Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Celebrate Kwanzaa: Kujichagulia.

On this, the second day of Kwanzaa, we focus on kujichagulia (self-determination) and "define ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves and speak for ourselves."

That's really what So what can I do is all about, determining what you want from and for yourself and your surroundings, and claiming the personal agency to make it happen. Here are some tools to help you do just that:

* Think about what you want to accomplish today, this month, in your lifetime and make it happen.

* Think about what justice means to you (and why). Then live your life accordingly.

* Think about what doing the right thing, means in your life, then live ethically.

As the sidebar says, "People are blessed with the ability to change their environments and situations to suit their liking. I started this blog so that we all can exercise that power" to make ourselves the people we want to be.

As humans, we are all members of that first African Diaspora. And accordingly, the principles of Kwanzaa apply to us all. Manifest the Kwanzaa principles today, this week, and all year long.

“We face neither East nor West ; we face Forward” - Kwame Nkrumah


Karama said...

You may want to check out these other blog posts on kujichagulia.

Karama said...

For more on all the days of Kwanzaa, check out this Kwanzaa tutorial. Enjoy!