While you complain about your light bill, there’s someone with no home. While you complain about your job, there’s someone praying for a dollar. While you complain that gas is to high, there’s someone who’s only option is to walk. While you complain about your significant other, there’s someone dreaming of having somebody. While you complain about the food in your pantry, there’s someone praying for crumbs. While you complain about the world we live in, there’s someone who didn’t wake up today to see it. Your complaints are simply blessings to others. Be thankful! — (via americanbeautiful0129)
The challenge with white privilege is that most white people cannot see it. We assume that the experiences and opportunities afforded to us are the same afforded to others. Sadly, this simply isn’t true. Privileged people can fall into the trap of universalizing experiences and laying them across other people’s experiences as an interpretive lens. For instance, a privileged person may not understand why anyone would mistrust a public servant simply because they have never had a viable reason to mistrust a public servant. The list goes on.
What is so deceptive about white privilege is that it is different from blatant racism or bias. A privileged person’s heart may be free from racist thoughts or biased attitudes, but may still fail to see how the very privilege afforded to him or her shapes how he or she interprets and understands the situations and circumstances of people without privilege.
I don’t have to warn my son in the same ways that a black dad has to warn his son. I have never had to coach my son on how to keep his hands out of his pockets when going through a convenience store. Many of my black brothers are having these conversations with their boys now. Again, the list goes on.
It has been my experience that there are few things that enrage a large portion of white people like addressing racism and privilege. We want to move past it, but we are not past it. Clearly, we are not past it. So, let’s press in to it. — Matt Chandler, lead pastor of The Village Church (via jspark3000)
I do not define myself by how many roadblocks have appeared on my path.
I define myself by the courage I’ve found to forge new roads.
I do not define myself by how many disappointments I’ve faced.
I define myself by the forgiveness and faith I’ve found to start again.
I do not define myself by how long a relationship lasted.
I define myself by how much I have loved, and am willing to love again.
I do not define myself by how many times I’ve been knocked down.
I define myself by how many times I’ve struggled to my feet.
I am not my pain.
I am not my past.
I am that which has emerged from the fire. — Unknown (via onlinecounsellingcollege)
Sometimes there’s not a better way. Sometimes there’s only the hard way. — Mary E. Pearson, The Fox Inheritance (via simply-quotes)
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