I realized reading Week 1 of THE ARTIST’S WAY that most of my negative self-talk isn’t modeled on how other people talked to me (I was blessed with supportive friends, family, and educators) but rather on how my parents talk to themselves. My kid said “Get it together, M” to himself the other day which I know is something he’s heard me say to myself. I’m trying to speak to myself more kindly for his sake as well as my own.
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I acknowledge that I live and work on unceded Lumbee, Skaruhreh/Tuscarora, and Shakori land. I give respect and reverence to those who came before me. I thank Holisticism for the text of this land acknowledgement.
We must acknowledge that much of what we know of this country today, including its culture, economic growth, and development throughout history and across time, has been made possible by the labor of enslaved Africans and their ascendants who suffered the horror of the transatlantic trafficking of their people, chattel slavery, and Jim Crow. We are indebted to their labor and their sacrifice, and we must acknowledge the tremors of that violence throughout the generations and the resulting impact that can still be felt and witnessed today. I thank Dr. Terah ‘TJ’ Stewart for the text of this labor acknowledgement.