(translated: Stagnant water rots)” —
when we do not move, when our blessings and our privilege are not shared, when our power is not used to empower others, when our voice is not used to speak for those who can’t, when love is kept to our selves—that’s when we rot.
오늘 다시한번 내 삶으로 깨달은 진실.
A difficult truth for me to hear, because I’ve always maintained that I was “little old me” doing what “I” liked to do…yes they were not things other people liked to do, they were not things other people would do voluntarily, they were things I chose to do, to strengthen myself, to satisfy a curiosity, to follow a small flicker of desire in my heart, or a dream sent from beyond, obscured, daring me to move forward, to step out, to be brave enough to embrace what I was to become. I had read it, when Lorraine (Hansberry) said, “Eventually it comes to you; the thing that makes you exceptional, if you are at all, is inevitably that which must also make you lonely” but his yelling it made it much more real. And now, that its materializing- both the exceptionalism, and the loneliness, its become very very real, yet the only solution is for me to become much much more of myself.
as you can see, this statement took…a while to come forth, but I now have a statement that rings true to me, my values, and where I am in life at this time.
I am a community and family centered, spiritually grounded woman who uses her education and career as a scholar and public speaker to empower women and girls through the discovery and use of their creativity, learning to love themselves and engaging in healthy practices.
In my personal life, I am honest with myself, using my freedom and independence to proactively create a life of transparency that I fully own and am proud of.
I use the support of my community to engage in the cultural work necessary to create a legacy of greatness while supporting others in doing the same.
I strive for excellence, seek out beauty, create my happiness and walk with the pride of my ancestors and knowledge of my purpose.
How about you? What is your mission? If you’re interested in creating a mission statement, check out The Happy Black Woman. I’d love to see what you come up with, and follow the Happy Black Woman Community on Twitter with #31DayReset.