Stand (and Stretch) With Me

The number four seems to be a significant for me this month. I’ve read a grand total of four books, which I blame almost entirely on the fact that I decided to read Stephen King’s The Stand and it is a beast of a book (over 1000 pages). I still haven’t finished it. I did manage to read four other great books in the gaps between and you can read my reviews on Goodreads by clicking the pictures at the bottom of this page.

It would be remiss of me not to mention the state of the world right now, and I’m not just talking about the Coronavirus pandemic which ravages on. I’m talking about George Floyd and the reaction to his untimely, unjustified and inhumane death at the hands of a police officer in Minneapolis. As a white woman, I have been wondering, what is the best and most respectful way to support the #BlackLivesMatter movement which has seen a resurgence in visibility since Floyd’s murder? I have had conversations with friends, influencers and demonstrators. I’ve been watching, listening, learning, and I want the black community to know that I stand with them.

One of the biggest and most frustrating parts of all this is the ‘All Lives Matter’ response. I understand the feeling behind this and of course all lives matter, but I fear these people are missing the point, blinded by their own attempts to be seen as not-racist. I am not colour blind, I SEE you. So, in order to understand and rally behind my fellow human beings, I am determined to educate myself and others in this fight, all the while recognising that I cannot possibly understand it because I share the skin colour of the oppressor. My response to those who ignorantly bark ‘all lives matter’ comes in the form of an analogy I have seen in various guises over the last week:

“Saying “All Lives Matter” in response to “Black Lives Matter” is like saying the fire department should spray down all the houses in a neighborhood even though only one house is on fire…because all houses matter. Yes, your house matters too, BUT YOUR HOUSE IS NOT ON FIRE.”

@nikkiponey, from original artwork by @krisstraub via twitter

Something that has been over a decade in the making is my love affair with yoga. I have a bit of a creaky body, so this kind of low-impact stretching is perfect for me and I know how much of an effect it has and how much better it makes me feel. But like most things in life that are good for the body (and soul), there is no quick fix and it takes time and commitment to build a routine – here’s where Yoga with Adriene comes in. I discovered this YouTube channel around five years ago and have been steadily growing my practice into what is now a daily yoga session of between 15 to 45 minutes. Every. Day. I cannot recommend Adriene enough and the reason I am only now bringing it to my blog is that I recently signed up for her paid subscription service, Find What Feels Good. This ‘extra’ service features some fantastic 7-day programmes, weekly and monthly calendars to keep you on track and videos from other yogis (although I am very devoted to Adriene and haven’t tried any of them yet!) So, thank you, Adriene, for helping me build a loving relationship with my own body and doing so with a smile, a sense of humour and in manageable chunks for all kinds of days. Love also to Benji, of course.

As you may already know from previous posts, I’m currently training to be a proofreader and copyeditor. Part of this is to grow my social media presence in preparation for one day having my own small business. As part of this, I decided to share some of my favourite books of all time in the form of a pictorial A-Z on Instagram. I’m up to ‘E’ so far and would love more followers to join in with their own alphabetical book appraisals. Head on over to my Instagram page for more and to follow along.

And finally, here are my reads from May along with links to my review on Goodreads. Stay safe everyone.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *