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I’m Linda, and my style is to keep my blog posts short and sweet, and always insightful. My goal is to help you expand your thinking and your world, to thrive and feel good about you.


Sep 29, 2020

Will you join me?

 

I always try to remain positive in the face of racism, but like you I experience days when I am saddened and so very frustrated. My heart aches for Breonna Taylor and for every Black person who was murdered by police officers. But I will not give up hope nor will I stop believing in the millions of Americans, Black and white, who are working toward equality for all of the citizens of America.

For over thirty years, I have nursed the concept behind the Think Bigger cards, inspirations that define the best selves of Blacks and whites. I designed cards for Blacks to help rebuild your self-esteem that has been worn down by systematic racism, and those created for Whites are meant to widen your mind and heart and the basics of sharing.

I’m so glad my cards are finally here because their messages are so valuable. They uplift each other and calm fears.  The timing couldn’t be better, wouldn’t you say?

We may be right in the middle of chaos that grows alarmingly every day, yet I’m convinced we’re right we’re supposed to be. Will you have the courage to let go of our outdated race narrative?

Always envision the best.

Sep 4, 2020

When you really want to scream

 

Phyllis asked:

I am enraged. Fellow veterans’ mail-in medications are missing, conservatives and right-wing hate groups have joined forces to raise money for a 17-year-old racist who murdered two people, FOX News attacks professional NBA and MLB athletes for supporting BLM, plus there is a damn racist living in the White House. My art is a constant, as I need to paint each day to stay level headed. Recently, I had to defend myself after being verbally abused by a white woman, yet I was the one accused as a violent agitator. I don’t want to live in a country where I am forever seen as a third-class citizen. Help!


Dear Phyllis,

Let me start by saying your feelings of frustration, powerlessness, and anger are absolutely justified. It’s a lot to process, I know. So breathe it out. 

We have it in our heads that to be fair one must listen to both sides, but does that include subjecting ourselves to abuse and hatred? Absolutely not. The inner conflict you are experiencing is a direct result of that programming.  

But all is not hopeless. There are steps you can take to protect yourself. One of the simplest yet most challenging is to unplug from social media. It doesn’t have to be forever, and you might argue that this is the way you stay connected to family and friends, but think on this: can you filter out the negativity and fear mongering in the numerous news feeds and, yes, even from friends and family? So turn off your social media.

Two, distance yourself from people, businesses, and organizations who openly dismiss equality for BIPOC—Black Indigenous People of Color—which btw includes social media giant Facebook. Why? Let’s not forget MZ overlooked how a certain foreign adversary and other hate groups targeted Blacks to sow racial discord.

Trump thrives on sowing discord.  Redirecting your attention away from him and his antics (tweets included) will certainly ease your frustration.

These are small but very effective ways to claim back your power. Just allow yourself ample time to adapt without the social media filler until you’ve regained your equilibrium. Continue using other tools at hand to channel overflowing emotions, like your art; even a favorite play list will restore your spirits.

You are not some angry Black agitator. You’re a Black American woman, a veteran, who has the fundamental rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.  

Always envision the best.

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