Just a quick check-in with an important message for you…
There’s a new (old) word in town and you need to know about it.
It’s Ubuntu. **Sounds like oo·boon·too**
When I read the words in the meme below, I was deeply touched.
No, more than that. I was gobsmacked.
I thought to myself …
If only our culture would embrace someone who makes a choice that is the antithesis of who they are… and love them in the privacy and safety of “family” (however you’ve built it – by blood or choice) until the shame disappears.
In my case, I think of one choice above all others. You can read about it here, if you feel the need. My choice created a crap-storm that detonated from the heart of me and blew up the lives of all who knew and loved me. How different would the lives of everyone be, if only?
So profoundly different… had Ubuntu happened.
Please read this before going further…
There is, of course, nothing to be done about past choices and what came after… not now… not ever. We can only go forward.
What about you? How did the words of the meme make you feel?
Here is a fabulous TedX talk about Ubuntu that begins in the dark, so don’t be alarmed. But if you – like me – need to know more, this is a great place to begin.
It’s a rainy Sunday here in Ontario, Canada. It’s a perfect day for a nap, finishing up a fiction I’ve been reading for the last two weeks, and remembering that I no longer need to carry the heavy baggage of guilt and shame over a choice I made 20+ years ago, when I was hurting and lonely. Yes, it changed everything. Yes, we all need to move forward and away from it… but first we need to set the baggage down.
You can put them down now. <<< Said in a gentle voice.
If you’ve been carrying that kind of baggage, why not set it down now? You’ve been holding it long enough. Don’t you think?
I hope you have a beautiful day!
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