Imani, which means Faith, completes the 7-day celebration of Kwanzaa, which appropriately coincides with the first day of the New Year, and I cannot think of a more fitting way to begin the new year and usher in a fresh decade than to examine and reinvest in those things on which my faith is based. Faith equals life. I cannot comprehend a life without faith in things seen and unseen. Family is the base of my faith and always has been. I am wedded to my family and cannot image, nor do I wish to, a life without my mother, my children and those friends who over the years have become family.
But family also encompass the world community as the older I get, the more my understanding mature, I understand how intimately and intricately I am connected to the world community and what I want for my own blood children, I must want and pray for all the world's children, and by extension the good that I want to experience in my life, I must by the law of reciprocity want too for the world community.
I know it is possible for everyone in the world, regardless of where they are to have their basic needs met: food, shelter, clothes and some form of education to elevate the mind. I do believe everyone deserves love, comfort and some connection with nature. I believe peace is not only possible world-wide, but our faith must move us to push through and work to make it a reality, not an idealistic dream.
Lastly, I have faith in me, I have faith in Black people, I have faith that the African continent will rise from the perils of colonialism and tribal divide and control its enormous resources to benefit all its people. I have faith that the love I seek is seeking me and that all the work I have done and continue to do is having profound and lasting impact in the world.
Mostly, I have faith is peoplekind and the power of the word to speak into being that which we seek. So I begin this new decade, with Imani as the core of my being, stepping boldly and affirmatively into this Yes-Yes era. And so it is, Ase.
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