I hope your week ended well and your weekend was FABulous!! Cheers to another week (Give us STRENGTH)!
I recently read an article, “Young, Black and Amazing” by Constance C.R. White, Editor-In-Chief, Essence Magazine.
In the letter, Ms. White conveyed to readers the obvious fact, Black Women Are Amazing!
We are an innovative, strong, intelligent, courageous and shall I not forget, Stylish cohort. Although we are not always viewed with such positive attributes, it is our duty as mothers of the earth to ensure that we are at least viewed in such a light within our own hearts and minds and by our own. This is done by reflecting, realizing, and reorganizing our lives to become better each and every day that we are Blessed to see! We are powerful beings who should be impacting our communities and investing in our futures.
Whether we realize it or not, we are all uncertain of one thing or another at this point in our lives. We are in need of positive, active women in our communities to contribute their wisdom, helping us to overcome obstacles and embrace our own power and beauty (beyond the physical). Whether it is to learn and understand their thoughts concerning the men in their lives, how they got over heartbreak, how they forged ahead in their careers, we need to know. We need to inquire about their struggles and triumphs as they learned to love themselves through disappointment, how they found the strength to get right back up and keep pressing on. We need to know how they manged their money, wield their power, choose their birth control, take care of their skin. We need to help these great women understand that we need to lean on them, that we need their support.
In the letter, Ms. White listed 15 things that she wants to say to all of the “twentysomethings”, who include Young, Black, and Amazing – YBA- us:
- Ask yourself, What do I want to be doing at 40?
- Make a plan and work it: You can tweak it along the way.
- Reach out. You dont have to do it alone. We’re are here for you.
- Save a little bit every week, even a single dollar.
- Don’t accept negative things others say about you. If they have an observation, tell them to make it constructive.
- You are responsible for your actions.
- Video dancer is not a profession.
- Be aware of the ways pop culture may try to to diminish you. Reject them.
- Be patient with peoples short comings but not their bad behavior.
- Know that you can love someone and still walk away.
- Any job is better than no job. It’s not forever. It’s merely a stepping stone.
- Any man is NOT better than no man.
- Men think about sex a lot. What’s on your mind
- Whatever you dream, there is a Black woman who has already done it.
- You CAN do it too.
As world traveler, Angela Petitt says in ” The 10 Principles of Power”, ” Don’t be afraid of the space between your dreams and reality.”
These women have your back. I am proud to say that although I fall into the category of “twentysometings”, I am one of those women!
To a brave man, good and bad luck are like his left and right hand. He uses both. ~ St. Catherine of Siena