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Dec. 24-30. 2018
I hope everyone has been enjoying their holidays! I hope your Christmases were as merry as can be and your time was spent with good company. #challenge is still on holiday but I will be recognizing each of the seven principles of Kwanzaa for the next week leading up to the New Year!
Happy Kwanzaa! Habari gani! Today marks the first day of this holiday. A little bit about Kwanzaa: it is an annual seven day holiday just after Christmas, used to recognize seven principles that are incredibly significant to our own characters as well as our communities. Each day as a principle is recognized a candle is lit in its honor. There are typically 3 red, 1 black, and 3 green in representation of the pan-African flag. This holiday is by no means exclusive so feel free to follow it as we approach 2019!
Today we recognize “Umoja” which means Unity. The definition of unity I’m sure is not lost on many of any of us, but the PRACTICE of it often can be. Consider what this principle means to you and what it looks like for you to exhibit it and the times you’ve been able to truly witness it.
Today’s principle is “Kujichagulia which means Self Determination.
Self Determination is so often used the meaning is boiled down to drive and capability which are not excluded from the definition.... but look at the words. Determine self. You get to determine who you are/want to be, what you believe in, stand for, your voice, your aspirations, etc. No one else. So why not take the lead. It’s an ongoing process but one well worth starting.
Today’s principle is “Ujima” which means/refers to collective work & responsibility.
This to me embodies everything from actively seeking help from others without fear or pride, reaching out to serve others, building each other up, succeeding alongside one another, refusing to let comparison & competition threaten what humanity is about. Look outside yourself. See each other. Do for each other. Be there for each other. Thrive for each other.
Today’s principle is “Ujamaa” which means/refers to cooperative economics.
This principle talks about shared construction & profits of business. I like to think of small businesses, nonprofits, but also any project with purpose. It’s the idea of collaborative ideas being brought to life for mutual benefit.
Today’s principle is “Nia” which means purpose!
Whether you are searching for it or working to fulfill it, pleas believe that you have it! I truly believe that our purpose is deeply rooted in our very spirit, our character. It’s woven into our gifts, our skills, our outlook, our heart, how we live, how we love, how we do good.
It’s a weighted concept and truth about you that is a privilege to pursue, discover, & practice each day.
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