I heard the above while at a Brother Ali concert recently. It had never been my favorite Stevie Wonder song, but as an anthem to long-term survival I can think of few better tunes.
That song played in my head as I read the two articles below. Check ’em out. I think they actually have a lot to do with each other.
[Masters] are scanning social environment for things they can appreciate and say thank you for. They are building this culture of respect and appreciation very purposefully. Disasters are scanning the social environment for partners’ mistakes…
there’s a great deal of evidence showing the more someone receives or witnesses kindness, the more they will be kind themselves, which leads to upward spirals of love and generosity in a relationship.
As an organizer affianced to the love of my life, I not only thought of this personally (what kind of existence do I want to inhabit in my time on Earth?) but in terms of the challenge it posed: what kind of movement do I want to be a part of creating?
And on another tip:
The fact is that I can travel through east Baltimore or any urban inner city (BLACK) neighborhood for under 10 minutes and introduce you to the hardest-working Americans in our country. I know a guy that guts houses for $50 a day, a rack of uncertified tax preparers, too many single moms with triple jobs, some freelance freelancers, infinite party promoters, squeegee kids, basement caterers, back-alley auto mechanics, dudes of all ages selling bottled water and a collection of Mr. Fix Its, all living in a two-block radius. We are all American dream chasing, all trying to start our own business, all working our asses off…
She still works hard but will be only judged for not following traditional rules, which is unfortunate because there are so many hardworking people like us who are forced to create our own industries as a direct result of being isolated by society. To me that poses a bigger question. Why employment inequality for African-Americans is always identified as laziness?
Word. Peace and love, yall.