Thursday, February 21, 2008

Time Is Not A Straight Line...

The week that has passed since my last post here has been an amazing one in my life. It has been a week of solidifying new relationships with bloggers across the country with whom I hope my associations will be long, and which have already begun to bear fruit. It has been a week of great introspection which has led to wonderful discoveries and new insight into the blogger that is me. It has been a week of re-connections with friends and loved ones throughout the country with whom I had not been in touch for some time. Finally, it has been another one of those weeks that leaves one's mind swirling and twirling as the effects of the Earth's frantic rotation on its axis seems somehow able to be physically detectable by this mere mortal. With so many influences received in a single week, I thought I'd share some of those things that for whatever reason still remain prominent in my mind.

A few weeks ago, I posted a poem here that was inspired by another of my many "Teachers" titled "LEARNING". The poem was an ode to the exhileration I get from learning new things and the side dish of fear that comes with that same learning. Several people have asked me what is the basis of the "fear" I spoke of in the poem, to which I reply "The fear is the natural response to the necessity of changing myself, my views, and/or my actions to accommodate what I have learned." In the spirit of this particular learning, I would like to encourage black people worldwide to open their/our collective minds to this simple idea and be more willing to change ourselves, our views, our actions, as well as our minds about the expectations we set for those like us.

It is fear of change I believe that most seems to hinder the progress and advancement of the black race. In my opinion, we are one of the most passionate races to be found on the planet, and that being so, there is no stronger ally one can have in their corner than a person of African-American descent...at least initially. The problem however seems to be that there always seems to come a point, just when whatever it is we are striving for is within our reach, that "fear" is allowed to derail us from our original course. When this happens, we as a people seem to lose sight of the BIG PICTURE possibly because of a fear of the change we are required to undergo within ourselves simply to believe that what we have worked so diligently for is something we might actually obtain.

This Saturday, February 23rd is the scheduled date for the 2008 STATE OF BLACK AMERICA Forum. A critically important event in my opinion based on previous years, this event will receive even more notariety this year as it figures prominently into the race for the Democratic Presidential Nomination. In recent weeks, there have been some mild rumblings about whether or not Mr. Obama has to be (as in "He's obligated to prove his solidarity with black folks as a black candidate trying to win their votes) in attendance. I personally take issue with the concept of Mr. Obama or anyone else for that matter being boxed in such that he "has" to do anything. My opinions notwithstanding, it appears that factions of Black America (read: Tavis Smiley and I'm not hatin' here as I assure you that I love me some Tavis) are upset with the Illinois Senator's decision not to attend the event but to campaign in Texas and Ohio instead. Even offering his brilliant wife Mrs. Michelle Obama to attend in his stead (a completely acceptable alternative in my estimation) was not received as an acceptable compromise. Thus, began the criticisms again of whether or not Mr. Obama was attempting to "separate" himself from being associated with anything black in orientation. I find myself thinking, "Let it go people...just let it go! Why must black folks constantly be held to a standard by which they are required to "prove" their blackness while white folks are given the designation of "blackness" for something as stereotypical as being able to play the saxophone or loving fried chicken? Why was it acceptable for Mrs. Clinton to send the former president to South Carolina on her behalf while she campaigned elswhere with no resulting talk of her underlying reason being an attempt to 'avoid being viewed as "the black candidate" by avoiding spending significant amounts of time campaigning in largely Black South Carolina' . But to the contrary, now when Mr. Obama is faced with pretty much the same scenario due to other priorities of his own, his decision results in questions about his loyalty to black voters?". There is definitely a double standard being applied here people.

With the event taking place this weekend, and Mrs. Clinton currently scheduled to attend and Mr. Obama not, my expectation is that those mild rumblings from recent weeks will shortly turn into full-fledged volcanoes. Here you can find a blog post by Roland Martin in which he gives what I believe to be a well thought out analysis of the candidates' current needs as it relates to securing the Democratic Nomination and a subsequent rationale for what their priorities should be for this upcoming weekend based on that analysis. The bottom line is that Mr. Obama is running for president of the entire United States of America same as Mrs. Clinton, and in my opinion he should be allowed to do that based on what he needs to do to accomplish that goal, same as Mrs. Clinton. Currently, Mrs. Clinton could benefit by positively impacting the number of Black Americans willing to endorse her as a candidate the same as positively impacting the Hispanic communities can benefit Mr. Obama's campaign. Thus, it makes absolute sense for Mrs. Clinton to attend this event, but for Mr. Obama who already has significant Black support, not so much. In order for Mr. Obama to live up to his promise of trying to improve things for any Americans, black, white, male, female or otherwise, he must first become the president. I personally would love it if Mr. Smiley, the Congressional Black Caucus, the Civil Rights Old Guard and all the other so-called keeper's of Dr. King's Dream would get the hell outta the way and let him do that! So please my fellow black folks, regardless of what you hear or who you personally endorse, please, please, please look at the BIG PICTURE and decide for yourself where you believe Mr. Obama, Mrs. Clinton, and any other candidate you might support should be on Saturday.

In the last week, I have discovered yet another "Teacher" in the person of one of my new favorite bloggers, a person who already has become a lifelong friend I'm sure, Xavier of Ali's Zay blog fame. In less than a week, Zay has taught Ms. Just Write Now as much as she has learned in the last six months from her own efforts, and the greatest of these learnings is his teachings regarding the nature of TIME, thus the title of this post. My new friend has revolutionized my thinking about time and this new learning is reflected throughout my approach to my life and has been a liberating factor in my recent writing. "Thanks again Zay!"

This post itself is a perfect illustration of the fact that time is not linear as I have jumped back and forth between the past, present, and future many times already and here I go back to the future again....

Saturday is also MY BIRTHDAY....YEAAAAAAAAAA MEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!! Always a huge appreciator of my birthday, I am sooooooooooo looking forward to this one. Those fine bloggers who were contributors to the wonderful compilation titled
Volume One" will be having their very first book release party right here in my fair city THE LOU and on my very own BEARTHDAY...once again I find myself saying "YEAAAAAAAAAAAA MEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!! I am gonna meet Ms. CapCity, Mizrepresent, Mega-rich, Saadia, and who knows who else alive and in person right here on my turf. Talk about looking forward to your birthday ***so damned giddy she needs drugs to come down to earth***. In addition, many of my friends and loved ones have confirmed they will be in attendance at this amazing event as well to help me and those delightful bloggers celebrate! Isn't it wonderful when your presents come early...you don't even have to wonder if you will be getting anything ;-)

Okay, time being what it is, let's take a step back into the past to tomorrow, Friday, February 22nd (see what Zay means...gotcha with that one didn't I? I betcha you had to go back and think about that one...YEAAAAAAAAA ZAAAAAAAAAAAY!). Tomorrow, my son Ryan and I will be driving over to Kansas to check out one of the colleges he is considering. Now y'all already know that I couldn't possibly love this child/man more than I do, but let me tell you all how truly amazing he is. This person that started life inside my body has truly got a life of his own! He is a senior this year and will be graduating in May. To date, he has been accepted to three colleges, and two of the three so far have offered him scholarships for both his academic and athletic prowess! So tomorrow we will be evaluating in person one of the two colleges so far to offer him significant scholarship assistance as we narrow the field of choices to the one lucky enough to ultimately claim my brilliant man-child as one of its future alums! Now you tell me, what is there not to love about this kid?!

Okay, this is getting much longer than I planned so I'm gonna end my time travels here in the present by saying to each of you reading this: "You are the very definition of love so thank you so much for stopping in ;-)" !!!
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Black and White photography stolen shamelessly from Zay's blog; all other photos taken or stolen from the www by Ms. Just Write Now ;-)

16 comments:

Rich said...

Getting ready to watch the debate, but I will say Tavis needs to cut that crap out. He knows "this" is no time to be showing favoritism because of race. His wife should be an acceptable fill in.

LadyLee said...

You got a lot going on, and it's all good, girl!

Happy early birthday, and enjoy your Blogger's Delight get together:)

Mizrepresent said...

Gurl, i will see you SAT! Congrats on your son's acceptance to 3 colleges, that is something to be so proud of...and i know how you feel about loving your son...i have the same love for my own. I just love your giddyness...blessings to you!

Lovebabz said...

No straight line indeed!

I can certainly feel the energy in this post. There is a lot going on in the world and you have captured a good deal of it.

All is as it should be.

You just take the time and have a wonderful birthday. I wish I could raise my glass with you! I will be there in spirit wishing you a Happy Happy Birthday with all my good intentions!

I think you are fabulous! And I love the authenticity of your posts here at your blog and over at mine.

Xavier Pierre Jr. said...

Sharon, you make my heart smile. By the way, Ali and I are having so much fun on the cruise! See you at midnight.

Peace and Love,

Alizé (LoversA.blogspot.com)

Sharon said...

@ All: Thanks for catching the winds of time with me! Life in my lane is definitely full of excitement and thanks to each and every one of you, I don't expect that to change anytime soon ;)

Luke Cage said...

I love, Love, LOVE this blog miss Sharon. Thanks for bringing good ol' healthy commentary and positivity back to this piece. Between you and LadyLee, you guys are refreshing times 10. Happy Bornday young lady. And enjoy it to the fullest. You damn sure deserve it!

ingridspeak said...

Sharon, I know what you mean about Xavier he does have a way of shedding light on a situation. That said thank you for dropping by my spot and I hope you roll through again next week when I tell you what I found out from talking to my dad. Girl I about cried.

I love your spot and welcome welcome welcome to my blogroll girl!

CapCity said...

GURLLL, u know my cougar azz read "blah, blah, blah" & PERKED up when u started rollin' off the ACADEMIC ANNNND athletic accolades of your Handsome SON! LOL! Psyche! I read it all - but u betta watch out - I might "steal" yo' granbabies! LOLOLOL!!!

Keep praying for me, Sis - I got ANOTHER flight out tomorrow at 6am, so I can make it to your B'earthDay celebration! Lawd - he'p meh make it to The Lou!!

CapCity said...

i was gonna try NOT to get all politically wrapped up - but SEE? THAT's that SHYT the Clintons trying to use on Black folk = How y'all not gonna vote for us, I mean Hillary when we "cool-like-dat"? that whole angle GETS MY HAND: talk to THAT!

ok - going to bed now! i'll c u tomorrow!

Rose said...

Hi Sharon and I'm sad that I missed a time to share with you. One of my authors attended that event. If I had only known....
I see that you and Xavier met. He's cool people. You and I will have to get together soon. It doesn't make much sense to be this close yet so far. This post was pretty deep, yet right on target.

DJ Diva said...

Happy Birthday Sharon! I hope you enjoyed it! Come on over for a new Barack Obama Mixtape!

Xavier Pierre Jr. said...

Can't tell you how much it meant to me that I was the 1st to wish you a happy birthday. YAY! :-D

Peace and Love,

Alizé (LoversA.blogspot.com)

Suite B said...

I HOPE YOU HAD A GREAT B-DAY..it was great meeting you

CapCity said...

P.S. I'm home now - just wanted to thank U again for EVERYthang, Sistah Sharon! I hope U enjoyed your b'day as much as I DID! HUGZ 2 ya!!

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