The world is an unjust place. The Trayvon Martin case is proof of that. He was a young man that was on his way home from the store doing nothing wrong. He was profiled, followed, and killed. His family, along with us as a people, went to the courts seeking justice, and we were denied. This is a hard pill for us to swallow because many of us hoped that we had moved beyond this. Some of us naively believed that the civil rights struggle of the sixties had brought us closer to a place of equality. But the Trayvon Martin case is yet another example to remind us of how far we have to go.
My daughter recently had an on-going issue with a local government agency. Despite her repeated phone calls and several in-person visits (including one with the director), she did not receive any attempts to resolve the issue. She then decided to put pen to paper and write a letter to the director and copy key local government representatives. The very next day she received a call from the director acknowledging receipt of the letter and asking her to come in to meet. The director indicated that she was now taking personal responsibility for her case, and once the issue was resolved, she would follow up in writing to her as well as the state reps that she copied. My daughter’s case is one of many that indicate that the pen is still mightier than the sword.
[caption id="attachment_17557" align="alignleft"]Photo Credit: facebook.com/pages/Rondo-Days[/caption]As a people, we have learned to turn lemon into lemonade. Every day, we experience events that would break the spirit of ordinary people, but as a resilient people, we have managed to find the silver lining. Time and time again we have found positive responses to adversity. The annual Rondo Days celebration is a testament of our resilience. Here is a little history of the Rondo Days celebration.
There are some truths that are evident to all, and one of them is that all men are created equal. This week America celebrates a national holiday commemorating the drafting, signing, and approval of the Declaration of Independence. The Declaration of Independence is one of the most important documents in the history of America and the African American people. This document later became the catalyst for other key documents including the Emancipation Proclamation, 13th amendment abolishing slavery, and the 15th amendment prohibiting the denial of suffrage based on race or colour. The Declaration of Independence along with these other document reinforced the self-evident truth that all me are created equal.
Although I have previously written on the top of the pillars of a healthy relationship, I still get a lot of questions around the key ingredients needed to build a successful one. Successful relationships are built beyond the human eye. I believe that below the surface of every bond, the following key components must exist. These components are honesty, trust, intimacy, and communication. These 4 mainstays serve as the necessary support for all the other components needed for success and are the fundamentals for all relationships.
What is a blended family? In its most basic sense, a blended family is one where the parents have children from previous relationships but all the members come together as one unit. It is said that the blended family is now the predominant form of family and it is estimated that there are approximately 23 million blended families in the United States. However, as blended families become increasingly common, the definition of a blended family is changing. Understanding the basics of a blended family can be essential for ensuring that your family can embrace its strengths to work through its differences.
“Hello world!” It is the first line of code that someone starting out in computer programming will write. It is a very simple program that allows the programmer to see that the things that were wrote behind the curtain is now available for the whole world to see. This simple declaration serves notice to the world that a new programmer is now on the scene, and this new programmer is determined to leave his or her mark on those who will enter into their domain. This is true for people as well. Our brain is like a giant computer that runs on the programs we write every day. The world is the recipient of our programs whether they are good, bad or indifferent. To be most effective in life, we must keep some basic computer principles in mind.
“Study to be quiet.” It has been 15 years since I put pen to paper to write what then was my first book. At the time, I was going through an extremely difficult period in my life, and I began journaling as a means of therapy. I would get up at 5:00 AM each morning. It was during this quiet time that I would write out my complaint to God. Day after day, I wrote. After months and months of complaining, one day, I ran out of things to complain about. It was then that God begin to speak back to me the answers to my problems. Days later, I had an epiphany and realized that if I had been quiet, I would have gotten the answers that I needed a long time ago.
“Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord” (Ephesians 5:22). What does it mean to be submissive? Throughout my travels, the word “submit” or the concept of being submissive has always been a volatile topic. Just because the Bible says wives submit to your husband does not mean everyone believes it to be true. Some women view the word as reminder of an archaic time when it was believed that a woman’s place was in the home bare-foot and pregnant.
We all have a purpose in life. We were all created to do something that is greater than the accumulation of wealth. Real success in life can only be measured by the accomplishment of your intended purpose. You are successful when you do what you were created to do. Until we truly understand why we are here, we can never put the energy needed to bring it to pass. We are greatest when we know our divine purpose.