Something to think about:
You Hold Yourself Captive
and Others Hostage
When You Do not Forgive.
Today is ours, let’s live it
And love is strong, let’s give it
A song can help, let’s sing it
And peace is dear, let’s bring it
The past is gone, don’t rue it
Our work is here, let’s do it
Our world is wrong, let’s right it
The battle hard, let’s fight it
The road is rough, let’s clear it
The future vast, don’t fear it
Is faith asleep? Let’s wake it
Today is ours, let’s take it
Poem Credit: Actress Ruby Dee
As pedestrians pass the skylines each morning,
from afar, they observe her picturesque view.
Greeting each one with her an out-stretched arm,
she receives each visitor with grace and honor.
With beauty radiant enough to lighten up the night,
her eyes gaze over the city with warmth.
The epitome of freedom,and equality,
she’s grace with the beauty of a French,
colossal neo-classic, goddess.
Symbolic of life, success, and class,
foreigners behold her glory.
A goodwill gesture towards all men,
observers in awe of the copper, sun-kissed,
statuesque symbol of liberty find
she is their muse.
Dear Younger Self,
This letter is to you, my younger self. I wish I had talked to you before now, or I could have offered you the wisdom I have today. There are so many things you would not have experienced if I had, and you probably would be a different person today. But, I have learned along the way, the life experiences and lessons you learn are for the making of you. Some things you must learn on your own. If life is too easy, you might miss the lessons necessary to build your character.
You are the reason I am who I am. You see, before you were formed in your mother’s womb, there was already a plan for your destiny even if you failed to stay on the path meant for you. There are times I would tell you to listen to your parents and any adult who does not ask you to do anything harmful to yourself or anyone else, or any adult or authority who do not ask you to do anything illegal.
Younger self be respectful. Young people who are respectful are admired by adults like myself. Besides, it will earn you respect in return. You owe yourself respect. It makes it easier for you as an adult.
While you might not understand at the times when you are offered guidance or counsel, but, in many instances, adults are really looking out for your well-being and trying to help you avoid some of the mistakes they have made. This might not make sense to you since you are my younger self, but as life goes on, you’re understand later.
My dear younger self, if I could, I would try to calm your fears about life ahead. I would encourage you to enjoy life right where you are right now and do not worry. As an adult, you will learn, more than likely, you will experience more older years than younger ones, so enjoy your younger self now.
I will be remiss if I failed to tell you there are some people in this world who will not wish you well. It will never matter to some if you do your best, it will never be good enough. You can’t control what others say or think about you. You can control how you think and feel about yourself.
Please do not worry whether you are good enough, do you fit in with others, or why someone would not like you. When you’re my age, you will forget who did not like your younger self, and you will not worry about fitting in the ones who resist you. You see, at my age, there are so many other things of concern like paying bills, staying healthy, your family and loved ones, and asking yourself am I pleasing in the Lord’s sight. Just know, whatever you are going through now, younger self, “this too shall pass.”
An African proverb: “The Wind doesn’t break a tree that bends”
Some bent kneeling in prayer.
Some bent laboring in fields.
Some bent traveling to foreign lands.
Some bent enduring hardships.
Some bent leaning on the Lord,
but all are still standing.
September 11, 2001, “we choose to remember, we will not forget
the scattered pictures of smiles left behind.”