Black Poetry : The Awakening... (Not Mine - Just Sharing)

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  1. GQ

    GQ Well-Known Member MEMBER

    Mar 17, 2001
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    I think this piece is profound!!!! It's hella long but well worth the read!!!!


    A time comes in your life when you finally get it...

    When in the midst of

    all your fears and insanity you stop dead in your

    tracks and somewhere the

    voice inside your head cries out - ENOUGH! Enough

    fighting and crying or

    struggling to hold on. And, like a child quieting

    down after a blind

    tantrum, your sobs begin to subside, you shudder

    once or twice, you blink

    back your tears and through a mantle of wet lashes

    you begin to look at the

    world through new eyes. This is your awakening.

    You realize that it's time to stop hoping and

    waiting for something to

    change, or for happiness, safety and security to

    come galloping over the

    next horizon. You come to terms with the fact that

    he is not Prince Charming

    and you are not Cinderella and that in the real

    world there aren't always

    fairy tale endings (or beginnings for that matter)

    and that any guarantee of

    "happily ever after" must begin with you, and in the

    process... a sense of

    serenity is born of acceptance. You awaken to the

    fact that you are not

    perfect, and that not everyone will always love,

    appreciate or approve of

    who or what you are... and that's OK. (They are

    entitled to their own views

    and opinions.) And you learn the importance of

    loving and championing

    yourself, and in the process...a sense of newly

    found confidence is born of

    self-approval. You stop bitching and blaming other

    people for the things

    they did to you (or didn't do for you) and you learn

    that the only thing you

    can really count on is the unexpected. You learn

    that people don't always

    say what they mean or mean what they say, and that

    not everyone will always

    be there for you, and that it's not always about

    you. So, you learn to

    stand on your own and to take care of yourself and

    in the process... a sense

    of safety & security is born of self-reliance.

    You stop judging and pointing fingers, and you begin

    to accept people as

    they are, and to overlook their shortcomings and

    human frailties and, in the

    process... a sense of peace & contentment is born of


    You realize that much of the way you view yourself,

    and the world around

    you, is a result of all the messages and opinions

    that have been ingrained

    into your psyche. And you begin to sift through all

    the crap you've been fed

    about how you should behave, how you should look,

    how much you shouldn't

    weigh, what you should wear, where you should shop,

    what you should drive,

    how and where you should live, what you should do

    for a living, who you

    should sleep with, who you should marry, what you

    should expect of a

    marriage, the importance of having and raising

    children, or what you owe

    your parents. You learn to open up to new worlds and

    different points of

    view. And you begin reassessing and redefining who

    you are and what you

    really stand for. You learn the difference between

    wanting and needing, and

    you begin to discard the doctrines and values you've

    outgrown, or should

    never have bought into to begin with, and in the

    process... you learn to go

    with your instincts.

    You learn that it is truly in giving that we

    receive. And that there is

    power and glory in creating and contributing, and

    you stop maneuvering

    through life merely as a "consumer" looking for your

    next fix. You learn

    that principles such as honesty and integrity are

    not the outdated ideals of

    a bygone era, but the mortar that holds together the

    foundation upon which

    you must build a life. You learn that you don't know

    everything, it's not

    your job to save the world, and that you can't teach

    a pig to sing.

    You learn to distinguish between guilt and

    responsibility, and the

    importance of setting boundaries and learning to say

    NO. You learn that the

    only cross to bear is the one you choose to carry,

    and that martyrs get

    burned at the stake.

    Then you learn about love. Romantic love and

    familial love. How to love, how

    much to give in love, when to stop giving, and when

    to walk away. You learn

    not to project your needs or your feelings onto a

    relationship. You learn

    that you will not be more beautiful, more

    intelligent, more lovable, or

    important because of the man or woman on your arm or

    the child that bears

    your name. You learn to look at relationships as

    they really are and not as

    you would have them be. You stop trying to control

    people, situations, and

    outcomes. You learn that just as people grow and

    change, so it is with

    love.... and you learn that you don't have the right

    to demand love on your

    terms... just to make you happy. And, you learn that

    alone does not mean


    And you look in the mirror and come to terms with the

    fact that you will never be a size 5 or a perfect 10

    and you

    stop trying to compete

    with the image inside your head and agonizing over

    how you "stack up." You

    also stop working so hard at putting your feelings

    aside, smoothing things

    over, and ignoring your needs. You learn that

    feelings of entitlement are

    perfectly OK.... and that it is your right to want

    things and to ask for the

    things that you want...and that sometimes it is

    necessary to make demands.

    You come to the realization that you deserve to be

    treated with

    love, kindness, sensitivity, and respect, and you

    will not settle for less.

    And you allow only the hands of a lover who

    cherishes you, to glorify you

    with his or her touch... and in the process you

    internalize the meaning of

    self-respect. And you learn that your body really is

    your temple. You begin

    eating a balanced diet, drinking more water, and

    taking more time to


    You learn that fatigue diminishes the spirit and

    can create doubt and fear,

    so you take more time to rest. And, just as food

    fuels the body, laughter

    fuels our soul, so you take more time to laugh and

    to play.

    You learn that, for the most part, in life you get

    what you believe you

    deserve... and that much of life truly is a

    self-fulfilling prophecy. You

    learn that anything worth achieving is worth working

    for, and that wishing

    for something to happen is different from working

    toward making it happen.

    More importantly, you learn that in order to achieve

    success, you need

    direction, discipline, and perseverance. You also

    learn that no one can do

    it all alone and that it's OK to risk asking for

    help. You learn that the

    only thing you must truly fear is the great robber

    baron of all time. FEAR

    itself. You learn to step right into and through

    your fears, because you

    know that whatever happens you can handle it, and to

    give in to fear is to

    give away the right to live life on your terms.

    And you learn to fight for your life and not to

    squander it living under a

    cloud of impending doom. You learn that life isn't

    always fair, you don't

    always get what you think you deserve, and that

    sometimes bad things happen

    to unsuspecting, good people. On these occasions you

    learn not to

    personalize things. You learn that God isn't

    punishing you or failing to

    answer your prayers. It's just life happening. And

    you learn to deal with

    evil in its most primal state - the ego.

    You learn that negative feelings such as anger,

    envy, and resentment must

    be understood and redirected, or they will suffocate

    the life out of you and

    poison the universe that surrounds you. You learn to

    admit when you are

    wrong and to build bridges instead of walls. You

    learn to be thankful and

    to take comfort in many of the simple things we take

    for granted, things

    that millions of people upon the earth can only

    dream about; a full

    refrigerator, clean running water, a soft warm bed,

    a long hot shower.

    Slowly, you begin to take responsibility for

    yourself... by yourself, and

    you try to make yourself a promise -- to never

    betray yourself and to never

    ever to settle for less than your heart's desire.

    And you hang a wind chime

    outside your window so you can listen to the wind.

    And you make it a point

    to keep smiling, to keep trusting, and to stay open

    to every wonderful

    possibility. Finally, with courage in your heart and

    with God by your side,

    you take a stand, you take a deep breath, and you

    begin to design the life

    you want to live as best as you can.

    -Author Unknown-
  2. GA_Sunshyne

    GA_Sunshyne Well-Known Member MEMBER

    Mar 14, 2001
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    anotha friend of mine sent this to me a while back...

    i appreciated it then... as i do now. :)

    thank you for the message this morning.

    AlwaysLove. (that's "RT")
  3. $$RICH$$

    $$RICH$$ Lyon King Admin. STAFF

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    Thanx but dayummm that was long!!:D
  4. Afridancr

    Afridancr Well-Known Member MEMBER

    Mar 21, 2001
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    God has spoken to me

    through this message. He has reminded, alerted and confirmed.
    If you don't mind I'd like to print this out.

    Thank you for this profound message!! Now I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that I AM and WILL CONTINUE to be okay.:rolleyes:
  5. blakverb

    blakverb Well-Known Member MEMBER

    Mar 19, 2001
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    Thanks brother. This piece is food for the soul. So real. So true. You have put a brother on another thought level.

  6. Hunter

    Hunter Well-Known Member MEMBER

    Apr 3, 2001
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    "....It's just life happening..." words to live by

    thank-you for this gentle love ourselves and the universe that surrounds us

    this message sent me so much peace soothed my long African braids



    Mar 17, 2001
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    geeq, i thank you for this piece. i needed to read it.