Kwanzaa day 7: Imani(Faith)

The Seventh Principle is faith a belief of value to all that is family, community, people and culture
Faith is vital to how you carry yourself in your routine and if your routine will get better. Think of faith as a pebble, one pebble by itself probably couldn’t hold much space but hundreds of pebbles together will probably be too much to move easily. Steadfast faith is a restorer and will expand your possibilities one step at a time

“To believe, with all our heart, in our Creator, our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders, and the righteousness and victory of our struggle.”

I hope you have enjoyed the Kwanzaa I have presented this year, go over the principles and see where they fit into you now, so you can add them to your daily routine for the utmost satisfaction toward your beliefs

Kwanzaa day 5: Nia

The fifth principle of the Nguzo Saba is Nia which is essentially a commitment to the collective vocation of building, developing and defending our national community, its culture and history in order to regain our historical initiative and greatness as a people. The assumption here is that our role in human history has been and remains a key one, that we as an African people share in the grand human legacy Africa has given the world. That legacy is one of having not only been the fathers and mothers of humanity, but also the fathers and mothers of human civilization, i.e., having introduced in the Nile Valley civilizations the basic disciplines of human knowledge. It is this identity which gives us an overriding cultural purpose and suggests a direction. This is what we mean when we say we who are the father’s and mothers of human civilization have no business playing the cultural children of the world. The principle of Nia then makes us conscious of our purpose in light of our historical and cultural identity.


Shorthandedly: Always pass traditions and insight on to your children and close ones. Too often good resources are lost due to simple neglect or ‘coming up’. Stay rooted 

Kwanzaa day 4: Ujamaa

To build our own businesses, control the economics of our own community and share in all its work and wealth

“the creation of wealth is a good thing and something we shall have to increase.” But it concludes that “it will cease to be good the moment wealth ceases to serve (humans) and begins to be served by (humans)”

 

In fact, throughout the sacred teachings of ancient Egypt in particular and Africa in general, the ethic of care and responsibility is expressed in the concept of shared social wealth and service to the most disadvantaged. This of course, finds its modern philosophical expression in our social thought and struggles, as a people, around and for social justice. And this struggle is not simply to be generous to the poor and vulnerable but ultimately to end their poverty and vulnerability, so that they too can live a decent, undeprived and meaningful life. For only in such a context will they be able to pursue the truly human without the limitation imposed by poverty, deprivation or the debilitating struggle for just life’s basic necessities. To share we lath and work, then, is to share concern, care and responsibility for a new, more human and fulfilling future.

What is Ujamaa saying?

To spend your best time and resources in your community so those experiences can again be shared, your good nature will reflect in your community and the collective responsibility of businesses and people will align to more fulfill the persons and those living & working within. Those gestures and decisions together make the work and economics of the people, the family, the household, and wealth bringing. A community should have say in business being done in its location, and work back towards the people for brighter days

Practice Ujamaa daily 🙂