In The Midst of A Stormy Sea (Photo by B. Goodjoin (c) 2019)

It’s been 5 months since I last posted here on the Crafty Poet site and the storm continues to rage. We (the nation/world) have been beset with one tragic event after another, besides the pandemic which continues to rage.

Hurricanes and tornadoes have raged, as have wildfires, and droughts. Crime is a constant companion, as grocery prices and costs for necessary things continue to climb, jobs fold, close, and disappear.

The civility of the nation is in constant erosion. The political system has just about broken into a million little pieces, due to hate and misinformation that is spewed from the highest office in the land. BLM peaceful protests are being infiltrated with other forces that (seek to destroy) are especially negative.

The passing of noted civil rights leaders (Congressman Elijah Cummings, Representative John Lewis, and Rev. Cordy Tindell “CT” Vivian has left us saddened, and just days ago, on August 28, 2020, Chadwick Boseman, who brought to life our first great superhero went home to be with the ancestors after a 4 year battle with colon cancer.

YES! The storms do rage! Unbeknownst to the storms, their tailwinds do lift our prayers up higher. Though we are in the midst of a storm, we dare not give up, We dare not stop the advance, for victory is just a few steps away–and we can make it through, hand in hand, if the truly righteous do not fall asunder.

How do we stay strong and positive in the midst the negatives that swirl around us trying to entangle our feet?

First, we must educate ourselves and look past the false historical narratives that are written and taught. The truths of injustice, genocide, and thievery, has to be revealed and faced as a nation.

Secondly, we must be able to reason together. Be willing to converse without wild accusations, and more importantly, be willing to listen to each other with open hearts and minds. Instead of arguing and brow-beating, be willing to seek solutions. Put together a plan to move forward to begin to right the wrongs. Be able to adjust if need be without malice of heart.

Thirdly, we must implement the plan to bring about the positives and correct the wrongs of the past. Again, as we move forward, some adjustment to the plan may be necessary do to the “unknown” variables. Be flexible but fair.

Forth, All that we do, do in love, to move this nation forward. Make America Beautiful and help us all to flourish, once again!