A Holiday Invitation…

25 Dec
Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays

As this year draws to a close,  I suspect many of us are in an introspective mood.  Many of us are reflecting back on the losses of family and friends and social justice pioneers, such as Nelson Mandela and Lou Reed and to a certain extent Pope Francis and of course Wanda Coleman.  I know I am constantly looking at what my legacy for humanity will be. I extend an invitation for us all to challenge anyone who shows a lack of generosity and heart — to challenge these human flaws with kindness and with love.

I believe that if we are serious about eradicating racism, homophobia, misogyny, Islamophobia, and poverty, we must all be engaged – we must all stand in solidarity with one another. When we commit any type of trespass against another human being, we must be willing to do some repair work.

How lovely that we don’t have to do the heavy work of social justice in isolation, but instead we find ourselves more and more engaged with the world. There may not be a point of completion, but we have the power both individually and in community that we make progress. I challenge us all to make the world a better place and cast away the very false notion of “people need to pull themselves up by their boot straps.”

Let us hope that we are each carving out a legacy that creates equity and celebrates our shared humanity. We are all responsible in creating a  community where we can be our authentic and vulnerable selves.  I wish everyone a wonderful, safe, peaceful, and reflective holiday season.

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18 Responses to “A Holiday Invitation…”

  1. Steve December 25, 2013 at 7:08 am #

    I’m definitely with you in the cause, Michael! Thank you for a beautiful reminder as I look back over my life in 2013…and now, more importantly, as I prepare for the year to come! It’s so much better working towards this goal/these goals together…

    All the best, much love, and cheering you on for all the good you do…Steve :-) xo

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt December 25, 2013 at 7:10 am #

      Thank you, Steve. How wonderful that we are building a strong community dedicated to equity and equality. Happy Holidays! Sending you much love and good energy, Michael.

  2. Bruce Kestelman December 25, 2013 at 7:57 am #

    “We are all responsible in creating a community where we can be our authentic and vulnerable selves.”

    To you Michael, one of the lamplighters on this journey, many thanks!

    Good health, joy and peace in the year ahead and the strength and courage to continue on.

    Take care.

    Bruce

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt December 25, 2013 at 8:05 am #

      Bruce, thank you! How lovely and wonderful that we are in this community together trying to make the world a better place. Peace to you my friend, Michael.

  3. Xena December 25, 2013 at 12:00 pm #

    Reblogged this on Blackbutterfly7 and commented:
    Thank you for a wonderful, truthful, profound expression.

  4. Dr. Rex December 25, 2013 at 12:58 pm #

    So very well said!! Wonderful … so agree with your thoughts!!
    Reblog!!

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt December 25, 2013 at 3:47 pm #

      Dr. Rex, thank you. Thank you also for reblogging this post. Happy Holidays to you, my friend.

      • Dr. Rex December 25, 2013 at 4:17 pm #

        Anytime Michael!! Same here .. to you and yours. Hugs ..

  5. Dr. Rex December 25, 2013 at 12:58 pm #

    Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    What to do now???

  6. K SAADAT December 25, 2013 at 9:55 pm #

    Thank you dear one. Love and hugs Kathleen

    Date: Wed, 25 Dec 2013 14:36:30 +0000 To: banlon@msn.com

  7. Ann Koplow December 26, 2013 at 3:48 am #

    Wonderful post. Thanks so much.

  8. Central Oregon Coast NOW December 26, 2013 at 7:55 pm #

    Reblogged this on Central Oregon Coast NOW.

  9. Dr. Rex December 30, 2013 at 9:53 am #

    On another note: As the year ends, celebrate with anoth er star!! Please, accept this: http://hrexach.wordpress.com/2013/12/30/blog-of-the-year-203-award-before-the-year-ends/

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