If you're reading this, healthy 2021 wishes. These days, my more frequently updated blog is the one associated with my website, www.padmavenkatraman.com.
But as I've done before on this site, I wanted to record and copyright my words - as people have in the past appropriated something I said that they liked and used it as if it were their own words.
The week of X'mas I was at a funeral. After that I was spending a few quiet days with my family, off social media, pretty much. Then I was forced to return to a situation that wasn't pretty. I was misquoted and my words were twisted and I had to waste time deleting hate mail. It wasn't the way I wanted to spend the holiday, but you know what?
I realized it gave me an opportunity to put into practice my ideas on nonviolence and practice peace. So I made a video and sent a few messages on social media. And here's a short poem created from those posts - the sort of poem you might display on your car's bumper sticker. Maybe one day, I'll make my own T-shirt or bumper sticker with this poem - I rather like it, I admit.
Whether you wish me well or ill
I wish you well
If you give me the finger
I give you two ✌
© Padma Venkatraman
What did I learn from all this? I may be forced to lock my social media, but no one can force me to lock my heart. LOL!
Hoping 2021 will be kinder to the world than 2020 was,