This summer is exceptionally hot in L.A. Smog mixed in with southern humidity and traffic is a sad combination. Somebody on another blog stated that they did not feel safe with all of the recent violence. These days, I seldom feel safe anywhere outside of my home, and this includes "good" neighborhoods where my dark skin is either a novelty or disregarded because it is assumed that I am poor, lack sense, as well as the resources to move up in society.
Yet, I still work at being the best bad-ass I can be...and I encourage others to do the same. It may seem naive but there is nothing wrong with enjoying life. Anyone can have it without bringing harm or threat to others. Feel good about helping others in need without pretentiousness, let go of excess and take care of home.
People want to pray or meditate when things go wrong but often a clear head can prevent mistakes made. While IT still happens, communities can be stronger by lending a hand.