Due Dominance

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“Dominant does not mean domineering,” she said. “It does not need to mean oppressive or demeaning.”

“A true leader leads with kindness,” she added. “They govern with understanding and resolve, not ego, hate, or petty revenge.”

A cardboard sign was tied to her walker with green bread twists. It read: “I’m old enough to know how this ends.”

The faded purple blue tattoo on her arm was evidence of having lived through what most would deem un-survivable. She had survived, and came out the other side not only alive but vibrating with a kind of solid empathy that no one would mistake for weakness.

She did not raise her voice but nonetheless it carried. Or maybe it was her energy that created a little centripetal force-field around her. People stopped by. Leaned in to hear more. Some took her photo.

“Authority needs to be bestowed, not taken,” she noted, and I couldn’t help but think that someone ought to hire this little old lady, this walking wisdom slogan-machine.

The sun washed over the sea of people, signs, distant chants, knit hats. A puppy barked and a child’s exuberant peal of laughter carried on the wind.

“Hear that?” The old woman smiled. “That’s power.”

“And that,” she waved a wrinkled hand to encircle the swelling crowds. “That’s due dominance.”

 

 

 

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Higher Ground

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Photo: Osnat Halperin-Barlev

 

When some try to

Evoke

Vile contempt

Foul report,

There is much more

At stake

Than a furious

Retort.

Don’t fall prey

To miasmas of

Hate and closed minds.

Do not let lower standards

Become somehow enshrined.

Call it out.

Name it loud.

But refuse the dishonorable

As normed or allowed.

Choose to level

Above.

Give a hand.

Hold on tight.

To a firm

Higher ground.

 

 

 

 

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Lead Recycler

 

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Photo: Amitai Asif

 

As soon as I saw this week’s photo challenge, I knew what goes in it! (Thank you to my nephew, Amitai Asif, for this fab photo!)

I love the complex simplicity of this hiker’s approach to helping clean up the paths he walks on: String together necklaces of bottle caps, find trash, screw trash to empty top, continue on. Leave the world a better place than you had found it.

Reuse.

Refresh.

Reclaim.

Lead by example.

Be the solution.

Be the change you want to see.

Amen.

 

 

For The Tuesday Photo Challenge

Time To Launch

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Photo: Inbar Asif

 

Time to launch

Growth spurts of kindness.

Time to set sail

Onto good.

Time to commence

Paths of compassion,

To pitch a better course,

Away from shoals

Of crass and

Greed

Toward a truer way

To heal, succeed, and

Lead.

 

 

 

 

 

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Dark Delivery

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Photo: A. Asif

 

Destinations matter

But so does the path taken toward them.

Ends do not always justify the means

Or conveyance.

Lofty goals to imagined glory

Only have prerogative

If they do not burn

Destruction

Or trample others

In their wake.

 

 

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