Walking differently

I walk through the world differently
than other people do.

Privilege unearned, unasked, undeserved
but given to me for factors beyond my control
shapes my steps along the trail of life.

Based on
race
sexual orientation
gender
economic status,
health.
place of living
and more,
privilege
accompanies me,
always accompanies me.

I pray for the wisdom to realize my privilege,
the grace to recognize when my privilege comes into play,
and the courage to use my privilege
to walk through the world differently
than other privileged people do.

The Shire on the Hudson
22 August 2013

The image of walking through the world differently to reflect on privilege came from the video “Cracking the Codes: Joy DeGruy, A Trip to the Grocery Store.” My thanks to Dr. Joy DeGruy for sharing her story. My thanks to Margaret Aymer Oget for posting the video. My thanks to

 

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