THIS IS WHAT RESILIENCE LOOKS LIKE: Living Michael Jackson’s Lessons

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Was I angry? Absolutely. Did I feel powerless, like they wanted me to? Not at all. I knew Spirit was right there with me and speaking through me. Who else was quietly demanding that the men with guns treat me with dignity? Who else had the courage to say, “Even if others decided to evict us, you are carrying out the orders. You are responsible for your actions.” I know the men will be chewing on those words for a … Read More

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THIS IS WHAT EVICTION LOOKS LIKE

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The call came today, and sent me racing home from work. Three big men with guns told me to take only my essential belongings. I insisted I would take everything, as I did not want to have to dig my stuff out of their storage unit at a later date. So I packed quickly, trying to get all my possessions into the car. Before I was finished, the men complained, “We’ve been here for an hour already”, and told me … Read More

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REVOLUTIONARY, COMPASSIONATE ACCOUNTABILITY: Michael Jackson’s Power

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My shadow is tearing me apart today. Every character flaw I’ve got has been magnified x100 in the people around me this week. All of the things I’ve seen them do—lying, manipulating, cashing in at the expense of others, bribing people to not be angry at them, inventing stories with no basis in reality, turning allies into enemies, disrespecting elders, wallowing in victimhood and arrogance—I also do myself. So I’ve been working like crazy to heal the remnants of these … Read More

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HE ROCKED OUR WORLD WITH INSPIRATION: Michael Jackson’s Power

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Have you ever been forced to do something, and dug in your heels? When I was a kid, I “forgot” my first piano lesson, then “I couldn’t find the teacher’s house” for my second lesson. Finally my parents dragged me to the lessons, but when they made me practice, I could make them regret it : ) with my uninspired banging on the keys. As much as I hated it, that pattern of forcing change stuck with me. Two days … Read More

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Ten lessons in Vulnerability’s Power from Michael Jackson

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If vulnerability is power, how do I nurture it? How do I use it? And what would happen if vulnerable people used their power to change the world? In my last two blogs, I’ve been exploring vulnerability, looking at it as our best measure of courage, why vulnerable people are targeted by society, and how vulnerable people bring out our best selves and create community. To help us use it effectively, I’m pulling out more such lessons from Michael Jackson’s … Read More

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