I Remind Myself, in Troubled Times

  1. Have the courage to accept our responsibility and our pain as our starting point.
  2. Imagine, seek and honor the most compelling truth of “the other side.” Abandon demeaning speech and belittling thoughts.
  3. Forgive others for not being perfect, for not being fully “woke” on all fronts, recognizing that I am not either.
  4. Recognize partnership is meeting, is the step toward. The attempt is a creative act.
  5. Honor the beginning–return to why I reached out in the first place, even when reasons to walk away arise during sticky middles.
  6. Open myself to difficult conversations. Silence, as Audre Lorde said, won’t save us.
  7. Practice radical humility and care and elevate the sacred in each human being, just as fraught, vulnerable, loving and in need as I am.
  8. Forgive myself for failing, and try again.



About sputnitsa

Born in the US, I grew up in Africa and the West Indies, and returned stateside in my teens. After a decade in international development, democracy work, and inclusivity training for domestic NGOs, I joined Peace Corps, and after a year, experienced my first Russian invasion. I followed that up by volunteering with refugees and youth, and after some vacation time climbing minarets and mountains, I returned to New York City, where today I work on social justice with college students, produce short films, and write.
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