Wednesday, March 12, 2008

my history love affair

my wise and generous elder Bill, sent this to me today. ( you insist, yet it still feels weird to call you by your first name, i am a southern girl at heart:-) i appreciate and love you. i know that i am blessed because of the people like you in my life. thank you for the generosity with which you share your wisdom.

when i received this it resonated as confirmation.

i love history. it guides me. my history and my ancestors caution me; i feel their whispers in my spirit to go left, now make a right and just ahead will be truth, wisdom, understanding.

history cautions me to take information and flip it that i may have clarity. we are in a backwards world. i am abundantly blessed. we all are. we must stand and claim our blessings. they are our birthright.

today i read a quote by Frantz Fanon:

"each generation must, out of relative obscurity, discover its mission, fulfill it, or betray it."

fulfilling our mission must be the purpose as i see it. resisting oppression, all oppression is the mission. we must be focused and diligent where ever we are. each of us.

i know i have been preaching the importance of knowing, appreciating, respecting our history and ancestors. enjoy Dr. Milton's voice. apply the principles and live freely...powerfully...committed to be the much needed change.

Understanding Wisdom And FOREVER Appreciating The Past
Dr. Alice Tyler Milton
~ Associate Dean of Business and Information Technologies Division ~
~ Acting Director of the Small Business Center ~

Wisdom may be defined as a practical outlook to the problems of life. Wise men and women of our past and present made many sacrifices and used their life experiences to help strengthened our confidence and abilities in ourselves. Their life experiences have always been placed into words to conform our thoughts as we present ourselves to the future generation. Adhering and understanding the words help us to progress with greater opportunities to success. Words of wisdom have always had the capacity to motivate, expound, and discipline the minds of listeners. Thurman Arnold stated “Unhappy is a people that has run out of words to describe what is going on.”

Moreover, wisdom is a flourishing fountain of virtue, respect, self-assurance, and self-respect. Cultural understanding helps to nourish and keep the vision alive—no matter what generation. History has shown that the most successful leaders are those who have learned to draw upon our heritage of thought and experience. Booker T. Washington believed that the story of his life was a typical American success story, and he redefined "success" to make it so. Because of the many wonderful accomplishments of the past that made our present and future brighter, we must NEVER forget our history.


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