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Go Home, He Said

Go Home, He Said
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By: Jacqueline Gates  Confluence Daily is your daily news source for women in the know.

Home, is my favorite four letter word.

It’s the root of all my teaching and the place I learn the most.

It’s where my magic happens.

When the Governor of Virginia told the white supremacists to go home after the horrible riots last summer, his words felt like a body blow.

Go home, he said.

To what? I asked.

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Yes, sending them home means a return to peaceful streets.

But until we address what goes on in those homes, that peace will be short-lived.

“First we shape our environments, then our environments shape us.” Winston Churchill

You may think your home is private, hidden, secret.

You’d be mistaken.

Your home is how you show up in the world.

What we surround ourselves with, we carry with us.

When homes are hotbeds of entitlement + separatism,

they bubble up into torchlit parades of hate + fear.

When homes are hotbeds of personal dignity + rebellious kindness, they bubble up into claimed bus seats + prisoner-become-President.

Go home, he said.

And they will.

To further ruminate on being hard done by.

To further ferment and stew.

Literal walls for metaphorical ones.

Physical doors embodying ideological separateness.

Go home, he said.

And rightly so.

Everything … EVERY.THING begins at home.

Whether or not you subscribe the astrology of Eclipse energy, these are undoubtedly times where what-was-hidden can suddenly be seen.

What goes on in our homes-and-hearts is suddenly illuminated and in full, viral view.

Like the village gossip who shows up unexpectedly at your front door, the internet has a way of putting our insides on uncompromising display.

In the aftermath of a torchlit mob, we are all being asked to “go home.”

Go home, and notice what we nurture, and also what we neglect.

Go home and notice what we stand for –
the clues are in everything we own/buy/repeatedly say –
and notice also what we settle for,

out of fear or habit or ennui.

Go home and notice where we’ve built barriers and obstacles –

both metaphorical and real –

and where we happily leave doors flung wide in welcome.

They say home is where the heart is.

Fortunately, home is also where a change-of-heart begins.

Go home, scrumptious ones.

From there, you can change the world.

“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love. For love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.” President Barak Obama

 

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