Sak Rete OU? PUBLIC Posts
by Marie Antoine, Kriyol Dance! Collective Public Voice
In this week’s wellness conversation we are discussing creativity as a tool for problem solving and discovering new mental pathways. In times of uncertainty, what do we need to do on an individual level in order to activate our ability to access new solutions, imagine new possibilities and innovate new approaches for dealing with unfamiliar challenges?
This current health pandemic is creating major shifts in our society. This reality leaves many feeling powerless and anxious wondering how we will handle these changes, what impact will they have on our individual lives and what does this unfamiliar space have in store for all us? Each of us are accountable for taking part in co-creating our shared reality; but many of us do not feel equipped or capable of taking on this responsibility. This collective passivity is a result of our being taught to solely rely on others for ideas and solutions. “What can I do?” “What strengths do I possess that will enable me to rise to this challenge for myself and for my community?” The answers to these questions lie within, yet we choose to wait for the answers from elsewhere; thereby negating our respective creative faculties and externalizing individual responsibility.
Sak Rete Ou? (What's Stopping You? in Haitian Creole), holds space for reflections, meditations, poetry, video blogs, and capacity to captivate readers through creative writing. To the question, sak rete ou?, we respond "Nou Se Kriyol!" (We are the Children! in Haitian Creole), implying and calling on the strength, kindness, and revolution of our Haitian ancestors to move forward!