We are 69 days since the murder of George Floyd. 142 days since the murder of Breonna Taylor. We are 4 months into the pandemic. For the first time in our history two things happened. Our entire world was silenced by a virus and the second, that silence revealed a story that has long gone ignored. From the call to washing hands to prevent the spread of the virus, we’ve now moved to a call to wearing mask. In my opinion that latter makes more sense, especially bearing on the fact there seem to be still little known about this invisible enemy.

When the world finally saw the murder of a man by public servants, the bottle exploded as for the first time people saw the truth. However, since then to avoid that truth, the shift from washing our hands to prevent the spread of the virus, we have now moved towards placing mask on each other in an effort to go back to status quo.

This thought is a reminder that many lives have been lost and for once, the ones remaining have been crying in deep pain while we heartlessly continue to ignore and allow the oppressive behaviour to continue. Before anyone comments, answer this question for yourself. Where is your heart? Before you condemn someone else, if that was me what would I want for others to say?

Today, I would like to invite you to pray for the families and friends of those who have been hurting from the lost of a loved one. Will you join with me to pray?


O. Stephen is passionate about words and believes that words can Inspire Change, Connect People, Perspectives and their Stories to create new possibilities. A published author and founder for Released Expressions Publishing, he writes daily to experience the power of the written word. He fosters growth through listening and learning to shape perspectives and bridging ideas.

He believes every individual can attain their full potential by Starting with a Word. O. Stephen is leading a movement to inspire people to Release their own Expressions. It is this vision that drives him daily to see others realize their superpower and deliver at work, home and play every day.

An avid Toastmaster and a member of the Toronto Writer’s Collective (TWC), O. Stephen carries his badge as a Mental Health Advocate. These offer him the motivation to stay grounded and be committed to serving the community. He is a dad to two (2) amazing girls. He is driven each day to live a life of gratitude and that’s just how he seeks to end each chapter. #1T518


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