay. They have that right. But there are those that want to speak and more than anything want to be heard.

Find them. Listen. Enter into the places of pain, brokenness, fear, confusion, and anguish and share that with them. Then FIGHT together, PRAY together, LEARN together and MOVE FORWARD together.

 

It’ll be hard. We have a long road ahead of us but in unity, we can do ANYTHING.

In the words of Prophet Kendrick Lamar, “If God’s got us then we gon’ be alright.”

 

Let’s do this!

 

Until next time,

Emem Joy Emah

 

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