In my solitude,
I’m at peace.
and I collect
In my solitude,
I’m at peace.
I’m not lonely-
Even when I didn’t know how to love willfully you loved me
unconditionally. I was going through my life and living on
borrowed time, but I didn’t know it, until I begin to learn
love’s true meaning comes from above. Revelation of your
love is a catalyst for my transformation and new outlook.
Since you’re embodiment of love, I’m an image of love.
Your love is in me, and mine in you. Here with willingness,
I am yours …The life I live, it’s yours. It is not mine to own…
I surrender completely. My love belongs to you …
I give myself solely to you.
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Some individuals succumb to adversity while others overcome them. Richard Allen, a former Delaware slave was an overcomer. Over 200 years ago, before Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., had a dream, Richard Allen did too. Allen is an African American who did not allow the color of his skin to define him. Today, the content of his character defines his legacy.
Richard Allen was born in February 1760 as a slave and died in March 1831 as the founder of the African American Episcopal church, the oldest independent Protestant denomination affiliation for African Americans and other worshipers. Mother Bethel A.M.E. church in Philadelphia was founded in 1787 by Richard Allen, Absalom Jones, and others after being asked to leave from kneeling to pray with a White congregation at the St. George Methodist Church in Philadelphia, PA.
“Today, the African Methodist Episcopal Church has membership in twenty Episcopal Districts in thirty-nine countries on five continents. The work of the Church is administered by twenty-one active bishops, and nine General Offices who manage the departments of the Church.”
(Original photos property of Yvonne Lott)
Some years ago I was asked, “It’s your birthday, what have you learned since the year before? “My response was- without hesitation- ” to live in truth.” I did not expect to respond abruptly. I had to explore the significance of those words. I’ve determined those words mean it’s alright living in truth and free from the expectations of others.
I can say I am weak when I’m weak. I’m not always strong.
There’s no reason to feel compelled to say “yes”when I mean”no.” Down-playing my accomplishments aren’t necessary, but I need to remain humble while receiving them. Yes, encouraging others is honorable but encouraging myself is too.
Taking care of my wellness is as much a priority as caring for others. Raising my thinking to a higher order requires some form of spirituality. It is necessary in my efforts to stay focused and grounded. Renewing my mind daily is a “must” and necessary to dispel toxic thinking.
Other things I’ve learnt- My experiences are my experiences; therefore, I should avoid judging others by my experiences. Only seek to understand others, and if asked my perspective, it’s only my point of view.
I must keep mindful, perspectives are influenced by my environment. I have either adapted, changed, or conformed to certain perspectives. I should remember any situation occurring out of my control if a change is desired, I must change.
Listen more, speak less, but when speaking- have something to say. I can’t keep someone down without staying down myself. When I try to limit others I must stay in their position to make sure they do not move. These are some valuable lessons learnt.
Life is too complex for my opinions, or perspectives, to encapsulate it.
Others may not always agree with me but efforts to understand from their perspective will help us understand each other better. We are in this together. Each person or encounter is an interaction deposited in our thoughts and actions. We either respond positively or negatively, but we are affected.
Finally, I’ve learnt not to expect from others what I am not willing to give. Hurt does not need denial. I don’t know everything- but that’s alright. I recognize the lack of sufficient knowledge about something isn’t a total sign of ignorance but a need for further understanding.
There’ is not a need to run from love. Surrender to letting love find its way (and it has). It’s alright being happy. It isn’t necessary to make excuses. Most importantly, I don’t need to be others savior. I need salvation.