Thursday, November 12, 2009

Recycling

What if I could take a bad experience and recycling it?

Everything on the Journey has value. (Labeling experiences good or bad may result in me overlooking that value. For the sake of this exercise, I will use the term bad in this post.)

Here is what I imagine I could do with the pain someone caused me . . .

I'm gonna take all the bad things you did to me and take them down to the recycling center.

I'm gonna put them in an odorless trash bag so they do not pollute the air during the transport.

I'M GONNA UNLOAD IT ALL.

Perhaps your betrayal will become a bicycle some little boy will ride and feel free.

Perhaps your lies will become a light bulb that will help a lost child find her way home.

Perhaps the tears you caused will become a tiara some little girl clings to as she dreams of being a princess.

Yeah, I'm gonna take all those bad things you did to me and turn them into something useful; something worth having; something worth sharing.

You see, that's what storytellers do. We take all the bad stuff that has happened and use it to teach, to inspire and to heal.

8 comments:

MaryBelle said...

Powerful!

T. Dorsey said...

@MaryBellsL Thanks so much!

karima said...

peace sis....

returned from little rock last night.....missed you....we had a gloriously wonderful time....it was extra-special for me because i had not been able to attend the NABS conf/fest since 2005....i thoroughly enjoyed every minute....seeing old friends, making new friends, performing with my sisters in DAUGHTERS OF CREATIVE SOUND....everything we did was so well-received ....we love dem bruthas but they will never dominate the drumming again...mo' sistas will bring their instruments next year....men and women really playing together was incredibly energizing! ... continue to heal....inshallah, i'll see you in minneapolis.....peace...love...good health....

T. Dorsey said...

@Karima: Al-Hamduallah! So glad to know you made it to Little Rock. I heard your group was outstanding. Next year perhaps we will drum together, inshallah.

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