Our MCM was an African American Muslim minister and human rights activist whom held many alias’s and titles within his life time, including : Omowale (“the son who has come home”), Detroit Red, and el-Hajj Malik el-Shabazz. Needless to say, our MCM Malcolm X remains one of the greatest and most influential African Americans in history.
Now i’m sure many of you have seen the brilliant 1992 film Macolm X, and almost always heard his name mentioned along with Martin Luther King Jnr (though the twos approach in uplifting their fellow black people, often differed) as did he dedicate his life and legacy to encouraging self love, acceptance and strength within the black community.
Earlier in his life Malcolm denounced religions and teachings and was not drawn to any for comfort and solice, instead converting to islam (NOI – Nation of Islam) for the majority of his life; in an attempt to reignite, restrengthen and revitalise a people whom he believed to the initial human inhabitants of this world.
And whilst it is widely recognised that his departure from NOI had a lot to do with his assassination, his teachings, legacy and truths uncovered later in his life can still be of great encouragement to us all.
“Despite my firm convictions, I have always been a man who tried to face facts, and to accept the reality of life as new experience and new knowledge unfolds it”.
Don’t be wrong and strong. The wisest teachers, are students as well. Educate yourselves beyond your past/current environment, excuses, and misfortunes. Often time we can only advice as best as our experiences allow, that’s why it’s imperatives to be open minded, open hearted and considerate of all opinions.
“Don’t be in a hurry to condemn because he doesn’t do what you do or think as you think or as fast. There was a time when you didn’t know what you know today”.
Have patience, build tolerance and be so busy
working on yourself that you are not related by drama etc. Having said this, do have compassion for the lost or misguided; offer to teach before you offer your opinions. It can definitely be frustrating when you see unfulfilled potential in others, but you must take the rush out of the process and provide the person with the tools to forage their own route.
“Stumbling is not falling”
“There is nothing better than adversity. Every defeat, every heartbreak, every loss, contains its own seed, its own lesson on how to improve your performance next time”.
GROW DAILY !! Don’t let an off moment affect your entire momentum. Learn to love the process and the lessons. Be a sponge, soak it all up and release accordingly. Each fail is a factual aid in deciphering what actually does work, thus making it easier for others whom follow your lead to get to a conclusion sooner. Persevere.
Until next time be good to yourselves, kind to others and above all GROW DAILY.
Written by Karen Sherise