Thursday, May 10, 2007

April Just Posts

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Just One.

As I pondered on my topic for this month's roundtable introduction, I thought about how we can only do good in the world if we are first good to ourselves. If our well is dry, we'll not look outside the walls of our own homes and into the lives of others. If we've lost our voice, we'll not be able to talk about what we believe in. And if we lose that, we lose everything.

I've experienced this lately, and the desire to draw inward has superceded my will to do good for the first time in many years. I can see how easy it is to turn off, to close the windows, to stop feeling the world. While I might visit here temporarily, I cannot stomach residing here. The colors are cloudy without the passion and determination for the things I believe in. Which is why when times of drought we have a community we can lean on and allow others to carry the water for a while. But only for a while, because we must be the change we want to see in the world, and that starts inside each of us and radiates outward.

So this month, for myself and for all of you, I wish for peace, I wish for determination, and I wish for compassion; for ourselves and for our world. And I challenge you as I've challenged myself: allow yourself to be moved by the suffering and the beauty in our world.

The writers of our April Just Posts have all done just that in a variety of ways; whether it's grieving over the tragedies of the past month, pondering the ongoing state of affairs, or being moved by unspeakable beauty or suffering. It's all captured here with many voices singing many different songs. And you've chosen to share that energy with others, and I have to believe that alters the vibrations on the side of good. Thank you for carrying my water.

Ann with an uneven playing field
Andrea with crime and punishment
Slouching Mom with we-could-try-not-going-gentle-into-that
Chani with forced-therapy-and-cho-seung-hui and you'll have to pry my multivitamins out of my cold dead fingers and gun control
Cecilieaux with information free society
Mad with because smart women turn me on
Bon with mercy in the world
Crazymum with woman-on-streetcar-i-saw-her
Venessa with i-have-been-thinking-about-this
Redneck Mommy with looking-for-a-hand-out
Neen with it's not too late
Bad with darkness-calls-me-every-night
Jen with hard on the outside, unexpected gospel and my friend bob
Gwen with this-little-light-of-mine
John with rockwell and ruby
Little Monkies with a new day is dawning, America
Alejna with last minute earth day gifts
Lucia with oventic
Julie with Justice and Forgiveness Pt 1, Pt. 2 and just reporting a tragic story
KC with getting to 2nd base and closed doors
Alice with spring flings and baby warriors and stranger in a strange land
Susanne with my son wanted pink shoes
Jenn Satterwhite with The Twilight Zone and teaching understanding of disabilities
Mouse with putting plastic on notice and natural vs. synthetic
Karen with At nearly 33 years old
Girl con Queso with I won't do this story justice
S. with blogging against disablism

Many of these posts were submitted by the women below. Thank you for making sure we didn't miss a thing.

Chani
Anne
KC
Susanne
Lawyer Mama
Jess
Flutter
Alejna
Hel
Kim
Catherine
Mad

Don't forget to stop by Mad's end of the table to see what's rattling around in her soul this month. If you want to get on the mailing list for next month's just post roundtable, email me at girlplustwo(at)yahoo(dot)com. We're here every month on the 10th, and it's our sixth month anniversary next time, and as such I expect to pull out all the stops.

97 comments:

KC said...

I'm amazed, Jen, at how many voices sing each month. This is a good thing. Thanks to you and Mad for channeling and recognizing how compassion is spread and multiplied. xo

Lucia said...

This is so true...

I want to sit and read all of these posts you've listed...but, alas, I need to pack.

crazymumma said...

I know what I am reading tonight....all of these wonderful posts.

Thanks Jen...I hope it feeds you soul.

NotSoSage said...

You carry ours (and many others') every single day, Jen. That's why my heart rejoices and is pained by this community we have going here. How I would love to be able to just drop by and fill your well with water (or with wine) face-to-face, now and then.

Thank you.

deb said...

It's true what you say, you can't give anything back if you have nothing left to give. Women, especially, seem to drain the well dry. I know I do and then I panic and get very grumpy when what I needed to do in the first place, was to take better care of myself.

I have a hard time looking at all the nastiness, ugliness and plain meaness in the world because I'm so tired, so much of the time. And I feel bad about that. I know I have to take care of my daughter but it leaves me with so little left over.

Her Bad Mother said...

As always, a standing O for the two of you, and all these awesome, awesome, big-hearted writers.

Mad Hatter said...

Your well will never run dry, dear Jen.

Bon said...

you move me, and challenge me, and i thank you.

and like notsoSage, i wish i could carry the water for you for awhile, and drop by with wine.

Susanne said...

Peace to you too, Jen. And yes, we have to care for ourselves first.

Thank you again for organizing this and like kc I'm amazed how many of us tune in.

Really five months already? Wow.

QT said...

Thanks for all your work on this, sister. I, too, can't believe it will be six months gone by soon.

Lawyer Mama said...

Peace and compassion is an excellent wish.

I can't wait to read through all the posts.

kgirl said...

great stuff. I'll have to go check out the posts I didn't catch.

thailandchani said...

Balance is always important. :) You can't give from an empty well.. and there's a fine line between sacrifice and martyrdom.

Great posts, as always. Great morning reading over decaf. :)


Peace,

~Chani

Beck said...

These must take SO much work. Thank you.

Karen Forest said...

You inspire such a desire to do good.....and to help.

It is contagious and I am glad.

Deezee said...

wise words.

for me the challenge comes in seeing the beauty through the ill in the world. I guess it's all about understanding balance...

ewe are here said...

wow. so many topics...fantastic!

And everyone needs to take time for themselves. Otherwise, you'll have nothing to give.

Bob said...

I hope that you find what you're looking for soon and are able to achieve peace of mind.

Just in the little I have learned of you here I know that you will find a way to continue to make a difference in this world. There is a greatness of spirit in you that won't be contained and won't be satisfied until it is shared with others in need.

Momish said...

Being able to turn it off and regenerate is just as admirable a trait as any. It is what keeps you in the right mind to stay productive and make a difference when you are back in action.

What a great list of amazing minds and hearts! I have my weekend reading list!

Redneck Mommy said...

I am honoured.

Inappropriate hugs and bloggy kisses to you and Mad.

You know I heart you both.

Ann D said...

Thanks for continuing to inspire us to keep posting, Jen -- and thanks, everyone, for all the posts. I've bookmarked this page so I can savour a few a day.
Hugs all around, Ann

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