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i’m not feeling all this talk about oprah running for president.   it’s not clear she’s stuck on this idea but let’s go with the media circus and assume she is. as i took this morning to reflect on the life and legacy of the great Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, i felt sure that she shouldn’t.

please don’t get me wrong; i love oprah.  she is greatness personified.  and perhaps at another time when our society is in a different place it would work. but not now.

one of things that made MLK so great was that he was and still is the moral voice to our country’s soul.  he pushed us to think about where we stood not only by what we said but our actions.   his speeches called us to do more than say (or tweet) we want peace. we have to BE peaceful too.   he showed us through his marches how to BE a loving ‘fighter’ for justice.  

if MLK was president i’m not sure it would have had the same impact.   his calling was as an outside agitator.  his calling was to wake up our internal voices, so our external voice would speak up for the good of humankind.  which brings me back to oprah.

she has lead our country and the world by calling us to look deep within and discover our purpose.  to ‘live our best lives’. that role to me is much more important than president.  her voice and other voices of conscious like MLK, awaken us to become ‘presidents’ of our own lives.  they implore us to evolve into better people and with better people, we have better families, better communities; a country and world that is better.  

we don’t need oprah as president, we’ve got ourselves.  as the great MLK stated…

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many of you have goals for the new year.   making it through the challenges those goals will bring is gonna take guts.  

how do you build confidence muscles?

check out my student health 101 january column for tips on what to do when you’re feeling insecure: 

http://default.readsh101.com/ask-counselor-be-less-insecure/

 

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i mentioned several years ago that i’m not doing resolutions at new year’s anymore.  but i do want to think about what type of year this new one will be.  i’ve decided this year i’m ringing in the new year with three things…

first and foremost joy.   i want lots; so that means i’m bringing it on thick…laughter, fun times and joy, joy, joy!!!

next stop adventure.  2017 i realized that life brings it’s own surprises.  i want to create some of my own.  something as simple as trying out a randomly selected restaurant, taking on a new hobby, going for a walk to ‘nowhere’ and of course lots of travel. adventure will be a theme for 2018.

finally and certainly not least i wanna chill. my goal this year is to create peace each day. moments of silence, meditation and living as much as possible in the present moment. i’m tired of sweating over ‘spilled milk’ (or whatever that saying is)….namaste; all day:)

those are my three.

what are you looking forward to from 2018?

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this holiday season lots of people are shopping around looking for the perfect gift for loved ones.   we believe in the gift of time and sharing love.  but we’re also really diggin’ the sheros line of barbie dolls.  

this line of a dolls was created to inspire girls to look up to women who are breaking boundaries.  the line includes greats like director ava duvernay, plus-sized model ashley graham and the soon to be released doll of ibtihaj muhammad, first female US olympian to wear a hijab.  super cool stocking stuffers…

 

 

this thanksgiving i am grateful for writing.  i’ve been writing as long as i can remember and i hope i never stop.   it purifies my soul and helps me through this journey of life.

from journaling for the first time as a young girl, writing letters to my penpals, writing speeches in high school for student government, writing poems in college, writing the endless pages of my dissertation, writing science articles, writing my teen novel and of course this blog.  

my newest writing venture which started this month is serving as an ask the expert columnist for student health 101, an online health and wellness magazine for teens and young adults.   you can check out what i wrote here

so much writing to be thankful for.

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i was knocked off my feet after seeing the broadway hit #SchoolofRock last week.  the music was awesome and acting out of sight.  i really enjoyed the cast especially newcomer and 7th grader Gabrielle Greene.  she is a powerhouse that i’m sure we will see much more of over the years to come.

she recently performed the national anthem at madison square garden.  

you gotta check this out…

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i really liked this past episode of blackish. the musical theme was a bit of a dud but their point i get.  why are we celebrating some of these holidays?

i used to hate history class.  all those dates to memorize! anytime i had a question about what the rest of the world was doing (e.g. chinese dynasties, african history) i was silenced.  when i asked why do we say columbus ‘discovered’ a land that was already fully populated; teacher said not to question. but question i did and i still want to.

what do these holidays actually mean? i’m not saying don’t break out the b-b-que come july 4th or hunt for eggs over easter.  but let’s at least get a clue as to what it’s all about and decide if it’s something you want to do for yourself. i for one gave up columbus day a long time ago and am considering adding juneteenth (thanks to the johnson’s)…

halloween!! how on earth did that get started?  hit me up and let me know what you find…


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