Sunday, November 29, 2015

Our past shapes our future. There are things worth holding onto and things that need to be let go of. Be sure when letting go that it's not something of value less you'll regret it years later and may never be able to get it back or at the least if you do it may not be in the same condition.

I loved this video when it would air in the middle of my morning programing as a kid. It is such a warm memory of the simplicity of the past. It reminds me that no matter how much things change that a memory can instantly transfer you back to that same warm place if just for a moment.

I cherish memories. Even the ones that hurt. I learn daily to let go, but to never forget. Each memory shapes who I am as a person. Yes, live for today but don't forget the past for it defines every moment of the present....even a minute ago.

I am ever grateful for the past. The Throw Back Thursday's of everyday.


Saturday, November 28, 2015

Be Inspired

You want to be inspired to be your greatest self?

This is one of greatest documentaries about some of the most influential black people in our community.  Take an hour out of your life to watch it whether you black, white, purple, red or blue.  I remember watching this a few years ago and feeling like I could do and be anything just like one of them.  A quote that I am reminded of and try to live by daily is one by Keenan Ivory Wayans. In a conversation with his father while discussing wether or not he'd complete his engineering degree instead of pursuing comedy.........
"If I have a cushion that I know I can fall on, I'll allow myself to fall, but if I know there's nothing but hard concrete, I'm gonna do my best to stay standing"

I am grateful for those great people that came before me and that influence me to be my best self.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

History on my mind

I woke up this morning with history on my mind. If you don't know your history it's hard to understand the present.  History has always been my favorite subject.  Learning about the past gives you knowledge of self and a greater understanding of the world.  Talk to your elders, figure out how you shape history yourself and tell those younger than you the stories of old.
In the song strange fruit by Billie Holiday she sings about the lynchings of our black men during her time.  Recently,  Jill Scott was given the task to do it again in relation to current happenings of our day.  Listen to both renditions for yourself and understand. Be awake and know history. If you pray, pray that the history we create today creates peace, if you hope, hope for a better day for our children and their children.  If you wish, wish for privilege for all and not just those that were born with it.

I am thankful for history.