I enjoy Facebook. Over the years I have reconnected to lot of friends with it. I’ve found new ones and revitalized relationships that were floundering because of time and distance.
I’ve also been able to share a lot of the twists and turns of life and the sudden realizations and revelations that come from living. As a writer there always seems to be something fascinating going on beneath the surface of any ordinary day. So Facebook is a great tool for those of who spend most of our lives at a desk.
But it seems that the more people you connect with in a good way, the more people who are likely to be upset with things you share. The more you give your inner self, the more they attack you outwardly. I try to post comments and observations that have something of consequence in them; writing things that are spiritual and reflective. Still, there are always some Facebook “friends” who malign me for some of those contemplative comments.
For instance, I’ve been using a closing salutation on my posts for the last year or so. At the end of a message I will often write, Stay Brown. To me it was a benign, neutral salutation intended only as a spiritually oriented way of wishing everyone a good day, good fortune and good wishes. It was a celebration of personhood, identity and meant to bring us all together as a human family. But I got blasted for it.
Some people accused me of reverse racism. They said I was promoting native identity over everyone else’s. They said I was creating ill will. Others called me exclusionary and someone who was creating barriers between people. A lot of people deleted me as a Facebook friend because of the salutation “Stay Brown.” Looking at it objectively, I can see where there might be cause for some degree of upset. The trouble is they didn’t get what I was saying.
Where dissenters took the phrase as something negative, they didn’t get my intention.
They didn’t look at the phrase as something of value to everyone or even send me a message to ask about it. Instead, they chose to vilify me, denounce me and sometimes advise others to delete me.
But within the phrase “Stay Brown” is something elemental and valuable to all of us.
See, when you remember that you are a part of the Earth and that she is a part of you; you stay brown. When you remember that we are all one body moving through time together; you stay brown. When you remember that we are all under the care and nurturing and grace of a loving Creator; you stay brown.
When you remember we are alive because everyone and everything else is, that reaching out requires far more strength than pushing away, that spirituality finds its truest expression in community . . . you stay brown.
And most importantly, when you remember that if you take the four primary colours of the medicine wheel — the red, white, yellow and black that represent all the colours of people in the world, and you mix them together — you get brown. You remember that we need each other, that we are all related, that we are all brothers and sisters, and you stay brown.
But most importantly, when you remember to start each day with gratitude for the blessings that are already present in your life; you stay brown.
So, Stay Brown friends! Stay brown . . .