The Louisiana Social Pledge

We pledge our allegiance to Louisiana. We will embrace what makes us and our state unique. Louisiana will be recognized as a leader and innovator of the New South. Many great leaders of the future will come from this state. And we will show both the media and politicians that we are smarter than them. We will no longer have our resources exhausted and our people used and left behind. We will work hard and play hard. We will protect each other. We will support each other. We pledge that we will do whatever we can to get these things in motion right now. We will no longer wait for a path to be cleared for us. We will clear the path ourselves. And we ain’t giving up easily. We will socialize in the real world just as well as we do on the internet…in hopes to organize ourselves effectively.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Believe Them the First Time (Samuel Jones, Bastrop, LA)

I deeply respect the wisdom of
Dr. Maya Angelou.
She has this famous quote:
"When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time."
I feel that many see that advice as saying
"People never change."
However, I see it as,
"You can't change people."
People do change, though. And
While you can't change a person directly,
You can facilitate it by
Being who you are.
But especially being kind
And patient, accepting and understanding,
And above all things loving,
You give people the silent, yet visible, permission
To show you who they really are for the first time.

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