So much is going on in the world. It seems that even more is going on on social media where opinions about what people are doing, are saying, are not doing or are not saying regarding what’s going on in the world flood timelines and pages at rapid rates.
Here’s my take. Do your own thang! (Yes, I said “thang”.). When it comes to the affairs of the world we are all sent here to do something. Not the same thing, but something. That’s what makes us human, unique and necessary for the greater good. I’m not politically radical, so rarely will you see that from me, but I do have some friends who absolutely are. That’s their “thang”. I am an encourager and am well aware of my role in life. That’s my “thang”. You may be an organizer, a planner, a prayer, a protester, financial contributor, a fire-starter (the one who brings the wrong to light), or a fire-douser (the one who puts out the flames of distress). We all have a “thang” and it’s our job to do it and not be distracted or discouraged by those who don’t do what we do, or do it how we do it.
The murder of Michael Brown has most recently brought this thought to mind again. Do your own “thang”. Sadly, in this scenario, it feels to me as if the in-fighting seems to be getting as much of our attention as the injustice. If I were a conspiracy theorist I would say it’s a conspiracy, but I’m not. So I won’t. Will everyone march? No. But some will because that’s their “thang”. Will everyone be as outraged at and focused on white-on-black crime? No. But some will because that’s their “thang”. Will everyone see the equal harm of black-on-black crime? No. But some will because that’s their “thang”. Will everyone stay abreast of this latest travesty and so many others before and after it, keeping us up-to-date, up-to-the minute on what’s going on or wrong? No. But some will because that’s their “thang”. Will everyone offer an encouraging word or source of healthy distraction so that we aren’t consumed with those things concerning us? No. But some will because that’s their “thang”. As long as we all care enough to care in our own assigned ways we shouldn’t be consumed with how everyone else is contributing.
To remix a word from the Isley Brothers…It’s your “thang”. Do what you wanna do. Just be sure to do your own “thang”. The world is watching and waiting for our important pieces to the puzzle.