So it is Black History Month(BHM). What exactly does that mean? Why is there a month? It often occurs to me appreciation should be more consistent and not a month long marketing blitz. But I digress.
What I want to highlight is acknowledgment and what it creates. BHM was created as a space to acknowledge all the contributions that black people have made in an on going manner. So what does acknowledgment do? It allows for us to let others know we appreciate them and, in turn, get really present to who they are for us. So, have you ever thanked your mom for what she did for you? (birth, diaper, feeding, the whole nine yards) And realized in that moment how much she did for you? It’s really an amazing thing. You can do that with anyone. Even if you don’t know what to say – create something and watch it be true. Yea, it does sound like a lot of blah blah. But I guarantee if you take it on. You will be amazed by what you walk away with.
It’s the same with BHM. Really taking the time to look at the contributions that were made which allow us (us being anyone who can breathe) to do what we do is really quite amazing. Take for example Mae C. Jemison who was an astronaut when it wasn’t cool, or Matthew Henson whose boundaries were limitless, or even Zora Neale Hurston who was a prolific writer during the Harlem Renaissance. These people followed their passion and consequently new realms were opened to us. Kinda cool.
For me, what these and others have done is create a space for me to try things out and know that I can do them, no matter what others say. What did they do for you?
So, what exactly is that?
I’ve heard it so much I ‘m used to the phrase, but it occurred to me others might not be. So I thought I’d share quickly. A WHO?Woman is a woman who is inspired and unstoppable in anything that matters to her. Now, its easy to say “That’s not me ’cause I have this issue and this issue and this is not working in my life.” But, if you think about it.
Really think about it.
You are because you wake up every day and you do the d*mn thing. You persevere for others and are resourceful. And whether your horn is aplenty now or a little lean, you make it happen. Remember that just because it does not look like you think it should, does not mean its not working. It just means it looks different.
For example, I had a team call (I’m on a team to eliminate debt in our lives and to have freedom and ease around money) and when I got off the call I was a little disappointed. I thought people should have talked about certain topics to really get across that the team was having a positive effect in their lives. And my mom called me later and asked me how I felt things went and I was all well blah blah blah. And I won’t forget what she told me. She wanted me to consider that the goals of the team were fulfilled because the team was talking about money with fun and ease and everyone was moving toward their goals. And I was like well, when you put it that way yea it was a success.
I say all that to say- take a step back. Sometimes we are so focused on specific measures that we forget the success in our lives. So declare yourself a WHO?Woman! And share with us. What makes you inspired and unstoppable?
There are a group of dedicated women who support the business of WHO?Intentional. Through their tireless work WHO?Bags is being brought to you. We thought it would be a good idea to get to know them. In the coming weeks we’ll have posts titled “Women Behind WHO?” which will introduce you to these unique and amazing women. Be on the look out!