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rewind a lil: “on deception”

11 Apr

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Seeds.

21 Jan

Food for thought, everyday. Consider it daily bread. Consider them seeds…

on love.

naiveté is foolish, love is not. there is wisdom and power in being free enough to know the difference…  -me

the thing about love is, you can’t want after it.  you cannot acquire it in longing.  it’s the kind of designation you have to just do, and be.  that’s what “love, period” means.  love.   -me

on living.

true freedom does not experience resistance as resistance.  -me

cowards may survive, but they never live.  -me

keep things close enough to truly know them, and far enough to constantly see.  -me

“dreams require you to live a self approved life.”  – mastin

if you can do better, do better.  respect yourself, be great.  there are few excuses worth the weight of our potential.  -me

on deception…

12 Jan

(there may be a stigma attached to suicide, but there are some everyday sleepwalkers among us who take ourselves out of the game everyday.  we become our own enemies.  we use our weaknesses to explain unattained goals.  or the impossibility of perfection to justify mediocrity.  we never let go of mistakes.  we stop trying, and give up prematurely.  i see this as a different sort of death…  have you checked out?)

this is “for colored girls who have considered suicide…” and everyone else, too.

Deception convinces us that we’re alone. It teaches us that mental illnesses and diseases are shameful realities that should be held in secret. Deception bullies you into believing that you deserve being hurt, or abused, or talked about. It seduces you into settling, and accepting that your life is as good as you can have it, even though you want more. It is never forgiving yourself. Or any of them. Deception reminds you everyday that you’re not worth it. And it accepts death and failure while your heart is still beating, and your dreams are still alive.

Deception is dangerous, because it is convincing. It uses your vocabulary, plays into your fears. It remembers your past and knows each of your weaknesses – this is how it holds your life hostage. And it is far easier to believe Deception than it is to re-imagine possibilities. It is easier to believe Deception than it is to face the challenge of resisting it – a risk you fear might prove Deception was right all along. But that is cowardice, another deception. And while cowards may survive, they never truly live. In order to free yourself from your deception, you must constantly reaffirm your aspirations and commitments. You must live according to the reach of your desire, and not according to the limits inscribed by your fears. You have to be deliberate, refuse that deception and tell yourself instead of death, “I want to live.”

(artwork by frank morrison)

title from ntozake shange’s choreopoem, “for colored girls who have considered suicide when the rainbow is enuf”…it is a must-read.

29 Dec

cowards may survive, but they never live.

(artwork by frank morrison)


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