“The battles that count aren’t the ones for gold medals. The struggles within yourself–the invisible, inevitable battles inside all of us–that’s where it’s at.” -Jesse Owens
Great morning all. A simple and meaningful bit of Soul Food for you this morning; overcoming your personal obstacles, inhibitions and complexes yield the greatest rewards!
“Don’t be in a hurry to condemn because he doesn’t do what you do or think as you think or as fast. There was a time when you didn’t know what you know today” – El Hajj Malik el Shabazz (Malcolm x)
Great day, bright people! Today’s Soul Food from the great Malcolm X is a lesson for ALL of us to remember where we came from; remember who we once were; remember what we once knew and what we didn’t know at one time and to keep our minds and our hearts centered on who we are in the now before we jump to the act of condemning a person, a group of people or behavior. Empathy is greater than indifference.
“Wanna fly, you got to give up the sh** that weighs you down” – Toni Morrison
Great day all! Today’s Soul Food is a wonderful, and blunt reminder that in order to move on, and in order to be our best selves, we must let go of our baggage, let go of our complexes, let go of our hang-ups and free ourselves. Some would say, “easier said than done” but then others would say “ain’t nothing to it but to do it!”. Pick one.
“The two most important days of your life are the day you were born and the day you discover why!” – Tony Mercedes
Greetings great people! Today’s Soul Food is great instruction to all of us to remember ourselves and who we are in our own quests to discover our purpose. When Atlanta music legend Tony Mercedes posted this as his Facebook status a couple of days ago, I HAD to share with all of you. This is God’s purpose and life instruction, explained fully in its simplest form. Take it in, remember it and pass it on!
“When I discover who I am, I’ll be free.” – Ralph Ellison
Today’s Soul Food is an easy reminder of the power we all have over our own concepts of freedom, wisdom and self worth. Once we do the work to find ourselves, we are free from all of the restraints set upon us by others and by our former selves.
“They saw themselves as others had seen them. They had been formed by the images made of them by those who had had the deepest necessity to despise them.” – James Baldwin
Malcolm X once said “we have to see each other with new eyes” and this wisdom rings true in today’s Soul Food from the great James Baldwin. We all have to stop seeing ourselves through the perceptions of other people and through the opinions of those around us. No one can define who you are. You paint your own self-portrait and you decide who you are is who you want to be. Commit to yourselves today that you will not be defined by someone else’s image of you and that you will not place your own perceptions on to others. We all have to learn to see each other with “new eyes”.
“Every time I had the good fortune to research into someone’s religion I found “God” to be the image of the people to whom the religion belongs; that is providing its philosophical concepts are indigenous, not colonial.” – Yosef Ben-Jochannon
If today’s Soul Food teaches us anything, it’s a quick lesson in returning to the source of our wisdom to reach the true lesson. We have to be careful not to let our personal points of view, our own experiences and our own preconceptions shape how we interpret or see a concept, a truth or a lesson.
“Wisdom is not like money, to be tied up and hidden.” – Akan proverb
Greetings, great people! As we embark on a new week’s journey, we must remember that with all we encounter and all we learn, we must share our knowledge with others. the only way to change society is to share ideas and to educate others about ourselves and about the world. Make it happen!
Make every day Valentine’s Day!
“I have learned not to worry about love; but to honor its coming with all my heart.” – Alice Walker
Greetings good people! Celebrate and share love every day!