Is there someone in your life to whom you’d like to apologize? Or can you think of someone you don’t know personally, but feel that our community has harmed? Postcards are a way to connect, or re-connect, with an individual who you feel may be hurting. Because space is limited, you have to get to the point and say it straight.
Or, use Activist-Artist Ricardo Morales’ beautiful postcards available for free download (see below).
Wipe it Away!
All ages, contemplative, playful
It can be powerful to both identify and ‘wipe away’ your own mistakes and to witness others doing the same. This is a family game that focuses on mistake-making and storytelling.
Using a paper or a whiteboard, write or draw 2-3 of your recent (adult) mistakes, little or big.
Share the stories about your mistakes, describing how they happened, and how you feel about them.You can even act them out and give family members different roles.
Once you’ve shared, ask for input on whether to take any further action (i.e. Is this a mistake that harmed anyone or anything, and if so, what is my next step?).
Once you’ve fully addressed #3 (key step!), it’s time to wipe your board clean. Do so ceremoniously and with gusto!
Now it’s the next person’s turn. Do your best to support the process rather than the outcome, or looking for the ‘best’ mistakes to use.
Caring for the Common Good
Practicing repentance isn’t only about individual relationships. It also means reflecting on what we have done as a community to cause harm and how we can remedy harm. What does it look like for a community to repent for their collective actions? The first step is hearing stories from those who have been hurt. You can start that process with your family by taking this 12-Week Anti-Racism Challenge.