It’s time for another installment of my bi-weekly email series. In each issue, I share three resources that I have found to be helpful for myself and/or my clients. As a former librarian and a current voracious gatherer of helpful information, I’m constantly listening to podcasts, reading books and articles, and watching various videos that spark my interest.

What do all three resources have in common this week? Although there is no blatant common theme this week, perhaps courage is the experience that ties them all together.

Frances Kissling exhibits courage in her willingness to have honest conversations about a topic that is so polarized we can barely hear those on the other side.

Patrisse Khan-Cullors, the founder of Black Lives Matter doesn’t describe herself or her family and friends as courageous, but it takes a ton of courage to survive as Black person in an impoverished neighborhood in Los Angeles, CA.

Finally, Tina Cody from Overall Adventures offers some prompts for journaling about confidence and courage.

Listening:

Krista Tippett, host of the popular podcast “On Being” interviews Frances Kissling about one of the topics that is hardest for people who disagree to discuss with open minds and open hearts: abortion. Kissling is an interesting person as she is a Catholic, yet she is a strong advocate for choice. She’s also a strong advocate of the sanctity of life so that she has a foot on both sides of the question. I’m posting this episode not to convince you of one side or the other but rather to think about a new and more humane way to engage with those whom you are vehemently opposed.

Reading:

I just finished reading Patrice Khan-Cullor’s memoir: “When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir.” I’ve read many books on White Supremacy, racism, etc. Most of them were written by white people and while well-intentioned have omitted the day to day experience of what it is like to live under the pressures of White Supremacy.

This book, more than any other that I have read, illustrates in great detail the experience of what it is like to live in a racist society when you are the object of that hate. I couldn’t help but cry at our inhumanity. I think that every White person I know should read this book. I hope that it will create empathy for those who live, or more to the point, survive what our police and “justice” systems are doing to the Black community in particular, but also to People of Color in general. Black lives DO matter. Read this book and make your life matter as a fighter of systemic and individual hatred.

Watching:

Journaling is a powerful way to get to know yourself and to clear your mind. When you journal you don’t have to be perfect. You just have to be curious and honest about what you are thinking and/or feeling in the moment. It’s an opportunity for private time to get to know yourself and find out what is true for you. In all honesty, I found Tina Cody’s video by accident while surfing the web the other day. I don’t know much about her program however, this particular video, is filled with great prompts to start you thinking and feeling about courage and confidence. These days, both are necessary as we navigate the chaos of the world around us. Give yourself the gift of journaling this week and find out what is most important to you about courage and confidence.

As always, thanks for taking the time to read this newsletter. If any of these resources elicited any thoughts or feelings that you’d like to share with me, please contact me. If you like these emails, feel free to share them with other coaches, friends, clients and people walking the transformational path.

See you again in two weeks,
Judy