A recap of the weekly OurStory discussions.
The emotional toll that info overload takes on us. How much information can we consume? How do we store unused information?
What are you afraid of losing? Ask yourself, what are you afraid of losing?
In the romantic film The Bodyguard (1992), Fletcher Marron candidly asks bodyguard Frank, “What are you afraid of?”
Strip away and tease apart all you think you know about fear, and with a clear mind, ask yourself honestly, what are you afraid of?
Being totally honest with yourself, what (not who) do you care about so much that you’re afraid of losing?
Pause and think about any issue that concerns you. Something you’re deeply committed to, invested in, self-interested in, something you’re willing to “fight” for?
Now think about the person or people you associate with that issue? The person or people that you feel represent that issue?
Is the messenger driving the issue, the issue driving the messenger, or something else?
Information is coming in from all sides: internet, social media, politics, entertainment, sports, influencers, microcelebs, and communities, friends, families. How do we know what information is actually reliable and what information helps us live meaningfully? What are the most shocking comments you’ve heard lately and did they alter your perspective, your views, your life?
Part of understanding and fully participating in this February's Black Creators and Black Futures Month (fka Black History Month) is first understanding the importance of not competing by centering other group interests and individual self-interest. Fully participating means learning the ourstory (the combined civilizational stories) that provides insights on how we build new futures. A certain, engaging, and whole future includes the unlimited possibilities of liberated living and human connection. Black Futures offers unlimited possibilities for future jobs not yet conceived, the future of monetary exchange, and the future of an open whole world where everyone can expect their existence and contributions to be welcomed, acknowledged, and celebrated.
Are we over the annual stresses of performative romance? What do you imagine are the creative origins of romantic expression? Think the first time someone expressed their love in whatever way felt comfortable and embarked on a true partnership, before social conditioning, social norms, and mass marketing and commercialism set a binary heterosexual, racialized, lock on romance, with socially-pressured humans craving love, getting floral and sugary at the whim of the chubby little baby with the archery set?
Understanding and celebrating the importance of integrating the ourstories, creativity, innovation, and futures contributions of Black peoples. How much is known about the stories and narratives of Black peoples? Join and share. Join and learn.
Ever wonder why dating and life partnerships are so challenging? Why it's so easy to be seduced by the mythology of romance? Participate in the psychology of reframing romance through critical analysis.
Futures on interpersonal interactions. Envisioning current and future professional and personal relationships.
Innovations in finance. Designing new financial approaches.
Creating a professional presence. Prepare to envision.
Framing 2023 for goals and wants. Bring a journal or creative materials.