Not going to lie, I have been hanging on emotionally by a very thin thread all week. Everyday feeling ever more fragile and worried that the smallest thing will tip me over. But I’ve continued on...I’ve done my own writing, supported others in theirs, and dreamt up new stories...
I have answered emails, sent info, proofed things, and tried to keep my diary updated. Have had phone calls, and made phone calls, and been encouraged and encouraged where I can. And all of these things so many others could point to in their week too...
And whilst doing all of this I have watched through daily tears, the leaders of the country I live in disgrace themselves, and the leaders of the country I was born in disgrace themselves...and through those tears have worried for family and felt so unsure of the word ‘home’.
And it’s Friday. And this morning I wake up and my tears are because some how in this dark, busy world, I am reminded of kindness. I am reminded that with or without corrupt govt’s, people fight with kindness too. But never mistake the fact that fight must take more than this...
But that kindness has reminded me to be kind to myself. No matter how familiar my week must be to others and how easily I see them manage it. I must be kind to myself and rest.
Hope this helps someone else to make that decision to rest. Kindness starts at home. Home is YOU.
*And no no no new trainers won’t make you feel better Chino!!!*

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And they’re really not. The polarity that seems to be needed for us to feel validated in our values and principles in discussions is a smokescreen that simply does the very thing we are all asking for: nuance, to be seen for who we are, to be heard.
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Hate that PEOPLE are walking around with and justifying to each other in open public and civil spaces - the digital space is both of those things. And both our gov’t and media see nothing wrong it captialising and encouraging it. This is a deep corrosion of societal values...
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