Are we speak from a need to share or a need to be right.

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Mahatma Gandhi said the following about truth…

‘Many people, especially ignorant people, want to punish you for speaking the Truth, for being correct, for being you. Never apologize for being correct, or for being years ahead of your time. If you’re right and you know it, speak your mind. Even if you are a minority of one, the Truth is still the Truth.’

But it is?

Is truth always truth, can things really be that simple? I don’t think so, if the last year or so…


A simple yes can change everything

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There are so many books that I have added to my bedside table in the hope of inspiring my creative flow and provide new pathways into my imagination, the stack has toppled over yet again. Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes may not have been the most obvious addition, but it has inspired me more than any other in the last year to change my mindset and open myself up to new opportunities.

Shonda is the creator of a plethora of television shows. Shows that have broken boundaries of inclusivity and have changed the character roles that have been available…


Find the simple life wherever you are.

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I can read all the self-help, empowerment, and spiritual books in the world and essentially, they all say the same thing. The same is true for the religions of the world… life is actually pretty basic at its heart, it’s just that we like to make things difficult for ourselves.

We know that all we need to do is treat each other well, and really not even well, just with respect, compassion, and empathy.

We like to make that difficult by imagining that other people are so different from us. We create lines in the sand, we separate into groups…


Can white writers create characters of color?

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In response to my article ‘What Does Positive Representation in Fiction Really Look Like?’, a reader posed the question, is it okay for white writers to have a main character of another race?

As questions of representation and appropriation rise and fall in our cultural dialogue, it is of no wonder that we as writers are asking these questions and disagreeing on the answers.

To create a central character, we climb inside their minds and live and breathe them into existence. Can we do that if the characters have a fundamentally different experience and life than our own? …


There’s a society-wide abusive relationship. Let’s end it.

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I’ve been stuck in a loop, thinking about the changes that haven’t quite happened. The movements that rise and fall, again and again, gathering momentum as the public voice swells, only to fizzle out like a birthday balloon with a tiny hole.

It mirrors an abusive relationship but it’s almost more disturbing. It’s an abusive lifestyle that we’re all a part of.

Whether I look through the eyes of a person of color, or as a woman in this culture, the view is the same. We’ve gotten so used to all the small infractions, all of the small microaggressions and…


The words we speak when infused with intention can become a magical gift.

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Inspired by Wednesday’s Prompt: Words are spells, thoughts are intentions, actions are rituals.

The world turns without us making any effort, our bodies breath all by themselves, no thought required, but it can be added. Each day begins with the potential that anything can happen, the way we meet shaping our feelings and actions. Could we lie in bed that moment longer, actively choosing the day before us? Could we breathe those wishes out into the air as we shape sounds into words and draw dreams into tangible moments?

As the day closes, could we release it with a spoken…


7th — 13th June

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Whether the ideas have slowed to a trickle or you’re just feeling curious and in the mood for a little reflection. Our weekly prompt is an invitation to ruminate on an idea and see what arises.

Be it poetry or prose you’d like to submit to us, or a journal entry for your eyes only, take a moment to pause at some point during your week and set your pen free.

Truth

What does it mean to speak your truth and is all truth valid?

Does sharing your truth make you feel vulnerable or empowered and what is the difference?

In a culture of sharing every detail of our lives on social media, is there a line between personal and private?

The nature of truth via our news outlets has been contested and ‘fake news’ has led mainly to question everything. How do we know what is true anymore?

A few things to remember…

You can respond to any prompt at any time, so if you feel in need of a nudge but this…


Sometimes the long dark nights just need a little extra light.

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Parenthood often feels like climbing Mount Everest in the dark. I wonder if I’ve made it harder on myself by having four and then choosing to home educate them all, but in all honesty, I think this is the nature of motherhood.

You do your research and make your plans, running through every possible scenario as you choose the pathway that you’ll take. But you have no idea what will happen once you set off. You can’t predict the variables, the weather, the other people in your group, you can’t even be 100% sure how your body will cope.

You…


31st May — 6th June

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Whether the ideas have slowed to a trickle or you’re just feeling curious and in the mood for a little reflection. Our weekly prompt is an invitation to ruminate on an idea and see what arises.

Be it poetry or prose you’d like to submit to us, or a journal entry for your eyes only, take a moment to pause at some point during your week and set your pen free.

Silence

The idea of silence can be many different things… the crushing silence between two people where one is desperately hoping for words from the other, the blissful silence after a long day surrounded by people, the silence of nature, the silence of an empty house when you wish you weren’t alone or keeping your silence when you know you should speak out.

What does silence mean to you?

A few things to remember…

You can respond to any prompt at any time, so if you feel in need of a nudge but…


A poem about finding your boundaries.

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My job is to give you what you need
but your demands fell me like a tree without roots
what you ask is not too much
if we had a staff
or people to lean on when my body tires
when my mind reaches overwhelm
and the world dissolves into white noise

I entered into this bargain
truth be told, it was my idea
why stop now when more would feel complete I asked
I did not know
that while there will always be enough love
time is finite
and so am I

My energy propels me forward
the body a…

ADEOLA SHEEHY-ADEKALE

Writing on the female experience, race, motherhood & self-development. Columnist at The Green Parent magazine. Follow me on IG @adeola_moonsong.

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