Saturday, March 10, 2018

Beauty

Is beauty only skin deep?  Yes, every layer that lies beneath the epidermal layer makes it beautiful or not so beautiful.

The same with our lives, each layer that lays beneath appearances eventually shows. 2018 has been making sure every layer is just as beautiful as the next. It started off easy and all I really expected to do was outer beauty treatments to make my outer appearance more beautiful... however...

I'm finding that my beauty is very deep and the deeper the layer the more challenging the beautification needed to make it shine.

There is an authenticity inherent in beauty and I pray for the strength of character necessary to make my beauty a lifestyle.

Friday, January 5, 2018

Processed Person

Me!
I didn't know I was a processed person until I knew that I liked myself. All of a sudden I didn't find it necessary to adapt another person's opinion of me to be alright.

An analogy: Food processing combines raw food ingredients to produce marketable food products that can be easily prepared and served by the consumer.

That's what I was doing to myself, making myself "easy" for others consumption. That compromised my best self and diluted my genuine contribution.

I can't say that I'm completely reformed, but at least I recognize I am alright just as I am becoming!

Yes!

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Vanity

I could never eat spaghetti without cheese until I decided avoiding dairy products would help preserve a more youthful appearance.


Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Movement

Sometimes a move to another location is necessary, but only a movement in perspective makes the change real.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Flow

Weeks ago a simple tweet caught my attention. The content of the tweet isn't important, but the subtle tool the universe used to speak has put a book at my fingertips, a football player in perspective and a movie depicting historical events on my must see list.

These three, and possibly more to come, random subject matters are all speaking a unified message. It is amazing how random these things, events and people are yet the universe has managed to amplify the commonalty each shares and its relevance, specifically to me.

I'm still listening and deciphering the message the universe is currently speaking, but had I ignored that nudge, that that tweet conjured in my being, I wouldn't be able to hear the symmetry of randomness. It's an amazing sound! It's like listening to your favorite song for the first time. That wonderful thrill of hearing something so perfect, makes you want to listen over and over again.

The point is life is always talking, but we are not always listening. Paying attention to the little, seemingly unimportant things that get our attention, can lead to phenomenal discoveries.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

I Wonder

When I read W.E.B Du Bois, James Baldwin and Richard Wright, I am able to grasp life through their experience.

A place and time that is very different from my own, yet somehow still resonates in my experiences of 2017.

Times have changed, people have changed, life for the average African-American has changed yet somehow that color line that supposedly disappeared still exists.

I wonder if one day we will every truly live in a color blind world. I wonder if anyone, even myself can really see through my color. My beautiful, my controversial, my identifying color?

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Separation

  Separating the past from the present is acknowledging hope for the future.