Mia Birdsong is Rethinking Community, Love and Friendship

“The ability to hold space for another’s experience is a critical one. It’s not about giving advice or trying to fix anything, but witnessing and just being an active, attentive presence. Sitting with the grief and pain of other people can be so hard. I often find it uncomfortable to just listen and watch a loved one in distress. I want to fix, I want to advise.”

While her own story is fascinating and uplifting in and of itself, the stories she chooses to tell are even more enriching and an invitation to rethink love and connection and have the courage to look further than what we know. She allows us to explore different varieties and options of transforming what we understand under the terms of family, friendship and community.

“Amoretta Morris, a wise woman I know who is rethinking philanthropy, wrote, “It’s okay to ask for help. In fact, by doing so, you are taking part in the divine circle of giving and receiving. While we often focus on what the request means for the asker/recipient, we should remember that giving can be transformative for the helper[…].By not asking for help when you need it, you are blocking that flow.”

Regarding community, she lets the stories of marginalized people like homeless and poor folx lead the way. This highlights many of the problematic issues the American (or western) society faces but also shows solutions. It does not go unnoticed, however, that for a bigger change we all need to rethink belonging, community, love and accountability. Luckily, this book is a great starting point for that.

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Tasmin Hansmann

Tasmin Hansmann

Storyteller | Author | Queer | Gardener | Environmentalist | Creator | B.A. Cultural Anthropology | Based on Azores Islands