How Much Do You Care?
Today is usually when I simply post a quote. That’s basically what my blog has been reduced to while living in the time of COVID-19 and trying to meet a deadline for a light-hearted, fun, Christmas-themed book. Suffice to say, it’s been a challenge holding onto the holiday feeling right now.
I’m not exactly the biggest fan of hashtags. As a lover of words, reducing important sentiments down to a catchy phrase is as appealing to me as the thought of taking a shot of fine wine with the expectation of appreciating its full essence.
However, I understand their function. #BlackLivesMatter needs to be on everyone’s mind, especially right now.
Forget the political slant – that’s a DISTRACTION. Simply imagine your greatest fear – and then imagine having to face that fear day after day, with no end in sight. This is Living While Black.
Now, how much do you care about that?
For those who are asking what they can do to help, here’s what you can do: Amplify disenfranchised voices, be an ally – open your mouth, and if you can, open your pockets. At this point in the game, your silence is not only deafening. It’s deadly.
I selected this quote over a month ago, and today, it’s more relevant than ever. It’s especially ironic knowing how President Roosevelt openly expressed his apathy/disdain toward Native Americans.
This #MotivatedMonday, please allow yourself to care. It may feel uncomfortable, but that’s okay. It might be an inconvenience, but take the time to do it anyway. Then, by all means, continue to go about your day. And enjoy the privilege that comes with being able to do just that.
Sending Love & Light,
Nobody cares how much you know, until they know how much you care. -Theodore Roosevelt
Â©Atina AtwoodÂ 2020 Exploring Love and Life, One Word At A Time.â„¢
â€“ Atina Atwood is the author of the Holiday Heartbeats series and a southern girl who moved from Europe to the West Coast. A former university professor in Germany and California, Atina stepped away from Academia to focus on her miracle child, life, love, food, quilting, and of course, writing. Follow her onÂ TwitterÂ andÂ Pinterest for more, and sign up for Atinaâ€™s newsletterÂ here.
I write contemporary Romance that often centers around our most joyous occasions â€“ holidays â€“ and the stories tend to have a â€œclean and wholesomeâ€ feel. My books have multicultural main characters that are strong-willed and purpose-driven, and there is always a happily-ever-after (HEA). The stories vary in heat-level, from sweet NA first-love romantic stories to contemporary romances with a dash of suspense and tastefully heated, sensual moments.