Jim recently came home and described the bus stop next to the KMOJ station, telling me that it was a “colourize your world” place. I literally had NO idea what he was talking about. Even though as it turns out, I’d driven by this particular bus stop a hundred times and still had never noticed it. I’d been so fixated on the road and on my own life, that I completely missed these gigantic flowers adorning the street. What strikes me is just how unobservant I can be, and just how easy it is to do this everyday–to leave the beauty in the world unappreciated.
North Minneapolis has had a positive impact in my life, and yet I’ve frequently heard people disparage this community. Sure, I can admit that things happen here on occasion, but that’s only one small part of the story. Living here, I am privy to all the amazing things that people do to make our neighborhood a great place to be. I’m inspired to be a better person by the artists that brighten up bus stops, by the people that prayed for me when my pups were stolen and I was a sobbing mess, by the non-profit organizations that have been born in this community, by the folks that stop to chat with me while I’m walking the dogs, and by the activists that daily work for justice. Still, how often have I neglected to see these small and large acts of colour?
Photo by Jim
Photo by Jim