& starting today, happy Kwanzaa! I will be sharing brief posts with each principle each day as we make our way to the new year!
To strive for and to maintain unity in the family, community, nation, and race.
day # 2
Kujichagulia- Self Determination
To define and name ourselves, as well as to create and speak for ourselves
This week, our last week of the year we get a twofer! I hope you have enjoyed your holidays this far. It’s Monday, our last Monday of 2020, and this week ought to start off as good as you would like any other week to. This week is still a part of your journey, your story. How you use it, live it still matters and carries power.
What awaits you? What special quality you possess awaits to being light and joy to someone else’s day? What’s on your mind/heart?
Today is the only today you have, the only day that’s active! This is your time to do what you want to do and be who you want to be!
Kwanzaa day #3
Ujima- Collective Work & Responsibility
To build and maintain our community together and make our brothers' and sisters' problems our problems and to solve them together.
I contemplated doing another Tuesday think tank.. but I think I’ll keep it short and sweet today while still encouraging you do to your own think tank.
Pick a handful of questions to ask yourself or ask between friends, loved ones...ones that really get you thinking about your growth, your contribution, what you’ve been enlightened by, and what you’re still curious about.
Today is here and will be here for you to do all the “must get done” items on your mental or physical lists.... but you are in charge of taking the opportunities to exercise your mind in different ways, to stimulate the heart through thought... Take some time to do that.
Kwanzaa day #4
To build & maintain our own stores, shops, and other businesses and to profit from them together
It is Wednesday, a great time in this week and one of the last opportunities in this year to truly pause and contemplate your relationship with self and others.
Don’t just take some time, make it an agenda point to use today to assess these relationships, where you are, where your loved ones are, your friends, colleagues,, whoever it is you care enough to know how they’re doing.. today is for seeing how they’re all doing! Today is for being honest about how you’re doing!
Remember to let love, compassion, understanding, grace, and unity tule today.
Kwanzaa day #5
To make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness
Well we are here! The last day of the year but not quite the end of the week!
I know reflection is usually the Friday speech, but how could we not on such a day as this?? Am I right?
Yes, it’s Thursday. What good are they? What has a Thursday ever done for you? Let’s think about that! Let’s think about the days that we felt big, strong, undefeated! Let’s think about the days that hurt, made us pause, cry, and wonder how we would go on... Let’s think about who was there for it whether in person or over the phone. Let’s think about how you got from point A allllllll the way through those things to this pint right here, right now.
Wow. Being here for this Thursday ain’t small potatoes, folks. You made it. Now keep on keeping on.
Kwanzaa day #6
To do always as much as we can, in the way we can, in order to leave our community more beautiful and beneficial than we inherited it
Happy New Year!
You did it! You’re here!
What a beautiful morning it is... one of continued reflection and great hopes.
Today is yours as any day given to you. Today, you consider your values, your priorities, your loved ones, and yourself. It’s the end of the week but the beginning of a new day and year, both sure to provide a unique journey as long as you’re willing to show up and be a part of it!
Enjoy your day, friends.
Be kind. Stay safe.
Be safe. Stay kind.
Kwanzaa day #7
To believe with all our heart in our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders, and the righteousness and victory of our struggle
Green year hard past sure card.
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