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The isolated and interconnectedness of life

Hello! How are you? Unsettled, grounded, anxious and at ease? Me too.

While life in Bozeman is stunningly vibrant and beautiful right now with the mountains and valleys blanketed with every color of wildflower, the beauty is juxtaposed with a mix of uncertainty, fear and unrest tied to the COVID-19 pandemic along with the overdue BLM and social justice movement.

Life is anything but ‘normal’ right now, yet it feels more raw, real and interconnected than ever.

If you’re white like me, you too are probably noticing your blindspots and eagerly seeking out knowledge, education and guidance. As the saying goes, we don’t know what we don’t know until we know it. And many things we simply can’t know (like what it’s like to be a black man or woman in a culture of systemic racism). But we can choose to educate ourselves to gain a greater sense of clarity and understanding by reaching out to friends, books, podcasts, and documentaries as well as taking long pauses to be with silence and stillness. It is in the long pause that we digest and assimilate all that we’ve taken in. We can’t just keep cramming things in.