Greetings and Good Monday Morning All!😃☀️
I hope that all is well and that you all had a fantastic weekend! This weekend was pretty low-key for me. I stayed in. It was a pretty yucky weekend here in Maryland, and it was felt much better to stay in the house; relax, straighten up and clean my home. So that's what I did. I also watched a lot of PBS Documentaries. One in particular that I would like to encourage you to watch is, The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. It is a six-hour docu-series covering African-American history from 1800-2013. I will also suggest, Black in Latin America. Both series are really well documented and researched. It was a blessing to be able to learn more about my African-American History. In the future, I will continue watch these two documentaries again and again. With Black History Month ending last week, throughout the month of February, I've been obsessed with immersing myself in Black History. Amongst the many wonderful attributes and characteristics possessed by African-Americans, I wanted to discuss our #resilience and #optimism because, as a people we seem to greatly embody these two qualities. So without further delay, let's dive into this message.
Joshua 1:9 “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
I wanted to start with this bible verse because, within the African-American community our faith and strength is deeply rooted in our resilience and optimism. The Bible refers to optimism as hope. It is our hope that is also connected to our faith in God to expect a positive outcome when we believe. As I watched the PBS documentaries, I thought about what our people have endured since arriving on American soil. I think about the faith and hope they had for a better day in order to have survived all of this time. I also think about how, even in this day and time, we are disrespected daily, for instance, with the President referring to us as, "dumb", several cases of elected officials wearing, "black face", and so many cases of violent acts of racism on the rise. However, even with all of this negativity, as a people, we remain resilient and optimistic because, that's who we are.
This past week, was a tough week for me. I felt a bit discouraged, and my mood had dropped to an all-time low. I wrote about how I picked myself up, on Friday, during my #maireflectivefriday #blogpost. Somehow, I bounced back. I believed in what is to come, and that is greatness and happiness on the horizon for me! I know that I am resilient and I am optimistic! If my ancestors can endure, the pain, trials, and tribulations of blatant racism and slavery in their lifetime with the faith of a mustard seed, in a God they did know or worship before coming to this country, or one that they could not see; surely I can do the same by believing in a greater tomorrow. So can you, you to, have the resilience and strength from an ancestry of great people. You also have the ability to believe in what there is to come. We do not have it within our DNA to give up, neither do we have the luxury to give in to pessimism! We come from a great ancestral line of people that was optimistically resilient! So let us embrace our resilience and optimism with great pride. It is engrained within us, and no one can take that away from us.
As I close, I hope that you're reminded of your resilience and optimism as an individual. Collectively when we show our resilience and optimism, we help each other to come through hardships with flying colors. Resilience and Optimism are the roots of our strength. Stay planted in them, and encourage your fellow man to remember them when they are going through something greater than themselves. May you have a beautiful day and remember you are resilient and optimism is within you; for tomorrow will be better because, you have faith in God and believe it to be true!
Peace, Blessings and Happy #MondayMotivation!
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