Art of the Month

This year I am going to tell you a story. It is a very long story but deserving. I am going to add some color to history. Many of these stories you know, you might have put them all together. Allow me to.

People of African descent have always been here. Racism tries to make us believe that Africans were not smart enough to leave the continent until a European or Asian showed them how. Not true.

Simon was from a city in Northern Africa in Libya. It was settled during the time of Greek reign. It was the oldest and most important of the five Greek cities in the region.

The first story I share goes back to 33AD where a Jew name Jesus is carrying the weapon of his destruction down a road. Beaten and exhausted, Jesus needs help, so they get a man who is fresh in from the country, a man from Cyrene. This man is from a Greek city on the continent of Africa. He used his two feet to get from one place to another.

Something about this man made him stand out from the crowd of people following Jesus. Something obviously physical because they thought he would be able to bear the burden. Here is the beautiful thing, God knew he would be able to carry it. Simon’s two feet and strong back carried the cross.

I don’t know if Simon was on a trade route or maybe he was visiting Jerusalem as a practicing Jew, but he was far from home. He was bigger and stronger than any in the crowd. His sandaled feet followed the path God had him on. It changed everything for his family.

God wrote us into this story. People from Africa were there. We weren’t standing on the sidelines. We had a role to play.

Where we came from didn’t limit where we were going. It never has.

In 2022, I am going to add some color to history.

Affirmation

You are capable. Write down everything you accomplished this month. Even those little things. Learn to appreciate those little things. Continue to remind yourself that you are capable. You have skills and talents. You accomplish a lot every day. Appreciate your talents and skills. Value yourself.

TV Show of the Week

This is a cute little murder mystery I stumble upon on Prime via Acorn TV. An antique dealer’s husband is murdered in France after purchasing a very expensive ring. When she goes to collect the belongings she discovers that her husband had a double life. The first season she spends looking for the person who stole the ring.

This story is fun, the characters are quirky and the scenery is beautiful. Sometimes the characters speak French, but it allows you to feel like the main character with her limit language abilities. I always give plus points for multiracial casts. It also has a creepy edge with sinister characters who lurk in the background.

Try the Madame Blanc Mysteries and let me know what you think.

What ARE You?

You are capable. You can do anything.

Remind yourself of how wonderful you are. You have managed to do a lot of things up to now. Learn to value your skillset.

Remind yourself that you have knowledge. You have experience. You are capable.

Effective. Impressive.  Whatever is before you this month, you got it. I Am Capable. There are Tees, Crews, and Hoodies. You can order at UPP Creative

Art of the Month

This year I am going to tell you a story. It is a very long story but deserving. I am going to add some color to history. Many of these stories you know, you might have put them all together. Allow me to.

People of African descent have always been here. Racism tries to make us believe that Africans were not smart enough to leave the continent until a European or Asian showed them how. Not true.

Simon was from a city in Northern Africa in Libya. It was settled during the time of Greek reign. It was the oldest and most important of the five Greek cities in the region.

The first story I share goes back to 33AD where a Jew name Jesus is carrying the weapon of his destruction down a road. Beaten and exhausted, Jesus needs help, so they get a man who is fresh in from the country, a man from Cyrene. This man is from a Greek city on the continent of Africa. He used his two feet to get from one place to another.

Something about this man made him stand out from the crowd of people following Jesus. Something obviously physical because they thought he would be able to bear the burden. Here is the beautiful thing, God knew he would be able to carry it. Simon’s two feet and strong back carried the cross.

I don’t know if Simon was on a trade route or maybe he was visiting Jerusalem as a practicing Jew, but he was far from home. He was bigger and stronger than any in the crowd. His sandaled feet followed the path God had him on. It changed everything for his family.

God wrote us into this story. People from Africa were there. We weren’t standing on the sidelines. We had a role to play.

Where we came from didn’t limit where we were going. It never has.

In 2022, I am going to add some color to history.

Affirmation

There will be moments when you don’t want to believe in yourself. There will be times when you want to through away everything you have accomplished. Let your work be like the smell of garlic, very hard to get rid of. But also bring life and flavor to everything it touches. Let it remind you of how capable you are every moment of every day. I am capable.