Thanks all for hanging in here with months of changes. Sometimes what appears to be dormant, those seeds that sleep, rise to the fullness of their fruition seemingly overnight. The orchid blooms. The sparrow settles in the nest. The hands of time move gently and there is a whisper on the wind that everything's gonna be alright. Let's say I believe in believing that. I believe that on the darkest, most desperate road that as long as we cling to one another and not throw rocks in fear and panic that in the end - and in the meantime - we've got this thing called today.
On Housekeeping -
You can now reach this site or find me easily at www.riverjordan.org (yes - I meant those www's even though i know they aren't needed but sometimes man - I'm as sentimental over them as the oxford comma. )
On Novels -
The Orchardist - Find it. Read it. A Beautiful saga of love and loss, good and evil and the twisting roads of life.
On Movies -
Zootopia - surprising fun. Star Wars - YES - Whiskey Tango Foxtrot - up next.
On POLITICS -
On Bombings -
On the ways we hate each other -
I'm taking a sabattical from the terror . I'm fasting hate. I've committed today to begin my mornings praying for the state of the world. For all the colors that make us who we are. To Pray for peace instead of shaking my head in disgust or pain at the latest, latest, latest news report that talks about bullet holes in the wall of an airport. To media heads living on the pain and loss of death and destruction. The kind that rolls that story into eight, ten, twelve straight days.
Show me something that someone in this world has done for someone else for God's sake. Show me something worthy of our true time. This breathing time we have right now. It's all we have. But in the meantime - I'm stepping away not in ignorance, not because I think I can live in a pretend world that feeds me sparkles and unicorns. I'm a little more realistic than that. Ok, a lot more realistic. But my feeding on fear and fight will not bring it to a close. Me feeding my neighbors with it will not bring it to a close.
To my Friends who will vote for Donald Trump -
I love you.
To my Friends who will vote for Hillary Clinton -
I love you.
To my friends sitting on the sidelines still saying - Are you kidding me? Are you kidding me!?
I love you.
I know you are each looking through a lens that you believe is truth. I believe you are each - because I've seen it in you, I've seen you in action - all of you - capable of more than you realize, of divine good and love and understanding.
I believe when you put two people in a room - any room - a waiting room, a death room, a conference room, an elevator, that they begin to share stories. And in those stories blue, red, purple - they find their common humanity .
So I am fasting fear. Taking a sabbatical from hate. I'm choosing to bow a knee to the power that I believe every human has - to pray for that we believe is possible. The best in us. I've seen the best in us. It's not something I'm willing to release, to let go, to flush, to give up on. I'm dedicated to praying for the Donald's and Hillary's and their supporters on both sides of the fence and for this country and the crazy UK and my friends around this blue baby we call home. Praying for Peace yes, but that word is so overused no one even knows what to do with it. I'm praying for humanity. For neighbors to begin to be neighbors again. For strangers to look someone in the eye and ask how they are and actually give a damn, man.
Cause this is us. That's what we have when we come down to it. Each other. And, if you think the truth is sliding through all those airwaves and radios and televisions - I'm thinking we need to all get a little still, and a little silent, and listen to the deep truth we hear rising in our hearts.