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Don’t Add to the Woes, Strengthen the Wonders
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This isn’t a ginormous challenge or task but a thought-provoking prompt to think about something you can do to make your part of the world better. All too often, we witness daily occurrences of people adding to the woes of the world, instead of strengthening and celebrating the wonders it beholds. Still, there are many of us who are activating or have activated our gifts and talents to contribute, distribute and duplicate, instead of falling into the trap of complacency, complicity, and selfishness. We can heal the world, but we need to clean the societal lacerations and apply ointment to begin healing the wounds. You don’t need a lot, but simply use what you got.
Standing in the Gap
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Are you standing in the gap for someone today? Is it for a family member, a friend, a coworker, or perhaps a stranger? The term, “Standing in the gap” is more associated with Biblical references.
“So I sought for a man among them who would make a wall, and stand in the gap before Me on behalf of the land, that I should not destroy it; but I found no one.” Ezekiel 22:30 (NKJV) Essentially, when the wall of the city was breached, vulnerable to destruction, the only way to secure the city was for people to risk their lives by physically standing in the gaps of the wall to fight the enemy.
But today, I think about standing in the gap for innocent people and for those who are vulnerable to challenges that are tough to deal with on their own. Many times this type of breach may not be in a physically destructible way, but the spiritual aspects of it can be devastating. Sometimes people ask you to stand in the gap by praying for them, particularly when they are going through grief and other life-altering occurrences. We show our support through our love, empathy, actions, and compassion. Sometimes our strength and support, when we stand in the gap, can empower the person we are there for and form a “united front” to defeat or at least make those destructive and challenging forces, back down.
Think about what you can do to stand in the gap for someone who truly needs a support system with a defense mechanism they didn’t know they had. Trust me, all of us need someone to stand in the gap for us too at some point and time. That time could be right now.
Fight or Flight?
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Recently, I’ve been watching movies made about and based on the life of real people who advocated for change that helped to make things better for those who lacked the means in many areas. These individuals saw the problem and wanted to do something to help fix a broken system. While others felt it wasn’t worth the fight to change the “ginormous” Goliath that stood in their way, they fled while a few brave martyrs decided to take a licking for the cause, while they kept on ticking.
When these stories of fighting for the marginalized or the targeted unfolded, the ugly head of obstruction and corruption was standing there to beat such advocacy back down. Of course, this is the underlying cause of why so much goes undone, preventing what can be changed, left unchanged. People feel discouraged and defeated because their efforts look deflated. As much as the advocates, those fighting for good and positive change feel bruised, beaten down, and criticized, they find some measure of strength to keep fighting anyway.
Those who feel as if they are on the bottom rung of the ladder are only seeking equity, opportunity, and a chance to get out of their condition of dire straits, not a handout or money grab. People tell them to pick themselves up by their bootstraps but what if they have no boots? Then what?
Those movies about actual people, these advocates on the front lines of fighting for justice for people who are too weak or broken to fight themselves, seem to always face some form of intimidation by someone wielding power. When you would think they might say it wasn’t worth it and wash their hands from the situation, they muster the strength to rise up, brush themselves off and make more noise than the intimidators. They continue to fight anyway. These individuals weren’t rich influential people who can write a check in a blink of an eye, and move on. No, there is something about these ralliers who remember the reason why they started fighting in the first place, and they refuse to tuck their tails in between their legs and take flight when the going looks dismal.
The majority of the people I know, many of whom are reading this message right now, are compassionate, sensitive, kind, good, loving, and tenderhearted. You have a genteel spirit, and for those who are too weak and wary of fighting, but try to stand up to the Goliaths only to be smacked down, it pisses you off and makes you spit-fire angry. Many of you know the story of David and Goliath. When we (Davids) realize the power of numbers in standing for what is just, then to hell with the flight. Each of us has the power to lift our voices through numerous channels and in a peaceful, yet powerful way. Find your place where you can serve your purpose to continue building a society that unites and fights, not incites.
I saw a movie years ago that was circa the Gladiator era. While I don’t remember the name of the movie, I remember one of the most poignant messages from it. A bullish, arrogant fighter wanted to fight the greatest gladiator, but this great gladiator refused, even though he knew he could beat him. A little boy who the great gladiator was mentoring, asked why the fighter who was already bloodied and beaten by the arrogant fighter kept getting back up, only to be punched back down to the ground, half-dead, again and again. (Paraphrasing) “Why doesn’t he just stay on the ground? He lost,” the little boy asked. The great gladiator looked at his mentee and said, “Honestly, the bloodied one on the ground who keeps getting back up is the one who actually won the fight.”
The Possibilities of Life
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Could we paint a clearer picture of greater possibilities, add light to the darkest of rooms, write stories that depict the warmth of what home is or could be, write a poem from where the heart is, cook a meal that can fill and satisfy the body and soul, snap a photograph that will allow others to imagine the vastness of what you see, or sitting with a friend, sipping tea and gazing out at life with all of its possibilities?
Just allow the possibilities of this moment to simmer within, and permeate outward…far and wide.
REBLOG: Poet Kym Gordon Moore on trailblazing women pioneers, unsung heroes & everyday leaders [When Women Inspire]
I am so honored to be published on When Women Inspire with this piece I contributed for Women’s History Month. I was so delighted to join the other inspiring and fabulous women who shared their expressions of appreciation for the women who inspired them.
Poet Kym Gordon Moore on trailblazing women pioneers, unsung heroes & everyday leaders
By Christy Birmingham-Reyes / equality, gender, glass ceiling, inclusion, leadership, life lessons, poetry
For Women’s History Month, today’s guest post comes from author, poet, and podcast host Kym Gordon Moore. Her post highlights an important point – Whether famous or not, you can move us forward as women, whether on a global or local scale (or somewhere in-between the two). Kym has a special way with words, as her poetry and this post show. She is also a dear friend. I hope you find this written piece from her as valuable as I do.
Kym Gordon Moore guest posts: ‘Trailblazing pioneers, unsung heroes, everyday leaders’
“Well-behaved women seldom make history.” – Written in a 1976 paper by University of New Hampshire history student, Laurel Thatcher-Ulrich
As I ruminated about the question “Who inspires you in history and why?” for Women’s History Month, I thought about the women who have been extraordinarily phenomenal and inspirational to me throughout the years. As corny as this may sound, there really isn’t one woman I can directly point to. My PowerPoint presentation would be endless with a long list of women, past and present, who continue to inspire me on my journey.
For example, my mother influenced my early spiritual guidance and creative development. Ninety-nine percent of my high school teachers, who were females, inspired my academic excellence. My sister let me know that it was okay to dare to be different. Harriet Tubman, a former slave and American abolitionist, inspired me with her bravery and fierce determination to fight for freedom. Lucille Ball, Moms Mabley, and Carol Burnett paved the way for female comedians and let us know it was okay to laugh when we wanted to cry.
Buffalo Calf Road Woman, a Northern Cheyenne woman and warrior in the Battle of Rosebud, fought to save her people and rode with the warriors despite some opposition because she was a female. Maya Angelou, an amazing storyteller, entertainer, and poet, was also a powerful voice during the Civil Rights Movement.
U.S. First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, who was mocked for her unattractiveness, overcame challenges and found her voice as a champion for human rights on a national platform. Malala Yousafzai, who survived a point-blank shot to the head and was left for dead by the Taliban, continues to stand up as an advocate for educating girls.
So, while it is difficult to narrow my list to one woman who has influenced and inspired me up to this point, my tribe is too great. I stand on the shoulders of global maternal trailblazing pioneers, many who are unsung heroes and everyday leaders. These women fed and nurtured our minds, bodies, and spirits with unlimited possibilities of aspirations, courage, and hope.
Now, there has always been a patriarchal domination and focal presence throughout every sector of our society since the beginning of time. But men couldn’t do it all by themselves. We aren’t here to replace men. We are merely saying that we can make greater strides by being unified and not stifled of our voices, gifts, and talents to achieve great things.
Women continue to break glass ceilings by innovating, pushing the envelope to breach the lines of limitations, and boldly marching with dignity to entities where we were once forbidden to enter. Women refuse to be terrorized just because we are different. We learn to adapt to greatness, not complacency.
I thank those heroines, these remarkable women who have paved the way for us, saying it’s okay to take a seat at the table, whether we are invited or scoffed for sitting down, just because we are running with the torch of light to shine on others.
Thank you, Christy Birmingham-Reyes, with When Women Inspire, for inspiring us to think about women, famous or not, who have inspired us.
About today’s writer, poet Kym Gordon Moore
Kym Gordon Moore, author of We Are Poetry: Lessons I Didn’t Learn in a Textbook, uses her platform to shift and uplift the narrative of poetry. Her mission is to employ poetry in building bridges of dialogue by displaying greater compassion, awareness, inclusivity, and learning opportunities when creating unity within and outside the borders of literary art. Learn more about Kym Gordon Moore on her self-titled website.
👉🏼 Short, Sweet, Savory, and Serious
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Life is precious and when it’s over, it’s over. It is what it is. We don’t want to stand or sit here and think about the time we wasted on silliness and foolishness. Our clock continues to tick. We can’t erase past or present mistakes. We can only learn from the takeaways of those lessons and add value to the life we have yet to live.
My Anchor of Hope
Poem Credit: Kym Gordon Moore (http://www.kymgmoore.com)
My hope is Rock-Solid!
Better Than You Ever Thought
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Better Than I Think
The task seems so great
And I feel so small
but one thing I can admit
I will certainly give it my all.
©Kym Gordon Moore
You got this and you can do it too! All you have to do is try, and you can become a better you.
Enjoy the Little, Appreciate the Big
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Enjoy the little things and you will learn to appreciate the big ones.
Today is a new day to make a fresh start, so get up and get at it.
Be kind to others, but first be kind to yourself.
Today is a day to rejoice and be glad, so spread love not hate.
I am wishing every one of you reading this post, peace, and blessings, so go on out there and do something fun. Create something magical. Make something awesome!