if you show

someone the sun in your bones

and they reject you

you must remember.

they hurt themselves this very same way.

 

—-unable

 

 

 

By Nayyirah Waheed

Her compilation of poetry, Salt, is a must-read.

Inspirational and thought-provoking.

You can also find Nayyirah Waheed on TwitterInstagram, & Tumblr.

 

Conservation Required

I’m obsessed with all of the beautiful plant life in California: palm trees, succulents, moss, vines, so many vibrant flowers…

Such a different landscape here on the West Coast, as compared to growing up on a farm in the Midwest. The ground feels different, the plants here in San Diego, alien-like and fascinating.

I am so appreciative to be able to wake up and take a walk each day, surrounded by these lovely things, sprouted from the earth. Surely, this is a feeling that most California transplants experience. 

The sense is a little surreal, especially in juxtaposition with my lifelines back home, posting photos of snow and sleeping trees. Although, the snow has been so minimal this winter, it doesn’t feel the same. 

It’s got me thinking about climate change, and the rate at which our earth is being altered.

It’s scary.

We need to conserve our natural resources and change the harmful ways in which we’re slowly draining the earth.

We could make a change if we would all just commit.

Here is just one of many petitions to encourage global citizens to speak up about climate change,  this one originating in South Africa by Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

The Change.org petition calls upon U.S. President Barack Obama and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon to set a target of 100% renewable energy by 2050.

Radical, yes. But, possible with cooperation and tireless work. It’s all part of a bigger picture, that so many of us are failing to recognize. 

Click here to lend your voice to the solution! It takes literally, one minute. 

Photo taken in my backyard, 3/12/16.

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Dropping the Weight of Jealousy and Envy

There will always be people who will be better than you at things you’re good at. There will also be people who will be worse.

Don’t worry yourself with that.

Free yourself of the immense stress of needing to be ‘better’ than another. You are in competition with nobody but yourself, the person who you were yesterday, last week, last year.

Don’t compare yourself to others. We are each travelling on such unique paths in life, along the way creating the experiences that determine who we ultimately become.

We all have different talents, and unique ways of going on with our lives, and interesting ways of dressing and adorning our bodies. These differences are what make life beautiful. Interacting with each other and appreciating these qualities, that’s what makes a memory, a connection, a relationship.

The more the merrier. Teach one another.

2016 baby.

Don’t associate your victories or losses with anybody but yourself.

Instead, extend a helping hand to those who may benefit from your guidance. Celebrate those who have accomplished what you hope to–and learn from them.

Change is constant. Nothing stays the same for long, accept this and move more fluidly, in both mind and body.

Allow yourself to enjoy the uncomfortable moments, those disagreements and crossroads of opinion. Proceed with grace and hunger for knowledge in these moments. Look for what you can take away from the situation.

Be honest with yourself. Live your truths, unapologetic. Not everyone will like the decisions that you make, the way that you choose to play out your deck of cards, but that is OK. It’s OK. It’s OK.

It’s perfect, because you said so.

It’s yours.

That’s the only reinforcement that you need.

Artwork by Ambivalently Yours