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“I don’t want to be Black anymore,” the 5yo said. I heartbreakingly fought tears & told her this

“I don’t want to be Black anymore, the 5-year-old girl confessed to the room full of people, with a sad face, her head down & eyes low. My heart sank. I was sick. At that moment, I didn’t want to … Continue reading

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The Grind
By Abayomi-Ebrahim Aseem
Wake up. Shower. Eat breakfast. Go to work. Drive through traffic. Get a drink. Go home. Eat dinner. Watch TV. Go to sleep. Wake up. Wake up. Wake up. Wake up.
Why do we work? We work to live. We work to pay the rent & the bills. We work to provide a life for our children, because we love them. Yet, we barely see them. We barely spend time with them. We don’t have time, because we are all on The Grind.
Our children spend more time with their teachers than they do with their parents. A child spends 7 to 8 hours at school every day. On a good day, we spend a whole hour’s worth of quality time with our children.
It’s not our fault. Our hand it forced. It’s all part of The Grind.
We live to work. We spend more time working than we spend doing anything else. Divorce, repossession and overdrafts, are all results of us neglecting our marriage, bills and bank account.
The Grind causes us to misappropriate our time, giving it to work at the expense of our life.
Before The Grind, we worked for ourselves, producing resources naturally.
A basket maker bartered, trading their baskets for food, clothes & services. Basket weaving was more than a trade, it was a cultural & creative expression. Practicing their craft was a release therapy with rewards exceeding the value of a basket.
The Grind forces us to compromise our creative expression for our career. Yet, our job does not allow us all the food, clothes & services we need.
Each time we get paid, we must pay our rent, mortgage, insurance, bills and buy food & gas, after which, our money is accounted for.
Whereas bartering would allow necessity to dictate the value of goods; The Grind allows the value of the dollar to dictate the value of goods.
In ancient times, bartering baskets for a calf would provide one with milk, leather, veal & tools. Today, the value of milk, leather, veal & tolls would exceed the value of a basket.
We are all like coffee beans, roasted & liquidized for The Grind. Yet, The Grind is like coffee, without us there is no Grind. We must wake up & smell The Grind for the coffee that it is.
Wake up to becoming self aware. Wake up to financial competency. Wake up to creative expression. Wake up to living life more abundantly. Wake up, wake up, wake up; wake up. Continue reading

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