Forgive yourself. You didn’t know. This can apply to so many areas of your life. From trusting someone that you shouldn’t, to not knowing something about yourself. The truth is . . . you didn’t know.
Part of life is the journey of discovery. We’re sent here to learn new things. If we entered this world already knowing everything, it would get boring quickly. Although a little bit of boredom might be nice sometimes. Just saying.
We learn new things every single day. It’s part of our path. Right now, so many of us are learning a lot and for some of us our entire lives have been tipped upside down. It’s ok. You didn’t know. But here’s the thing about not knowing, it’s ok until you do. Once you know and you choose to do nothing, that’s now a choice.
I’ve been struggling over the past week with how I proceed with my discoveries about white privilege and finding a way forward. To take action and to help myself and others forgive themselves for not knowing. I would normally have joined a protest but due to the pandemic, it doesn’t feel like that’s the correct choice for me. If it’s the right choice for you, I applaud you, but remember to try and stay safe. This isn’t over. We haven’t learned what we need to yet.
I saw a post on Facebook that our local church was asking people to join around the church for 8 minutes and 46 seconds while the bell rang. I’m sure most of you are aware at this point of the significance of that amount of time, but just to be sure, it’s the amount of time associated with the death of George Floyd. I really wanted to join in, but I had to find another way. I remembered that I could hear the bells from my house. So as the bells started to ring, I took a knee out on the lawn. What do I do next? I’m not sure yet, but I can’t turn back and be blind. I’m sure more will be revealed to me and you before our time is done, but we have to forgive ourselves for what we didn’t know and find a new way forward. I’m working on forgiving myself. It’s up to you to determine how to forgive yourself.
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