This is big deal for me. I am someone who believes strongly that we should express ourselves as often as we get the opportunity to do so. That means every day we wake up and breathe the breath of life. The way how society has marginalized our thoughts, we have become afraid to let the world know what we think and how we feel. We have become silenced by the elements of the media, education system, religious affiliations, work environment and even in our homes. We struggle to break the silence because what we believe has wounded our ability to express ourselves. I am not purporting that one should just get up and start saying whatever comes to their mind. That’s not what it means to express yourself. To express yourself goes far deeper as we work to pull out the desired output of our remarkable potential. Some may be reading these words today who are not convinced as I am, but I believe with all my heart that we have been “fearfully and wonderfully made.” There is a higher power who has done a wonderful work inside us and for that reason, “my soul knows it very well” to live and express myself.
I wrote that the various elements around us such as media, education system, etc. have silenced our ability to express ourselves – this is true. The reason is clear, we allow them to speak for us and dictate who we are. We have adopted an institutionalized system where we only go by what we are told. It is like “monkey see, monkey do” scenario. We find ourselves at a place where we become afraid to learn and develop outside of what we do believe. The learning process has become a form of mimicry in most cases as we are oppressed with the thought of doing things without an understanding of why it works. When last have you been challenged to put what you believe on the chopping blocks? How many of us would contend with someone who has a different viewpoint and simply listen? I can tell you, this is very difficult to do when we are unwilling to expand our understanding of the world. The sad part is that the truth is hidden from those who are lost. Are you lost? Seek and you will find. Marcus Mosiah Garvey – one of Jamaica’s National Heroes – gave us food for thought when he said:
Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery, none but ourselves can free our minds!
That is such a powerful statement that was made back in 1937 and it is as real then as it is now. We must deliver ourselves from the emotions created by all what is happening around us. We need to escape to the peak of inquiry where we can see all that is below clearly. We have no one to blame for not exploring the power we have been blessed with.
Robert Nesta “Bob” Marley understood very well the art of expressing oneself. He pointed to Garvey’s words in his “Redemption song.” He gave us a glimpse into how the human mind can allow itself to flow into a real sense of knowing who we are as people – no matter our race, creed, or who others say we are. It should be this:
Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery
None but ourselves can free our minds
Have no fear for atomic energy
‘Cause none of them can stop the time
How long shall they kill our prophets
While we stand aside and look
Some say it’s just a part of it
We’ve got to fulfill the book. ~ Bob Marley, 1980
These historical messages are windows into the soul to teach us to live a life free of the things that prevent us from getting where we deserve. I want you to take some time to reflect today on how you will express yourself. Do you have a hidden skill? Have you always wanted to do something that will change the world? Is there something that by doing it you become the best version of yourself? I say, do it! Get in the frame of mind to challenge things to arrive at the truth – when you hear the truth it will free your mind.
As you join me on this journey to shape the life where you express yourself, here are a few things that you would want to do today:
- Stop listening to people’s negative words. Develop the art of deflecting.
- Do not be afraid to question what you don’t understand.
- Speak these words to yourself 10 times: “I do not need approval from people to express myself. I know who I am. I am fearfully and wonderfully made.”
- Share your newly found clarity with a friend, they will love you for it.
- Discover your history and use it to strengthen your resolve.
A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots. ~ Marcus Garvey
Live, love, learn and express yourself!
#Keep Doing Your Best Work!