“Courage is the most important of all the virtues, because without courage you can’t practice any other virtue consistently. You can practice any virtue erratically, but nothing consistently without courage.” – Maya Angelou
When I sat down to write this week’s Friday Favourites reflection, I wanted to title it ‘I’m tired of being angry’. I decided to change the title but the truth is, the sentiment remains. I’m tired of losing innocent people to senseless deaths. I’m tired of the hate and the violence that is consuming us all. Nia Wilson’s murder is unjustifiable. I want to live in a world where we don’t consistently mourn the death of innocent people. Reading about Nia’s death reminded me of Nabra Hassanen, a sister who was assaulted and murdered on her way home from mosque last year in June.
The truth is at this moment I can’t coherently write about how I feel. The hashtags, the posts that we make on social media, in times like this it feels empty.
“Dear Nia, What to even say to a woman who didn’t ask to become a hashtag? And to a world that enabled this to happen? To her. To me. To you.
Nia, every single day of your life was precious. And your life was meant to be much more than a horrifying cautionary tale.
Someone said when one of us goes, a part of us all goes with you. It’s too true. And your story hits too close to home. Because every black woman, every black girl from the Bay, we all see ourselves in you.
Because the violence against women, against black women, it all exists on the same hateful spectrum. Yours was the most brutal. And it traumatizes us all.
And now you’re gone. And there’s nothing any of us can do.
I keep seeing your face. But I’ll be honest, I’ve had a hard time posting about you. I can hardly bring myself to do it. Because I wish I didn’t have to.
No more hashtags with our names. Not this time. There’s got to be a better way to keep black people alive.” – Elaine Welteroth
Spiritually Inspired: Liars Don’t Heal
Caroline Myss is a recent find for me and you won’t be disappointed with this podcast.
Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations: Discovering Your Life’s Purpose by Caroline Myss
Daring Greatly is another second read and I’m already a few chapters in. It’s definitely a book that I would recommend to be read once every year because the concepts that Brene Brown explores in the book are quite profound. Ego is the enemy is a treat! In fact, I haven’t been disappointed by any book Ryan holiday has written. It already has me contemplating on some deep questions and I can’t wait to share them with you.
Ego is the Enemy by Ryan Holiday
Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by Brene Brown
The video below of young Jews on a Birthright trip to Israel who called out the organisation for distributing maps that erased Palestine is a must watch! It’s important for us to take up opportunities to raise awareness especially around questionable actions such as this.
Make A Difference
This October, Sima will be going on a deployment with Human Relief Foundation to Bangladesh. The aim of the trip is to provide aid to street children in Dhaka and established orphanages in Bangladesh. The group will also be providing aid to the Rohingya people in the world’s biggest camp in Cox’s Bazaar which has over 600,000 displaced people living within it. Please donate as much as you can and for Muslim readers, take advantage of the blessing of today (Friday) and donate whatever amount you can afford. May Allah bless you for your intentions Ameen!
Help Fund Sima’s Bangladesh Deployment
Spending quality time with close friends!