“I’m strumming my own freedom, playing the God in me, representing His glory, hope He’s proud of me.” – Jill Scott, Golden
This has always been my favorite part of Jill Scott’s song, Golden because it reminds us that God is within all of us and whatever song of strength, love and freedom we have is unique to our own lives, hearts and circumstances. Whatever your song, play it loud and with pride and REPRESENT!
“With this faith, we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith, we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.
And this will be the day — this will be the day when all of God’s children will be able to sing with new meaning:
My country ’tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing.
Land where my fathers died, land of the Pilgrim’s pride,
From every mountainside, let freedom ring!
And if America is to be a great nation, this must become true.”
-Dr. Martin Luther King, excerpt from ‘I Have a Dream” speech
Greetings great people! If you are in the U.S., you will likely be celebrating “Independence day” with friends and family today. I thought today’s wisdom would be a great start for all of us to hold in our hearts as we celebrate the greatness of our independent lives.
“I am an American; free born and free bred, where I acknowledge no man as my superior, except for his own worth, or as my inferior, except for his own demerit.” ― Theodore Roosevelt
“So the fact that I’m me and no one else is one of my greatest assets. Emotional hurt is the price a person has to pay in order to be independent.” ― Haruki Murakami
“The greatest thing in the world is to know how to belong to oneself.” ― Michel de Montaigne
“To find yourself, think for yourself.” ― Socrates
“If we command our wealth, we shall be rich and free; if our wealth commands us, we are poor indeed.” – Edmund Burke
“I freed a thousand slaves I could have freed a thousand more if only they knew they were slaves.” – Harriet Tubman
As the nation prepares to honor Harriet Tubman’s legacy with a monument, let’s also honor her legacy within ourselves in how we approach life and the choices we make each day. If there’s something you don’t like in or about your life – CHANGE IT. If you don’t like the laws of your society – CHANGE THEM. If you want to start a new life for yourself – DO IT. In all things, be true to yourself and free yourself!
“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.