Peace in Mind

Often times, we are looking for a piece of mind but forget the peace in minding…

The peace in minding ourselves before anyone else.

Before we can share happiness with others, we have to find happiness in ourselves. We cannot be burdened in trying to please those around us when we are not at least content with ourselves.

This week, I have had one too many conversations with friends in which I emphasized how important it is to strive for positivity in our singular lives before attracting and sharing the good energy  onto others. People tend to easily forget their own importance and, thus, forget their own purpose.

Don’t lose your way, my friends.

Remember to keep yourself in mind because you matter too.

You cannot take care of anyone else if you cannot take care of yourself. 

“Dedicated to the One I Love” – The Temprees

Just discovered this group by way of a shared YouTube video.

The YouTube video was a Rhythm Roulette done by 9th Wonder. He picked up a Temprees’ vinyl, ripped it, and flipped it to produce something magical. Having heard the vinyl spin one time was enough for me! Motown oldies really hit the spot! In no time wasted at all, I was on Spotify looking for The Temprees and vibing out to their music.

Now, I am telling myself that I have to find a record of theirs to add to my collection!

“Resonate”

May your anger have reason,
And, with reason,
May it resonate.

We may not be able to run
From our problems,
But, we can
Chase our dreams.

We cannot hide from the turmoil,
But, we can help
Sew together
Broken seams.

May your anger have reason,
And, with reason,
May it resonate.

Black lives matter,
Black lives matter,
Black lives…

They say.
They say.

One day,
I hope
They get it.

One day,
I hope
They pay.

May your anger have reason,
And, with reason,
May it resonate.

Black lives matter.

Then,
Tomorrow,
Today.

I have been wanting to write something to reflect the injustice that has been present for quite some time, and hurting so many. It pains me to hear of friends’ mothers’ worries for their children because they are black. I can no longer sit quietly, so this is how I choose to stand by them.

I titled this “Resonate” and wrote it in a repetitive-like pattern to emphasize a message that should echo to many others, so that others will understand the impact of this matter. Although many other peoples and cultures have gone through oppression and injustice, what is happening right now stems very deep to a peoples – one that only they may truly understand. I have been educated by friends time and time again, and I still cannot place myself in their shoes for the stereotypes I fall under do not subject me to be treated as they are. It is the truth. This does not make anyone else lesser than the other, but let us not be ignorant. Face the truth. To my friends, their families, and to many others affected by the injustice, I stand by you. I am learning to understand.

Thank you to my friends for giving me insight and purpose to write such a piece. All of your opinions and emotions shared with me were passionate and beautiful. To those of you who I have spoke to about this, you know who you are and thank you. I know it is not much, but I hope that it makes a difference.