A TEDX talk — Kate Davies Designs

If you are in (or near) Edinburgh this Saturday, perhaps you’d like to come and hear me speak at Herriot-Watt’s TEDX event? The focus is “breaking barriers” and I’m going to be talking about brain injury, craft, and creativity alongside some other really interesting speakers. The event is at the Caledonian Hotel on the corner […]

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I’m here for you

I am heartbroken and sad and confused for the world today. We are so broken and disconnected from one another and we refuse to talk about it.

Our children are killing themselves. We are killing each other. We’re on serious drugs to dull the pain. We try to do anything and everything to numb the pain we feel in our souls. To ignore what is happening around us. Why?!?

Because we’ve all bought into the world’s story, and what did we get in return? The promise of something “better?” Happiness? A healthier world? Something we can actually be proud of? Imaginary power over others?

Lies and illusions and more empty promises for a better tomorrow.

If we wanted to solve the problems we face, we could, but we choose to let the loudmouths speak for us and elect “leaders” who are more interested in preserving their own interests than doing what is right and just and listening to ALL the people they were elected to represent.

We mistake the rejection of someone’s values for a rejection of the person. Just because we don’t agree with someone doesn’t mean we shouldn’t love and care for them. We can’t just stand there and scream past each other hoping the other person will give up first and bow to our will. We need to listen to each other and respect the other person’s opinions. We can’t make progress any other way.

I am choosing to opt out of the way we have been doing things. It’s not the solution and never will be. If you want a someone to listen to your point of view, even if they don’t agree with it 100%, I’m here. If you need a hug and someone to comfort you, I’m here. If you need a friend or ally or anything at all, I’m here. Call or text me. We can get a beer or chocolate milk or skip stones on a river or lay in the grass and watch clouds or go for a run or just sit in silence on the front porch and listen to the birds tell us their secrets. It’s up to you, but I’m here for you and the world.

Peace and blessings,
jgm

jgmitchell@gmail.com

Peacemakers

This is something I was thinking about a couple of weekends ago at the Air Museum, we are better at killing people from a distance than we are at taking care of them up close.

I am not against defending oneself or family, but I fear we have been the active aggressors against those we disagree with.

“We have grasped the mystery of the atom and rejected the Sermon on the Mount. . . . Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants. We know more about war than we know about peace, more about killing than we know about living. —General Omar Bradley [1]”