If you missed the last two blogs about change, I hope you will catch up. In week one, I talked about general changes in my daily life. In week two, I talked about changes/growth in marriage. This week, the change series continues with four powerful new/fairly new video shares. The messages in these visual art pieces caused me to change my mind about something major. First up:
#1. How I talk to my daughters when it comes to their hair and other stuff.
Have you seen Netflix’s Nappily Ever After? More than a film, this love letter really got me thinking about what kind of messages I’m sending to my daughters about their hair and the impact it could have on them in adulthood. One day, our baby girls are going to have to look in the mirrors and see themselves. What exactly are they going to see? Furthermore, moms, what do we see? I’m telling you, this movie right herrre…
#2. Creativity and Christianity
Artist/Poet Propoganda shares how he was once told he was “too creative” and not “Christ-centered enough”. The first time I heard it, I was so inspired. I started understanding why I was feeling so “different” when it came to Christianity. I also began to see/own the beauty in my “different” kind of love for Jesus. Listen to his poem here. He also references in his poem The Fable of the Eagle and the Chicken. Read it to your kids!
#3. Phones and Devices
They have changed us. They have changed our relationships with one another. And we’re kinda in one hell of a mess because of it… If you haven’t seen this animation, “The Sad Reality of Our Modern Society,” check it out here. I think we all know that it’s time we be more present, aware, and intentional when it comes to sharing our world with others.
In recent years, I decided that I would no longer take “jobs”. I told myself, even if it makes the most logical sense, I cannot take a job knowing what I know about my God…knowing what I know about myself….I know I have gotten everything I need out of my career as both a playwright and educator. Something has shifted. I know that I am here to do meaningful work. I know my purpose is to give and not take. About a year ago, I watched Oprah Winfrey’s video on career verses calling, and I finally understood what was changing in me. Check her powerful message out here.
I hope one or more of these messages resonate with you…
Clinnesha is a writer, wife, mom, meta-artist, and social entrepreneur who feels most accountable to southern, black citizen-artists, elders, children, and families. Her work is at the intersection of arts, culture, innovation, and community.