onward in motion
riding into the unknown
trusting in God’s plan.
© 2013 Liza Morales
implanted seeds of creativity
we must share our gifts for advancement
family feeds off each other
our community needs us
add color to the world
share His works
Kuumba – CREATIVITY: To aspire daily toward continuously improvement, focusing on personal achievement, family development and neighborhood well-being and advancement
The Kwanzaa principle “Creativity” demands of us that we strive for continuous improvement. This principle pushes us to achieve at our highest potential. At the family level, each member strives to improve home life (e.g., chores, relationships). At the neighbor level, the push is to improve the quality of relationship and the quality of life.
© Liza Morales 2013
Nia- PURPOSE: To make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness.
The fifth day of Kwanzaa is a day for reviewing our purpose for living. Each family member should examine his/her ability to put his/her skill or talent to use In the service of the family and community at large. Take time to reflect on your expectations from life: discuss your desires and hopes with family and friends. On this day you should try to determine if this purpose will eventually result in positive achievements for family and community.
Explanation: The Nia principle asks each person to be services or mission-driven on the behalf of their family, school, and community. The core concept and practice of the value Purpose is service. Service to others, family school, community and the nation is what defines who we are and our possibilities for developing communities that provide the context for families and children to thrive and flourish. Each member of the family, school, or community is asked to examine his/her skills or talents and determine how he/she will put forth those skills or talents in the service of the family, school, or community.
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As the year draws to a close, I can’t help but reflect on the last twelve months. The year of twenty thirteen has been one like no other. I’ve experienced the loss of both my parents and endured capsizing life changes in the recent years but it all falls pale in comparison to the journey of this passed year. The cuts were deep and the tears formed rivers but blessings came in abundance in the midst of the squall. I’ve been able to recognize the beauty in pains and struggles. There lies the greatest lessons and gifts of life. I am grateful for the cognizance. I am grateful for the altered perspective. I am grateful for the conduits God has placed in my life.
Everyday, I read/listen to the Word, for it has become food for my soul. [Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart]. I’ve come to learn that every answer to life resides within the Word. I am happy to have reached a different plateau of a strengthened faith. Spirituality is a priority in my life. God is placed first and foremost and it is He that I maintain keen awareness with. He has become my greatest example, it is not through man. I’ve allowed Him to excavate my soul, inside out and replenish my spirit in His glory. My heart is softened and humbled because of His unconditional love and His endless mercy [Quran 6:147 Limitless is your Lord in His mercy].
For the coming year, I will continue to listen. I will continue to take heed to His whispers. I will continue to keep Him near. I will continue to serve Him and praise His name. I will continue to remain open for His bestowals. I will continue to recognize and appreciate all of His blessings. I will continue to walk righteously and maintain reciprocity within our relationship. I will continue to strive to be one of His best representations.
I thank you, for your love and mercy. I thank you for the people you’ve placed in my life to serve your purpose. I thank you for my beautiful children (my soldiers) and their amazing father. I thank you for my health and the essentials to maintain it. I thank you for the countless blessings that are revealed in my daily life. I thank you for the capacity of growth. I thank you for finding me worthy of your love. I thank you for your favor. I thank you for the conglomerate of occurrences that have contributed toward my enlightenment. I thank you for life’s hardships, for they have reshaped me in strength and courage. [2 Cor 12:9-10 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.]
Lord, I ask that you continue to touch lives across the universe. I ask that you place your healing hands upon the broken souls. I ask that you fill the holes in all of the world. I ask that you protect and cloak your children with indestructible armor.
Please forgive those who turn their backs on you, for they know not what they do. Have mercy on us all. I bow before you in supplication, with intercessory intentions.
Heavenly Father, I pray to be the very essence of you. I pray to be stripped of all things, until we see nothing but YOU.
Thank you for such a profound year. I look forward to the next, trusting that you will continue to keep me equipped and encouraged.
It was one of my best friend’s birthday, my childhood friend, Annette. We’ve been friends since the age of 10 and here we are celebrating together, as she turned 40. I am incredibly blessed to have her in my life. She has contributed to many of my life experiences and, even, lessons. There are endless memories that have been formed in my heart and I’m just as certain, with hers. We’ve encountered many, many layers of life together. I’m honored to have shared such experiences, in love and faith. We mesh our offerings and bless each other with the reaping of growth. We’ve both experienced each other on various levels. Our friendship is in existence because of love, compassion and constant mercy. It has grown ‘through’ and I’m grateful. The endurance has outlasted. Indeed, the blessing is recognized.
During the celebration, I was moved to sit still and absorb…… and that’s exactly what I did. I sat in the midst of love, light and laughter. I watched as she engaged with her family and friends. It exuded such a warm feeling. She was encapsulated by her parents, siblings, cousins, aunts, uncles and the extended. There were folks who drove across state lines and some even caught a plane ride, just to be part of this special evening. It is all love.
I observed tables of friends, from different eras of her life. Everyone was showing her so much love and that made me smile. Everyone gathered around her, (some literally on line) for either a hug or a picture or both. The love was so thick in the air, I couldn’t help but inhale it. She was looking so fabulous and shining so brightly! All night I watched her smile and dance her heart away and that brought me great joy!
I love you, my beautiful friend…
assist in shared wealth
support your fellow artist
let’s build together.
© 2013 Liza Morales
Ujamaa – Cooperative economics is a principle that empowers families to come together around their collective economic interest and to see their economic strength in sharing resources and cooperative investing, buying, and selling. Moreover, the moral ties necessary to achieve and practice the Ujamaa principle obligate those who live in the community to support, care for and look out for each other and to see the interest of the each person as tied to the interest of the family and community. In a word, wealth and resources should be shared.
© 2013 Liza Morales
Umija – Collective work and Responsibility:
To be sure, this principle cultivates the greatest sense and practice of empathy. Being empathic is not just an emotional feeling, but a critical component of our humanity. The African maxim give voice to this notion: “A human needs help.” The “imperative here is to act because our families and people deserve t be helped. This notion is “born of an acute sense of the essential dependency of the human condition.” The African proverb underscores the concept and value of interdependency reasoning: “A human being is not a palm tree as to be self-sufficient.” Humans, therefore, at all times directly or indirectly, need the help of others.