Little Hands

Those hands, those precious little hands…did they ever have the chance to work with all their might? Those minds, those tiny, little, inquisitive minds…did they ever have a chance to discover? Those voices, those meek and mild little voices…did they ever have the chance to give a speech that would define a generation or even shape a nation? Those feet, those itty bitty feet…did they ever have the chance to run the distance, to compete for a medal of honor? Those hearts, those small, but strong, willing to fight, forever loving hearts…did they ever have the chance to flutter at the  feeling of a first love, graduation day or the realization of their dream seeing the light of day? Those souls…those wonderful, brightly-lighted souls. So filled with hope, we smile because they batted their little wings and flew to heaven. 

Although we have never seen the face of innocence being abused and broken, the truth of the matter is, children all over the world die everyday. Sometimes it is war, because they fight for the right to go to school or for reasons such as this that remain untold. Whatever the reason, it happened and the truth of the matter is, until we change ourselves as individuals from the inside, we will not see our precious little planet earth grow on the outside. It is just that time to pass the ideals of community, compassion and love onto our children and their children in turn…violence is never the answer.

In honor of the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy I wrote this piece not just for the children, but for the parents, who have to cope with not having their little babies come home, and for all of the teachers that gave their lives trying to protect all of their students, even though it was not asked of them. As a teacher, you feel like these children are your own and truthfully I just commend them wholeheartedly for all of the courage and bravery they displayed on December 14, 2012.

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Breaking the Mold

No, we weren’t created to be like everyone else…hiding behind the facade of “beauty.” No, we weren’t fascinated by celebrities nor looking to figure out who was dating who, but by what problems we could solve. How can we save a life? No, we weren’t into talking about what we were going to do, for we stepped outside into the world and did it. We were created to create, to innovate and to build legacies that would last for generations to come. No, not our faces to be seen but our voices to be heard. To be humble is our mightiest attribute, for our greatest sense of pride can only come from a child’s eyes when it shines with a glimmer of hope for their future, their belief in creating something the world has never seen before. No, we do not follow, we lead. No, we do not boast, but simply succeed…for it is not by our words but by our actions that speak of our true accomplishments. No, we are not like everyone else but the genetic mutations of generation X. We sought out more than just nine to five and the confines of walls…we fought for more, for the world. Discovering uncharted territory, we made leaps and bounds, destroyed the status quo and yes, we are here to break the mold.

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The X-men weren’t just fictional characters in a comic book, they symbolized the greatness of being unique and the boldness to make an impact and ultimately revolutionized the sentiment that there is power in being different.

Rocket (Wo)man

“I’m not the man they think I am at home.
Oh no no no I’m a rocket man.
Rocket man burning out his fuse up here alone…all this science, I don’t understand.
It’s just my job five days a week.
A rocket man, a rocket man.” (Elton John, 1972)

-Like sir Elton, be ready to fly beyond the plateau of your imagination. Above mere Earth lie galaxies unbeknownst to man. Live your life expecting more than just the norm, and even if no one believes in you, the most exuberant feeling occurs when you believe in yourself. We can fly far above average, if we just muster up the courage to try…I’m ready, are you?

All For One, One For All

In the wake of the devastation following the spontaneous destruction that was Hurricane Sandy, we, not just as Americans but also as human beings need to take a step forward and do what we can. When people cry out we need to listen and when people need help, we that have must provide. In the event you are looking for a way to reach out, please head over to this article provided by Time Out New York City to see a list of some amazing organizations providing a great deal of volunteer opportunities. Even if you are one million miles away, your donations make the world of a difference. One of my personal favorites is the Food Bank of New York City. Please donate to those that are really using their funds to make a sincere difference and if you are in doubt, never be afraid to call them directly or research reviews online.

The truth of the matter is, everyone was affected by this…it is not just New York, New Jersey nor Connecticut’s fight but it is all of ours as a nation. We have to rebuild together. So please, do what you can to help in any way that you can because regardless of what any critic may say…any help is a meaningful one.

"All For One, One For All"

Just as the Three Musketeers fought until the end, we’re going to do the same. We’re going to get through this and come out stronger than ever before…“The merit of all things lies in their difficulty.” (Alexandre Dumas, The Three Musketeers).

International Day of the Girl (Follow-Up)

Great news! I received an e-mail from the President of CARE.org and was more than overjoyed to hear that some important strides have been made to protect and educate our children. Below is the message so please feel free to read up on it and if your heart desires, do some further research on volunteer or donation opportunities. Much thanks and appreciation to Secretary Hilary Clinton, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Ford Foundation and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). Let’s all continue to make a difference in whatever capacity we can…trying is the most important step.

International Day of the Girl

“I am woman…hear me roar” is the common underlining statement embodied in the American female spirit. While we were once born and raised to play as the domicile, domestic creature of gentleness, we are now the working force…the backbone behind the dreams of our children, the strength of our husbands. We bring it all together and there are many who have full-time jobs, as workers in both the corporations and as mothers in the home. Then there are the single women, like myself, whom also work countless hours but hold off on marriage, all to capture a dream.

Indeed, when I am asked why I am not married nor seeing anyone, I could give multiple excuses as to why it is not so only to come back to the underlining factor that it is ultimately just that that keeps me on the path that I am on…my dream. There was always something inside of me that told me I was not meant to be in one place, but was meant to be everywhere I was needed…to soar, to fly, to seek an infinite amount of possibilites. Personally, I chose not to be married right now because there are so many people who need my help and they, to me, are more important than the little house with a white picket fence right now. I can wait for the PTA meetings and the parties because I have faith that will all come to me in due time but there are kids out there thirsting for their right to a decent education…and that is what I want to give, that is my purpose.

Being alone right now is nothing short of a blessing because we, as women, should strive for something more. From Joan of Arc to Tina Turner, we’ve taken the hurt, pain and oppression then turned into fuel for our fire, a rise to power, greatness and attribution to our destiny. So in honor of celebrating International Day of the Girl, I partnered up with CARE.org to celebrate the infinite beauty and strength of the form that is us…woman. The best way to show your pride is to show how much you care, so help bring bring awareness to ending child marriage everywhere. Let us celebrate these girls and let them know that they have the capability of becoming the entrepreneur, the teacher or the senator. They have the infinite amount of possibility all in the palm of their little hands and eyes brightened by expectation.

 

*Did you know that over 60 million girls all over the world whom are forced into marriage before the age of 18? This post supports the International Day of the Girl on October 11th on behalf of CARE.org and Charitable Influence, a network of bloggers using their voices for good.

Can We Run?

I met a man once who started out with just a dream, but then he ran…struggled. He was awake from the moment the sun arose, to the moment the sun began to set. Maybe it was the lack of sleep or the hours of late nights toiling that made him fight, but it wasn’t the lack of food that drove his hunger…it was his dream. To make what was once an image stored in the back of his mind and forever kept sacred in the depths of his heart-it was the pursuit of himself, his passion, his ultimate reality defined on the premise of sheer determination and hope for the future.

In this race we call life, never look at it as something that we can just merely walk through. Indeed, stop and appreciate the simple things every so often, but when you are young in spirit, brave in heart and solid in mind now is the time to pursue your dreams (in the words of H. Rollins) “…with monastic obsession.” It’s your time now, so appreciate every minute while it is in your presence.

Opulent Optimism

An opulent display of vibrant colours glistening in every hue. Your smile is your chance to say to the world, “I am here, I am the analogy for life.”

Although we are a species assimilated to believing in the notion that the glass is half empty, instead of half full. However, find the eyes of a child for they have yet to be exposed by the pessimistic nature of what we deem as “reality”…they always have something to smile about. And like the children who are slightly oblivious to responsibility, hardships, heartache and pain, we must facet ourselves to be a modification of them. Indeed it is important to grow in knowledge and gain wisdom on your path in life throughout adulthood, but also keeping a homeostatic balance by never losing our childish innocence.

Being an optimist does not make you gullible or nieve, it just means you have a heart so gargantuan that it has room for an infinite amount of possibility…to believe in that whisper telling you to never give up and present that sublime smile for everyone to take notice of.

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“Veronica and Mektilili’s painting entitled ‘My Family’ from the Children’s Art Exhibit at the MET in New York City. I fell in love with this piece because every character shows a glimmer of happiness. When you begin to feel the painting, you can somehow believe that the actualization of life is based on the notion of the glass being half full, instead of half empty.”

“Open Your Eyes…”

“Open your eyes. Close your ears. Close your ears. Open your eyes. Listen to the words you see. You are blind to what you hear. Listen to the words you see. Do not fear the truth beneath. Reach for roots beneath the trees. Listen to the words you seek. Don’t listen to a word they say. Do NOT listen to a word you’ve heard. Do not listen to a word you’ve heard. People are people we live for our own. Live how you think not by what you’ve been told.” – Justin Nozuka (2006)

Such significance in this song by Nozuka entitled quite rightly, “Don’t Listen To A Word You’ve Heard.” The first time I heard this song I actually closed my eyes and breathed in every word he sang. Personally, I believe that the undertones of the song urge us to forge our own paths, follow it with abundant vigor and be sure that it provides meaningful content to the soul. We all have a copious network of roots beneath our simple exteriors, it just takes time and dedication to reveal the beauty of our inner truth.