Monthly Archives: February 2017

Cashier Diary #5

To the woman at the beginning of my shift. The woman who came to the counter shaking violently from the anxiety of flying. I should have grabbed your hand and said, “Feel my steadiness. Feel the calm that I have. The confidence that you will be OK.” But I didn’t. Because I was afraid. I was afraid she might cry out and say, “Why are you touching me?” 

I regretted this choice all day and thought about it for 8 and a half hours.

Maybe the lesson is to conquer your fears in order to unite with others. Or maybe, allow others to know your fears so they can help conquer them. 

James Baldwin Perspective

Learn to see the world through other people’s eyes, and you will grow as a human being.

“It comes as a great shock […] to discover the flag in which you have pledged allegiance¬†[…] has not pledged allegiance¬†to you.”

 

Cultural Capital 

Everything you have gained in life. 

The muscle mass you build.

The artwork and books you collect.

The knowledge you acquire. 

It is hard to transfer into financial terms, but your life’s work has value.

 Keep growing!

More on cultural capital from Pierre Bourdieu