February Brings A Gentle Reminder to Cultivate & Nourish
Along the path, we tap into the collective roots of family and friends and learn ways to transform challenges and disappointments into opportunities and celebrations!
February always takes a front row seat on my calendar. I love that it’s second to January with none of the pressure of goal setting and self -evaluation that comes with the first month in the New Year. It is also the birth month of four important people in my life. The fact that it is African American Heritage Month always pushes me to reflect on how wonderful it is to be part of a community with strong roots in courage and confidence. It is empowering to know you are part of a tribe of family and friends who know how to strive and nurture, reminding you of your own responsibility to reach out a hand to pull another along on the path as others have done for you. This is an important part of my lineage that’s rooted in the understanding that we cannot achieve marching single file. The power lies in the collective roots of my family and friends where we learn how to transform challenges and obstacles into opportunities and celebrations.
I was reminded of this on a recent trip to Jamaica when a simple visit became a kind of pilgrimage that knitted the bond between my youngest child, my mother, and me. Simple activities like eating a meal, sitting in each other’s company in quiet talk, or visiting the land purchased by my great grandfather in 1889 became moments of great significance reminding us that there are simple and refreshing ways to be in the world. These are empowering experiences that lead to a culture of strength. I love that there is time on the calendar to pause and think about these things. With its call to celebrate the roots of heritage, February brings a gentle reminder to cultivate and nourish…. to step out in new directions for the year is waiting to be filled with new adventures.