Filter Through The Noise

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Take a few deep breaths and repeat.

Listen…listen…listen.

Before the news coverage rolls and opinions fly like planes through the sky, prepare yourself.

Listen.

What am I talking about? The Mike Brown case and Ferguson. No one knows what is going to happen, but if you have your finger on the pulse it is rapidly speeding up and has a high possibility of bursting. It has been 95 days since the killing of Mike Brown; pain has spilled onto the streets and waiting has turned into anger.

One of the unique experiences in our short life was living in Los Angeles, but specifically in Watts. They are places with rich history of struggle. In LA there have been two riots in the last 50 years. The people you share your yard with and the places you do your work shape the way you think and feel.  Largely these riots produced nothing, but hear me out. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. famously said “a riot is the voice of the unheard.”

Be careful to not only think but feel. Remember, as someone recently told me, your relationships. Feel the pain of your hand as you removed it from the wall after a fight that wasn’t going your way. Remember the tears that flooded out, but words were hard to find. This level of frustration is confusing and most often we know it doesn’t make sense, but we feel so hopeless it is all we can do.

I hope peace can be the dominating force in America and beyond. From a place of deep respect and love we must find it in ourselves, no matter our opinion or even sometimes the facts, just to listen. Let’s be instruments of mercy offering a place for the pain, confusion, frustration, and history to be heard.

Take a few deep breaths and repeat.

Listen…listen…listen.

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