It’s 2010 Do You Know Where Your Life Is?

Are you drifting along or running in circles? Walking up a steep incline with slippery soles or on a well-lit path? Forget the New Year’s Resolutions. People make grand gestures of sweeping change that usually falls flat. It’s going to come down to taking baby steps, an almost imperceptible series of motions that must be wrapped in light and positivity. As a former half is glass full thinker (who still has to catch herself) thanks to the discouragement of others I can understand how outside forces really pull at your soul. I had to make a choice to think better so I could do better.

It’s a process that must be repeated and implemented but it works. I had to let go of what I knew to be “true” about certain things and put on a new coat. When I noticed a slight shift it was so encouraging that my heart literally soared. After a period of internment I decided it was time to make a move. I’m still transitioning as I work through all the necessary steps to complete this change. It’s not a process of having everything handed over on a silver platter but one of eyeing little steps as part of a larger goal. That way I’ll always have something to work towards but I’ll have a slew of achievements to look at as I continue on this journey called life.

This blog is titled Acts Of Faith for a reason. I was trying to sort through my own confusion, dissatisfaction and desire for advocacy by writing it down. It’s been amazing to find so many online resources of other intelligent and accomplished women. We have to take a leap of faith in order to have a great life. And we all need love.

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Kwanzaa Day 7: Imani

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Today as we begin a new year, we will conclude our observation of Kwanzaa with the appropriate seventh principle: Imani – Faith.  Hey that’s my name! 

The goal is to believe with all our heart in our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders and the righteousness and victory of our struggle. 

This collective concern and love is wonderful. I’m going to dial it back a bit though and charge that the first thing WE have to be concerned about is TAKING CARE OF OURSELVES FIRST!
When you fly, you are instructed to put on your oxygen mask before assisting others in case of an air pressure drop. The same needs to be said for us, specifically for Black women. For in far too many instances we are operating with a handicap and it’s time to acknowledge that. Yes, there are plenty of exceptions, wonderful exceptions. For far too many however, that is not the case and it’s time to face reality!
The faith in the community has to be manifested amongst its people by their ACTIONS. Not talk, not surveys, not reports, not diversions, not intentions and certainly not neglect and pretending nothing’s wrong. I have seen the light and am working out my course of action. What I accomplish in 2009 will be a testament to that. 
How will your faith manifest itself this year? What are you going to do in 2009?

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