mmmhhhh…..the confusion of identity
Originally posted on The observer Blog:
They are the cute little nieces and nephews that visit once in two years from abroad. They have the best diasporic accents that make us smile. Then they resume their diasporic life after a month of holidaying ‘back home’. So where exactly is their home? Their new adopted countries that will always recognize them as immigrants or their abandoned country that will count them as diaspora? Having nieces and nephews all over the globe myself, I never realized the severity of the issue until I heard a teenage boy twenging the word cucu (kikuyu for grandmother) at a Kenyan event in Cape Town. He wasn’t the only one, kids were running around the place speaking in the Xhosa and Zulu accents with such pure ease that if it wasn’t for the occasion they might as well have been natives.
Originally posted on RocketNews24:
High school is a drag, especially in Japan. Along with all the typical tests and homework that come with being a student, there’s a seemingly never-ending list of rules (you must wear special indoor shoes, wear a mask if you’re sick, open all the windows in the dead of winter to ventilate the room) that are enough to make even the most diligent of students want to scream. That’s why these Japanese students are really nailing this high school thing. Not only have they found a way to have a little fun amongst the stress and pressure of school life, they’re pulling it off with style and creativity that not only brings a smile to their own faces, but the faces of procrastinating netizens all over the world. Nailed it!
the balance will return…
Originally posted on Source of Inspiration:
The oceans are dying
no fish, no plants
no life to be found.
How do we stop the
steam roller of destruction?
The expansion of human
consciousness into the
Divine Matrix will produce
the pure energy needed to
heal the Earth. Each of us
can contribute–indeed, must
participate until the 100th
monkey has arrived, tipping
the scales of life into balance;
into the loving arms
of the Creator
who awaits our awakening
our willingness to change.
Fear No Mo’
Originally posted on Black Women Have It Going On:
By Marianne Williamson
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness
That most frightens us.
We ask ourselves
Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.
Your playing small
Does not serve the world.
There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking
So that other people won’t feel insecure around you.
We are all meant to shine,
As children do.
We were born to make manifest
The glory of God that is within us.
It’s not just in some of us;
It’s in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine,
We unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we’re liberated from our own fear,
Our presence automatically liberates others.
I thrive in diversity. Nothing excites my mind more than exposure to new ideas and liberal thinkers. I am challenged to think deeply anytime I am bombarded with alien ideals. I excel in a space where people complement rather than complete with each other. I have discovered that there is no sweeter space for my soul that that which is free of discrimination and prejudice. My spirit continually craves for that space where one is encouraged to integrate rather than assimilate. My comfort is to have the chance to ask what I do not understand so that I can learn; at the same time, give back by teaching someone something from my rich background.
I like an atmosphere where people do not pretend to be blind rather acknowledge that we are indeed different; yet that should induce interest and positive dialogue. Finally, I thrive where I am involved; where I feel free and fully part of the decision making team. I feel fulfilled where my skills and ideas are welcomed and utilized; where I am part of the puzzle rather than the passive third person. My paradise is that simple place where I am free to express my genius and creativity. This paradise is my territory and no matter how big a challenge is, as long as I am creatively free, I can guarantee total victory.