April 2, 2021
Each Friday, a list of things I want to try. Designed to stretch my curiosity, challenge my beliefs, and poke my ego.
I began this in 2010 when I started the blog, then stopped after a while. Time to brush them off again, since there’s a lot to navigate in these times.
[trigger warning for one item on this week’s list. I refer to Hitler’s cruelty during the Holocaust as an example of the real challenges inherent in true forgiveness and reconciliation. This is part of my work as a white settler as inspired by the Truth and Reconciliation calls to action from First Nations People in Canada, and the work of Resmaa Menakem.]
List for Friday April 2, 2021:
- 1. Walk in the grass in bare feet, make sure there’s mud on them
- 2. In the interest of learning more about true reconciliation, try forgiving Hitler. Really forgive him without for one moment condoning the pain he inflicted and the cruelty he empowered and supported. Imagine he is my son, and I love him. What would I ask him to do in atonement? What would I ask him, period? (if I can’t forgive him that’s okay, try again when I’m ready to come back to it)
- 3. draw a frog from memory
4. Change something that’s been the same for at least six months
- 5. Finish two things then make a loud crow sound
6. Dance in my kitchen