Don’t look back.

Our lives are full of history, filled with past and present events, like our first scratch on the knee, playing outside, our first bike ride, Our first kiss, that first relationship followed by the first heartbreak, our first jobs, our first real taste of the world. All these events that have served as a brick or the bricks that have led to the lives we have today.

As adults, sometimes we roll back the curtains of memory and get stuck remembering the bad things,
It’s important to not focus too much or get caught up in the negative things that have occurred in life, we must be sure to snap back to reality and separate who we were then from who we are in this time.

Philippians 3:13 (New living translation) says:
No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead.

Though I believe we shouldn’t look back, I do believe that we should take the time to reflect, to remind ourselves of how far we’ve come. God knows that as adults we do get discouraged and need a nudge every now and again or even  a gentle self reminder that we’ve come a long way and that we’ve done things right along the way which should encourage us to stay on the right path

Sometimes we forget or lose track of why we’re still going, we forget what we set out to accomplish, it is In these times that we have to remind ourselves that the journey, although as rocky and as discouraging or as rough as it may be, is worth it.

As life moves on and continues from day to day and year to year, don’t look back, don’t let whatever the mountains are in your life cause you to give up, continue to look forward. Onward and outward because your destiny is waiting for you.

Allow me to leave you with this,  it was Maya Angelo who said:

I am that Tree planted by the River,
Which will not be moved.

I, the Rock, I the River, I the Tree
I am yours–your Passages have been paid.

Lift up your faces, you have a piercing need
For this bright morning dawning for you.

History, despite its wrenching pain,
Cannot be unlived, but if faced
With courage, need not be lived again.

Lift up your eyes upon
This day breaking for you.
Give birth again
To the dream.

” The only reason you should look back is to see how far you’ve come”

Inner Awesomeness… I think that you may have forgotten that you are awesome!

Hey you… Yes YOU reading this.. here’s a gentle nudge and a friendly reminder that You are awesome!

Inner awesomeness can be defined as self-confidence, it comes from deep down inside, it is knowing who you are, it’s having the spirit of compassion, it’s knowing the things you like and the things you dislike. I believe that this awesomeness is in all of us, but we have to tap into it.

Eugene Hennie said:

“I forgot that I was awesome, “

I think this statement rings true for so many people because over time somehow we lose our self-confidence, our shine and our passion for life and then it takes going on an inner journey to remember not who we were but who we truly are and find our sparkle again.

So, what can we do when we lose sight of ourselves or lose our way?

In a blog i wrote some time ago, I mentioned that we all have a story to tell, each of our stories are different but what holds true is that at some point in our stories there comes a time of reflection where, it helps us to see where perhaps we went astray and gives us the opportunity to ask.

How did I get here?
What happened?
What must I do to find my way back?

We can also try to pinpoint our purpose.

2nd Corinthians 3:2 says “You are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read by all men.” Truth be told, sometimes we are the only bible, encouragement, strength, smile that people see from day to day, we may not even pay attention enough to notice it and that in and of itself makes us awesome.

So, whether it be a smile or an encouraging word, the next two questions are:

What is the message that you have to share with the world?
Are you doing what needs to be done to live in and fulfill that purpose?

In one of my blogs titled “To thine own self be true” I spoke about being authentic, being authentic is a big part of that inner awesomeness, it’s the not caring what people say and walking in your truth from day to day that makes us special, only those who are insecure find reasons to hate because they only wish they had your inner strength.

The very fact that there are so many who have this strength is awesome, I believe it should be worn like a cape 🙂 or badge of honor and shown to the world, I mean, after all why hide it?

I opened with a quote from Eugene Hennie who said “I forgot that I was awesome”. Well, for those of us who have forgotten, here’s a friendly reminder “You-Are-Awesome”💓 don’t you ever forget and from this day on don’t you let anyone dim your light.

Black History Spotlight. Mr. Bayard Rustin.

We know that The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King was and always will be the face of the March on Washington But!!!! Did you know that it was Mr Bayard who quietly organized the marches?, Mr. Bayard was the man who would rally the troops.

• In 1942 he helped form what is known as (CORE) the Congress of Racial Equality , Core, alongside the NAACP helped to lead in the struggle of the civil rights movement.

• In 1947 he helped to organize and take part in what was called “The journey of reconciliation” this would be the first of many freedom rides against segregation in the south.

The reason why Mr. Bayard was placed in the shadows was because he was a gay man and at that time he was considered to be to much of a liability to be on the front lines of the civil rights movement, he also had ties to communism that Dr. King and others felt weren’t to note worthy.

Mr. Rustin was said to be one of the
most brilliant minds of that time, he faithfully served the community all while being the voice that pushed for better jobs and better pay for black people.

Introducing Mr. Tice David’s.

When we hear and think of the underground railroad we often attribute that to Mrs. Harriet Tubman!! Did you know that the underground railroad didn’t start with Mrs. Tubman at all?, nope, it surely didn’t, the underground railroad was started by a gentleman named “Tice Davids” in 1831.

Mr Davids ran away from his slave owner in Kentucky, he swam across the Ohio River while his owner was right behind him on a boat trying to catch Tice, mr Davids made it to the Ohio Shore just moments before his master could catch up with him, when his master finally got to the shore mr Davids was already gone, his master could not find him, his master said Tice must have gone off on “an Underground railroad”

It is believed that he was hidden away by abolitionists who then helped him escape to freedom.

It was Mr. Davids running away that would soon lead to the naming of the underground railroad.

Black history….did you know?

Today’s feature: Cathay Williams

Did you know that Cathay Williams was the one and only female Buffalo Soldier, posing as a man named William Cathay to enlist in the 38th infantry in 1866?. She served for two years before a doctor discovered that she was a woman, leading to her discharge.

Inaguration day 2021. Why this Inaguration was so special and appreciated.

(Why this presidency and vice presidency are so important and special)

The evening before the inauguration i asked a question on my FB page, “is anyone staying home or debating staying home just to watch the inauguration tomorrow”?

Some said they will be watching from work, and some said they would be working from home while watching but there was one that said

“it’s just another inaguration, nothing special about it,”

When I read that comment I immediately thought to myself that the person who made the comment could never possibly understand why the inauguration/presidency of 1/20/21 would indeed be different from any other in history.

President Biden in his first speech reflected on waiting at a train station 12 years ago for ” A Black man to pick him up as they would then make their way to Washington, where they were sworn in as president and vice president.”

“Here we are today, my family and I, about to return again to Washington, to meet a Black woman of South Asian descent, to be sworn in as president and vice president,” he said

Up until the inauguration of Barack Obama never was there a Black man in the Office of the President. Former President Obama and his wife Michelle Obama gave Hope and paved the way for what “could be” he famously said YES we can!!.. and now here we are some years later being led by not only our former VP who himself broke a barrier by choosing a woman as his running mate but not only that, Vice President Kamala Harris is a woman who has broken barriers, not only is she the 1st EVER Black VP but she is also the 1st ever BLACK (mixed) woman to serve in such a capacity.
Vice president Harris brings HOPE/LIGHT of all our Black, Brown and Mixed children that are growing up and may have dreams like she did, she is the Trailblazer that little girls and little boys will for years to come will look up to, Kamala Harris gives hope that if you work hard enough and seek it out then IT CAN be done.

In her acceptance speech back in November VP Harris said:
“While I may be the first woman in this office,” Harris vowed, “I will not be the last, because every little girl (insert boys as well) watching tonight sees that this is a country of possibilities.”

Yesterday we heard a powerful poem that was meant for a time such as this from a young lady of color, Miss Amanda Gorman who stands on the record for being the first and youngest woman of color to grace the stage of a presidential Inauguration, her poem was titled “The Hill we climb”

As this Presidency comes to fruition, Bidens cabinet members and staff are that of diversity and inclusion, in school i was taught by my history teacher Mr. O’Connor that America is a melting pot, I think that for a long time we have forgotten that, this presidency has bought that saying back to life, it is a picture of what America looks like.

For the first time in history there are more women and people of Color than ever has been, included on his staffers are Pacific islanders, Asian Americans, first generation Americans and for the very first time in history, though some may feel some type of way or have mixed feelings or disagree we have a transgender woman who will be our health secretary Ms. Rachel Levine.

We are AMERICA!! This is a great change from where we have been and what has been, to where we are now. This presidency is proof of real change, good change, much needed change
President Biden, a President for ALLL the people, our president has vowed to create change and I stand with him so, let us not critique him but instead let us not leave all the burden on him, let us work together to bring his vision for THIS AMERICA to pass.

The Healing has come to our people and to our land…. Ladies and Gentleman let us celebrate, here stands our PRESIDENT and VICE PRESIDENT!!! ❤❤❤🇺🇲🇺🇲