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Forgiveness doesn’t mean that what he did was okay. It doesn’t mean that I have to love him again, or even like him. It only means that I am able to let the hatred go, that he no longer has any kind of power over me, and that I can continue to move forward in my life.
We do not focus on our prior state as a permanent focus, but rather focus on the state in which we are heading for. Former implies being at two places at one time, in the state you were and in the state you are now. And assuming one understands that point, then the real trick is recognizing that we are shaping who we are becoming as a result.
I am not me
But the voices inside
Which haunt me
Waiting for their turn
To be heard
To the O’Neill family, friends, and loved ones of Bailey O’Neill — the Life After Hate family extends our heartfelt condolences for your loss. Your pain is our pain. Your loss is our loss. As a network of individuals who stand on the side of kindness, compassion, and basic human goodness, we hold you in our hearts, thoughts, and prayers. We will not forget. We will continue to educate. We are one. We Are Bailey.
The positive steps taken by Oberlin will light the way in the face of adversity, and thereof, will create a stronger community with the ability to face these challenges with kindness and compassion.
would you believe my disclosure
would you doubt me
would you discredit me
When you care enough to understand the people that you want to reach, you do a lot of work to facilitate that process. It’s endearing to them that you took the time and energy to truly “get” them.
Their fears. Their desires. Their problems. Their circumstances. And yes, their social location.
When you have love for people, you want them to see that if you open your mind and heart just a little, the possibilities are infinite. You can look at another person who may not share the same story of survival or live the same struggles as you, but know what its like to want love, harmony, and acceptance in your life.
There are so many people who suffer in silence and we just never see it. If you are a person who is struggling with these things then there are many resources and many ways to get help. If i can stop one person from ever trying self-harm, my whole life would be worth it.
The reason that there are gay pride parades, black history month, Cinco de Mayo, and others, is because the bulk of the calendar and the bulk of the world belong to the ruling class. It is to recognize with pride the contributions of minorities to the overall culture of our country. These celebrations give minorities a chance to share in some pride about contributions to the country.