5…4…3…2…1…Happy New Year!!!!!
Well, 2015 is now gone, and 2016 is all ready for whatever we give to it. The big question is; what are we going to do? What are we going to change?
Many people have made many new year resolutions, and unfortunately, most of them are thrown by the wayside by the end of February. I personally feel that we should just strive to be better each and every day that we live. If we happen to make it to another year, we should start the year off by doing an inventory. So I have taken it on myself to do an inventory on my people. There are many things that we do that should have been over a long time ago. So here are my do’s and don’ts for 2016.
- Increase your knowledge in the Lord
- Learn to love yourself
- Love your brother’s and sister’s
- Learn the value of a dollar
- Take care of your neighborhood
- Men respect women
- women respect men
- Take care of your children
- Hold the people we elect accountable
- Do your best regardless of the situation
- Kill each other or anyone
- Poison yourself or your community
- Waste your money on unecessary or unaffordable things
- Believe everything you hear or see without research
- Keep making other people rich
- Withold important information (especially murder)
- Feed what doesn’t feed you
- Expect help. It’s not coming.
- Give up
There were a lot of things that went on in 2015 that we need to immediately get straight. We must make sure that the killing that we are doing to each other stops. We must also get to the bottom of law enforcement killing us as well.
The unemployment rate for Blacks is still twice that of the nation, and we must take a stand against Corporate-America and Wall Street. If they are not hiring our people, then we need to stop supporting their businesses. There are many companies that sponsor Black initiatives, but do not highly employee Blacks. We must expose these companies. These companies not only need to have Black workers, but Black leadership as well. There are still only 5 Blacks leading Fortune 500 companies, and this is a sad reality.
Our elected officials should know that 2015 was the last year that we are going to give our blind vote simply based on their color. I was once told by a wise man, “Everyone that is your skin, ain’t your kin!” That has truly stuck with me since I see a lot of Blacks sitting in the seats of influence, but are doing nothing to bring about change for our people.
Finally we must get back to understanding the whole concept of, “You are what you eat.” We must do a better job of taking care of our health (mental, physical, emotional, spiritual, and financial). We need to feed our minds healthy thoughts. We need to feed our bodies healthy foods, and exercise. We need to feed our emotions with positive reinforcements, and rest when necessary. We need to feed our souls more God than man, and more God than myself. We need to feed our pockets or accounts, and Black businesses before we give our monies to someone else.
I know that nothing that I have said is going to be easy to do. The point is for us to begin getting ourselves used to trying to do this every day of every year until it becomes the NEW WAY for Black people. When things get tough, just remember that you are a product of a kidnapped people, who did not know the language, who did not know how to get home. People who were raped, beaten, sold, executed, and opressed. Then take a look at the little or lot that you have and think of those same people that made this happen for you, and get busy, because you have the same drive that they had living inside you!
Happy New Year!