On Tuesday the 2nd of December more than 70 people gathered in a community room in one of Roxbury’s many housing developments to help each other heal. The event, named Taking Care of Each Other, was produced by the women of LIPSTICK and supported by Thaddeus Miles and Mass Housing. It was a powerful evening of remembrance, healing, support and love.
Check out some of the photos from our roving LIPSTICK camera and professional photographer.
Last week I had the pleasure of sponsoring a “Taking Care of Each Other” event for LIPSTICK (Ladies Involved in Putting a Stop to Inner City killings): Women who have lost love ones to violence. My hope was that they might pause for a moment to pamper themselves. I wanted them to remember as they continue to build their organization, what my mentor Marc always says, which is “letting go is not giving up. Letting go is surrendering any obsessive attachment to particular outcomes and situations. Surrender means showing up every day for your life with the intention to be your best self, and to do the best you know how, without expecting life to go a certain way. Have goals, have dreams, aspire, take purposeful action and build great relationships, but detach from what you think life must look like. The energy of someone aspiring to create something wonderful, teamed with this kind of surrender, is far more powerful and rewarding than someone determined to create outcomes with a desperate ‘must have’ mentality. Surrender brings inner peace and joy, lest we forget that our outer lives are a reflection of our inner state of being.”