Is that for broken hearts?

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“Is that for broken hearts?” My then-5-year-old asked the first time we saw this AED (automated external defibrillator) box.⠀

Yes, I answered softly. Because it’s true.⠀

Truth is an act of love. Love for self, love for community, love for justice. ⠀

In All About Love bell hooks writes, “The heart of justice is truth telling, seeing ourselves and the world the way it is rather than the way we want it to be.”⠀

hooks continues….⠀

“As more people have found the courage to break through shame and speak about woundedness in their lives, we are now subjected to a mean-spirited cultural response, where all talk of woundedness is mocked. The belittling of anyone’s attempt to name a context within which they were wounded, were made a victim, is a form of shaming. It is psychological terrorism. Shaming breaks our hearts. All individuals who are genuinely seeking well-being within a healing context realize that it is important to that process not to make being a victim a stance of pride or a location from which to simply blame others. We need to speak our shame and our pain courageously in order to recover. Addressing woundedness is not about blaming others; however, it does allow individuals who have been, and are, hurt to insist on accountability and responsibility both from themselves and from those who were the agents of their suffering as well as those who bore witness. Constructive confrontation aids our healing.”

bell hooks, All About Love

Truth is for broken hearts. The ones naming their shame and pain. The ones who seek to heal themselves, the community, the world. The ones calling on you to do better. ⠀


Do you see truth for what it is? The truth given to you by so many people in our community? Take it. See it. Believe it. Do better. ⠀

Yes truth, love, and justice are also for healing the broken hearts of those being called on to do better. ⠀

And our hearts are longing to heal. ⠀



[Photo. By @kbredbeck Bright Green AED box on a brown painted wall. The box has a heart-shaped window with a green lightning bolt and another cut out window in a plus sign cross. End.]

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