Monday, November 02, 2009

Silence and PRIDE


My days of silence were refreshing, nourishing, and troubling.  You get silent for a few days, your mind stops shouting, things settle down, and deeper things emerge.  That's troubling in a good way.  I did some reading, praying, walking, sleeping.  Good stuff.

Then, I stayed with friends in Atlanta and was able to attend Saturday's PRIDE in Piedmont Park.  The rain held off long enough for me to enjoy being around a lot of really out gay people, doing things straights take for granted:  holding hands, kissing in public, just being themselves.  Exhibits, booths, supporters, organizations, and some great scenery, too!  Woof.

To read and pray and give thanks for being me, and being gay, and for grace, strength, and courage;  these are good things.  To be out and proud and encouraged by "family";  these are good things, too.

To be able to have both within the same week.  That was great!

8 comments:

Java said...

This is a very positive, encouraging post. Thank you.

Tobey said...

Glad you had such a good time. The moments of silence and then getting to see "out" gay people. I know it is always amazing to me to go somewhere thats meant for gays to just be....I find it very refreshing. Thanks for sharing about your trip.

Ur-spo said...

It is all rather liberating, no?

Lemuel said...

What a wonderful report on your week! - a time to find yourself and to be yourself.

Neil said...

Glad to hear you had a good time. Take care.

manxxman said...

So you're saying you're gay? Who'da thunk. I'm glad Atlanta was a great experience.....you have lots of them coming (did I spell that right).

gg said...

IS this a photo of the Trappist place in Conyers, GA?

Bear Me Out said...

TO gg:
Yes, this is a picture I took at the Monastery of the Holy Spirit in Conyers, GA. Good place for some silence.