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What Am I Thankful For? Me.

I’ve seen so much hate, contempt and disrespect lately. Over the last two weeks I’ve cried and questioned everything and everyone. What I’ve come to realize (what i think I’ve always known) is that I can and will do more. I’m demanding that the high standards I have for myself will have to be upheld by those around me and I’m positive that love and kindness is the greatest way overcome hate and indifference. While I could spend the rest of my life reciting what I’m thankful for, right now, in these times it’s who I am and what I believe in that I’m truly thankful for. I’m blessed to have these traits…

  • I am thankful that I know in my heart that I do not judge or have prejudices against other people.
  • I am thankful that I see good in others until they show me otherwise.
  • I am thankful to be a lifelong learner. Not too proud to improve my knowledge and understanding of the things I don’t know.   
  • I am thankful that I can give to others without hesitation. 
  • I am thankful I am empathetic and compassionate. 
  • I am thankful for my dedication to manners and proper etiquette. 
  • I am thankful that I can see pain through the behavior of others and treat them accordingly.
  • I am thankful that I want to hear the stories of others, expanding my understanding of the people throughout the world.
  • I am thankful that I can work hard. For myself, for my family and for others. 
  • I am thankful I can see greatest in others.
  • I am thankful that I feel best being kind, generous and supportive.
  • I am thankful for my dedication to children and young people, understanding that they are the most important.
  • I am thankful for my sense of pride for who I am and where I’m from.
  • I am thankful that I have an overwhelming need to give, receive and surround myself with love.
  • I am thankful that I know how blessed I am. Especially to have my family, my husband David and my daughters. 

It’s moments like these that we see how strong we are and the impact we can have. We are powerful. And in the words of my favorite Marvel Superheroe’s Uncle…”with great power comes great responsibility”
Happy Thanksgiving!

Should You Weigh In? Probably Not.

I cannot have conversations with ignorant people about racism, diversity and injustice. Nor can I stand their ignorant comments all over my Facebook feed. Although I love a good debate, there are too many feelings and opinions involved and not enough facts. So, to make it easy, here are some things to consider that will help determine whether or not you should speak out, post on social media or take part in conversations public, private or on television.

Speak out if…
1. You are black and have a decent understanding of the facts.
2. You are not black but have a close relationship with black people. 
3. You get your news from multiple sources not just your go to, biased source.
4. You are focused on improvement and change.
5. You recognize and admit there are huge issues around race and diversity in this country.
6. You are well versed in history, especially American history, especially black history. Not what was taught in school, but you have taken time to read, study and reflect. 

7. You want to make real change and will actively participate in that change. 

The history of black people in this country cannot be covered in a month and is not pretty or for the faint of heart. I study American history because I want to know and understand. 

If you can’t check these boxes you’re not helping. If you’re not helping, you’re the problem.

You’re welcome.