Gems 8.42

I hope you’re having a beautiful day. ♡
Here’s another light-filled ¤ Gem ¤

Image by Gerhard Bögner from Pixabay

“Fear can also be a teacher for patience.  It’s great to acknowledge that you’re afraid and it can be a source of tremendous strength as long as you don’t let it rule you.  In those moments when fear arises and that split second before you react, if you can practice patience, stay present, and say, “Ok, I’m afraid right now but I’m not going to turn and run,” you have the power to change the entire conversation and break the cycle of action and reaction. You’re still vulnerable but it changes your stature, and you realize that your fear is a deep well of potential energy for turning the situation around.”   

Randall Amster, Professor, Georgetown University, and author of Lost in Space: The Criminalization, Globalization, and Urban Ecology of Homelessness. guest, 17 March 2012.

Our “About Us” page just got an update:


We celebrate creativity of all kinds, but our focus is on the creative contributions of people currently between homes, or those who have been unhoused at one time.  Homelessness comes in many forms, but living on the street is the most desperate and challenging way to live.  And yet, from these cold, hungry, and painful places — sleeping on the street, waiting for hours for one meal, having no shelter from the bitter cold, searing heat, or storms — comes beauty.  I have been honored and awed and deeply inspired by the gifts we’re received from those who go through this daily. 

The origin for the idea for under1000skies came from a conversation on Twitter in 2014. I was challenged to “do something about” homelessness by an author: View Link

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