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I Don’t Want to Grow Up. I Want to Stay a Kid.

“I don’t want to grow up. I want to stay a kid.” When baby bumblebee said this to me tonight, I was reminded of the Earth, Wind & Fire song whose lyrics read, ‘A child is born with a heart of gold. The way of the world makes his heart grow cold.’ For many of us the world almost did that or did just that. Poverty, neglect, abuse, abandonment, addiction, incarceration, if you came through any of those things or witnessed those things, if you SURVIVED those things or the effects thereof, you have so much to be thankful for, so much to praise over. You may have had your childhood taken from you or forced to grow up quickly, but you haven’t completely lost your childlike innocence if you’re still alive and reading this post. There is healing. There are second chances. ‘You will find peace of mind If you look way down in your heart and soul Don’t hesitate cause the world seems cold Stay young at heart cause you’re never, never, never old at heart’.”

Believe, Work, Love: You Are Capable!

The hardest thing for a survivor of domestic violence, women and men, to do is to walk away.  The desire to love and to be loved is such a driving force for all of us that many people are willing to sacrifice themselves at the hands of an abuser.  There are people who will love you and leave you, only be there temporarily and just long enough to get what they want whether it’s physically, emotion…ally, sexually, financially, with no real intention of trying to build a future, or who have a goal to simply control and destroy you, and not respect you.  Our society must wake up to this reality because we live in a time of casual hookups where one person is optimistically, positively hoping for/expecting more than what the other person is CAPABLE of giving because of poor upbringing, addictions, self hatred, self doubt.  Whatever thing or person is keeping you bound, let it go and BELIEVE in healthy possibilities.  BELIEVE that you can love yourself without the affirmation of another person and WORK on loving yourself.  Then, carefully search for that person who will LOVE you and love themselves too.” 

Thought: Just Because You Don’t Hit Doesn’t Mean You’re Not Abusive

Just because you don’t hit your intimate partner doesn’t mean you’re not abusive.  The mainstream perception of domestic violence, family violence is all wrong.  I’ve had plenty of men, for example, say I would never lift a hand to a woman but abuse begins in the most basic manner, psychologically.  We have to understand that our dealings with each other, the level of common courtesy, responsiveness, compassion, respect are the building blocks to relationships and most certainly healthy, intimate relationships.  Many women and men are holding on to that thread of hope that the person they love will change but if you’re with someone who is disrespectful early on in the relationship, that’s a clear warning sign to remove yourself from the relationship before you’re in too deep.   Breaking promises, convenient forgetfulness and excuses, neglect are all forms of psychological abuse.  Let’s stop looking at domestic violence as merely a physical manifestation.  It’s a problem that manifests mentally or begins in the mind.  #ChangeYourPerception

DVWMT Talkshow Present ” From Brokenness to Boldness Interviews” Hosted by QueenAfi

Lyn was a featured guest on Domestic Violence Wears Many Tags Talkshow

hosted by Queen Afi Gaston

http://www.talkshoe.com/talkshoe/web/talkCast.jsp?masterId=83271&cmd=tc

Air date :  January 7, 2014

DVWMT Talkshow Present " From Brokenness to Boldness Interviews" Hosted by QueenAfi

Sydney Harrison’s “Soul Searcher”

Sydney Harrison’s “Soul Searcher” will definitely cause you to search your own soul!

Soul Searcher - a book by Sydney Harrison

Soul Searcher – a book by Sydney Harrison

Approximately 400,000 children are in foster care on any given day (1) and approximately only 120,000 children are adopted each year in the United States (2) .  How would you feel if you were one of these children?  Or perhaps you are or were.  Soul Searcher is the touching and resilient story of one man’s courage to unravel his humbling and, to most, devastating beginnings, and future.  Soul Searcher brings enlightening meaning to the saying ‘Love yourself’ and gives us an honest insight into personal transformation.

Readers who know the pains of displacement or have been infused in the race debate of stereotypes will find their own familiar, personal, inner thoughts penned in the pages of Soul Searcher.  Sydney’s story will also move you from tears to a sense of triumph as he takes the reader through his abandonment shortly after birth, his quest to fit into society as a bi-racial youth in a racist community, and witnessing the unbroken spirit of abused and HIV infected children in Africa.

Soul Searcher is a glimpse into the life of one man, a life that says it is possible to overcome the odds if you’re willing to search your own soul, and to open up to the world around you and to  the Creator.  I recommend this book to anyone who wants a deeper, more personal understanding of what it means to find purpose for one’s own life.

For more information about this book, visit www.sydneyharrisononline.com www.soulsearcherbook.com or Amazon. You can also connect with Sydney Harrison on Facebook.

Sydney Harrison, Author and Community Activist

Sydney Harrison, Author and Community Activist

http://www.childrensrights.org/issues-resources/foster-care/facts-about-foster-care/

http://www.aacap.org/AACAP/Families_and_Youth/Facts_for_Families/Facts_for_Families_Pages/The_Adopted_Child_15.aspx

Heirlooms and Accessories: The Work of Kerry James Marshall

TWO QUESTIONS…

In what ways are we accessories to injustice and violence?

What are we passing on as heirlooms to the next generation?

 

 

09 Aug 1930, Marion, Indiana, USA --- After being accused of murdering Claude Deeter, 23 and assaulting his girlfriend Mary Ball, 19 two young African-American men are taken from the Grand County Jail and lynched in the public square. Photographed by Lawrence Beitler. --- Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

09 Aug 1930, Marion, Indiana, USA — After being accused of murdering Claude Deeter, 23 and assaulting his girlfriend Mary Ball, 19 two young African-American men are taken from the Grand County Jail and lynched in the public square. Photographed by Lawrence Beitler. — Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

Negro Lynching In Indiana

Negro Lynching In Indiana