“I am not afraid of you.”

Via Joana Smith
on Apr 30, 2012
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Who I'd like to meet: Superman's Children, eco-warriors, truck drivers, persephone, roller derby queens, nurses, scientists, givers, priests, yogi, storytellers, people who don't know right now, playwrights, philosophers, people who are more visual, people who hop trains, performers, poets, seamstresses, activists, Spider-Man, kids, rangers, Snow White, dj's, massage therapists, people who work with their hands, bunnies, sportsracers, people who work in offices, dancers, baristas, artists, cleaners, climbers, Jeff's sister, Colbert, Skiers, Bikers, skaters, surfers, ani, people who are recovering, trees (and flowers), people who will die soon, gardeners, horses, Jolie-Pitt, soon-to-be mothers, margie's daughter, astronomers, people who are scared, girls who wear black and listen to the Smiths, cuffmakers, lambs, Miranda July, the man in the moon, Bono, people from 'round here, Obama...


8 Responses to ““I am not afraid of you.””

  1. Justin says:

    I liked this (s)word:

    The problem is, people are not inanimate objects like: paper, wood, fabric, cloth, material, coins, rubber, or plastic.

    People are flesh and blood — hearts and minds. A "coupling" of people is two people — the will and consent of both is a required component. It's not as "easy" to mend people [in that sense].

    But at the same time — I think that means human beings are always [in some sense] "redeemable". A lot of times, when something plastic breaks, it's over — you can't fix it because it's cheap plastic. So [though mending/coupling humans might be harder in one sense] the potential for knitting hearts together as one is always there. Human beings aren't cheap or disposable, like plastic.

    Also, Joanna — if you don't mind — I'd like to ask you if you'd share this link [An Appeal for Prayer and Fasting] on your FB page. It's a story that a friend of mine shared with me via e-mail.

    The story he sent me is in the post — but [in short] he's just asking for some people to offer up some intention to the Lord — "Hoping that the universe will intervene." for a particular family.

  2. MamasteNJ says:

    Another work of art. I so enjoy your posts. So much depth….and string. Thanks for that. I feel that is your trademark.
    xoxo just intro'd on FB.

  3. JoanaSmith says:

    Thanks Mamaste! –Thanks for your comments. They always make me smile. I really enjoy putting these things together. When I first started on ele about three years ago each one took me a really long time, and getting them out was always stressfull, but I felt compelled,. I was a young stay at home mom, and I didn't watch television, so I would occupy my headspace with pics of our own life.

    Now I've gotten better, and it doesn't take me long at all. It''s a visual process, so I don't need to be at the computer to dream it up. Mostly I just walk around doing my mommy chores and, as I'm standing over the sink (or something like that) it'll come to me what goes next, and then I just go to the computer and pop it in!

    I like how you say "String"…

    Thanks for stopping by and for being so supportive. And since you're into "mama" I was wondering if you ever saw this post I did: http://www.elephantjournal.com/2010/09/note-to-se… It was a letter I wrote to my friend about the "nitty-gritty" of impending mommyhood. It was definitely the longest string I ever did. And it was the first one where I decided to scan in all the text, too.

  4. JoanaSmith says:

    I keep coming across this notion of "throwing away" recently. Or ending, or moving on….everyone keeps saying that it's what life is all about: beginnings and endings. I just don't know why people are so end-happy sometimes. We can just end up with too much trash.

    People have different functions, and I think that being whole and being healed in the soul has to do with being 'together.'

    What a strange case regarding your friend. I'll post it up right now.

  5. Farah says:

    Beautiful, I love it!!!… MENDING is the best solution sometimes!

  6. Justin says:

    I once heard a story about a bride-to-be, who was speaking with her mother in the dressing room, getting ready to walk down the aisle. The daughter said, "Oh Mom, I'm so excited to finally be getting married — this will surely be the end of all my troubles.". Her mother [smiling, while adjusting the daughter's veil] replied, "Yes dear, but which end?" — So maybe ending is beginning, the very thing that causes something to end carries in it the seed for making the new thing begin [like a phoenix or ouroboros].

    People have different functions, and I think that being whole and being healed in the soul has to do with being 'together.'

    The followers of Alma, who fled into the woods to form their community:

    were called the church of God, or the church of Christ, from that time forward. And it came to pass that whosoever was baptized by the power and authority of God was added to his church.

    And it came to pass that Alma, having authority from God, ordained priests; even one priest to every fifty of their number did he ordain to preach unto them, and to teach them concerning the things pertaining to the kingdom of God. And he commanded them that they should teach nothing save it were the things which he had taught, and which had been spoken by the mouth of the holy prophets. Yea, even he commanded them that they should preach nothing save it were repentance and faith on the Lord, who had redeemed his people.

    And he commanded them that there should be no contention one with another, but that they should look forward with one eye, having one faith and one baptism, having their hearts knit together in unity and in love one towards another.

    And thus he commanded them to preach. And thus they became the children of God.


    And the priests were not to depend upon the people for their support; but for their labor they were to receive the grace of God, that they might wax strong in the Spirit, having the knowledge of God, that they might teach with power and authority from God.

    And again Alma commanded that the people of the church should impart of their substance, every one according to that which he had; if he have more abundantly he should impart more abundantly; and of him that had but little, but little should be required; and to him that had not should be given. And thus they should impart of their substance of their own free will and good desires towards God, and to those priests that stood in need, yea, and to every needy, naked soul.

    And this he said unto them, having been commanded of God; and they did walk uprightly before God, imparting to one another both temporally and spiritually according to their needs and their wants.

    I think of that phrase, ">having their hearts knit together in unity and in love one towards another" — and I think of how the essence of "sin" is "separation" [the separation of humans from God, and of us from each other] and how intimacy is the opposite of that — and how the restoration of all things, and the atONEment of Jesus Christ is about getting us out of a mind-set that demands justice, and into a state of broken-heartedness that demands "together".

    What a strange case regarding your friend. I'll post it up right now.

    Thank you.

  7. MamasteNJ says:

    Keep the string unraveling….it's liberating.