I will start this week's article with a question.
Did you guys check out last week's recap here at the BeYouForYou Network?
If not, here is a snippet of it.
"It has been stated by the director, Maïmouna Doucouré, that "during filming [they] were extremely mindful of their age [and that] a trained counselor was present on set". Isn't the issue captured perfectly in this example? here's what I mean.
Regardless of what the intention was, regardless if they had counselors present every step of the way, regardless of this being for a movie, isn't the problem that this still happened?
We tend to justify wrongful acts for many reasons."
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#SumItUpSunday: October 18th, 2020 <<<<<<
I hope all is well with you and that this week has been filled with reminders of how fucking dope you are, moments of gratitude, and restful breaks in between.
This week's #SumItUpSunday article will touch base on
The beauty of finding a True Friend.
Focused intention and a moment of vulnerability for healthy relationships.
An insight perspective within the our energetic terrain.
One thank you note to a friend of mine, and links to check out other dope peoples that I love dear.
This week's personal goal to kick ass.
"You can bend but never break me
'Cause it only serves to make me
More determined to achieve my final goal
And I come back even stronger
Not a novice any longer
'Cause you've deepened the conviction in my soul"
Friendship is a pretty fucking amazing thing. I will be the first to admit that I cannot be friends with everybody. Don't get me wrong, I get along with just about anybody. A friendship, to me, is something different- something sacred. It's something that I have learned to appreciate more and more as I realize that I am not everybody's cup of hot steaming tea and vice versa.
There have been times that I have allowed my feelings to get hurt when a friendship blooms into a plant that will not regrow next spring. I mourn its decay. Lessons have inspired me to appreciate the nutrients that will reap from this beautiful and painful cycle. Lessons have also inspired me to appreciate and celebrate the bright colors that once danced with the wind, as it is always something I will not experience again- not the same way.
Anyways, this article is an opportunity for you and I to take a deep breath and thank all that is above and all that is below the skies for the friendships in our life. Having a support system is vital and that support system includes the ones that make you forget all your shit as well as the ones that assist you in facing that same shit straight on.
Speaking from experience, if you are on the BeYouForYou Network website, there is a chance that you are also an individual that lives through life with "extreme independence". [Recently, I read a whole facebook post speaking on "Extreme Independence" and noting it as a learned behavior and a mastered trauma response. That hit the spot and organized a lot of conversations within. Click HERE to read Jamila White.] Shit is tough, I know. People suck, not always- I promise you. This is also coming from someone that can count her best friends with one hand. I love those friends from a place in my heart that is so warm, and so protected. I love them from a place in my heart that was a task to break through, but it's a fucking treat in the other side. Sometimes it may get annoying for them, and sometimes they will annoy the fuck out of me too but it is all out of love, for love, and through love.
I will admit, there are times that I feel and believe that I am lonely. Those are only those moments when I allow my trauma to cloud my current reality. Trauma doesn't always win and trauma also doesn't always lose.
It is an everyday choice to be vulnerable and as scary as fuck as it can be, I believe in you and I believe in your connections. You are worthy of Love, Friendships, Fighting for, and you are worth your own Love.
May your friendships blossom into ecosystems of Love & Growth.
May your friendships evolve into life partnerships of mutual Respect & Evolution.
May you guys embrace each new spiritual level achieved and light each others way should one go dim.
May you fuel each other through the storms and may you water each other through droughts.
May your gardens flourish and its harvests bear fruit through lifetimes.
[God bless this Mercury Retrograde in Scorpio energy. Because even if my computer decides to crash or my communication with others intensifies, the more I surrender my pride to each situation, the more I awaken to the me I’ve always dreamt of being. Mercury’s “backwards” movement is that of reflective communication.]
A special shout out and note to my dear friend Amanda Panda.
I swear on all my art and all my future creations that the idea of not living right down the street from you is breaking my fucking heart. Thank you for calling me right back if I happen to not answer: You always help me find my phone. Thank you for understanding my trauma, respecting it, and encouraging me to work through it. I love you so fucking much.
Here's a moment of prayer for many more laughs until our stomachs fucking hurt.
I thank the universe for our dumb text conversations. I thank everything around us for always getting lost when we are driving somewhere. I thank everything within you for showing up at my house when I am silently hurting. May our friendship continue to evolve and show me hues of light the sun has never kissed me by.
Click HERE to see what Amanda has shared through the BeYouForYou Platform and more.
My other best friends:
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-Carmen. Your future favorite journalist.
-Chris Gregori. Your favorite chef.
Thank you guys for stopping by! May this coming week's challenges inspire to be stronger and kinder than ever. May this week be filled with Love, Patience, and Evolution.
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“Friendship takes work. Finding friends, nurturing friendships, scheduling face time, it all take a tremendous amount of work. But it’s worth it. If you put in the effort, you’ll see the rewards of positive friends who will make your life extraordinary.” - Maya Angelou**
“True friends are always together in spirit.” - L.M. Montgomery**
"Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born." -Anais Nin**
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