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Life   is   a   journey   of   perspective.   We   live   life   as   individuals,   enclosed   in   our   energetic   spaces.   When   we   are   babes,   innocent   and open,   we   grasp   onto   those   beings   who   offer   us   love   and   comfort   us   with   their   embrace.      We   see   the   challenges   and   the   obstacles,   but they   do   not   defeat   us.   As   we   mature,   we   are   blinded,   imprisoned   by   the   limitations   placed   upon   us   by   our   belief   systems   and   the   belief systems   of   those   around   us.   We   become   slaves   to   our   fears   and   the   fears   of   those   who   seek   to   bind   us.   It   is   not   until   we   are   willing   to free   ourselves   from   the   limitations   of   an   imperfectly   hued   perspective   that   we   can   become   whole,   free   and   reunite   with   the   spirit   that gave   us   life.   It   is   only   when   our   perspectives   change   that   we   can   travel   freely,   knowing   that   this   journey   called   life   offers         no obstructions that our spirits cannot challenge. The   African   American   journey   is   a   journey   of   spirit.      Many   see   the   journey   and   all   of   its   atrocities   through   the   lens   of   pain   and struggle.   Some   cannot   bare   to   look   and   they   deny   the   significance   of   or   their   link   to   this   past.      For   some,   history   is   the   past   and   their present   obstacles   are   enough   to   confine   them   to   a   world   free   from   understanding   life’s   truths.   It   is   when   we   look   into   our   past   and   study how   and   why   a   group   of   people   were   able   to   survive   that   we   can   live   our   lives   freely,   gaining   strength   from   the   knowledge   that   the human   spirit   is   a   force   that   cannot   be   shackled   by   the   limitations   of   a   physical   impediment   or   a   debase   fetter   designed   to   control   human form.   Be   it   the   gas   chambers   of   Germany   or   the   riotous   lynch   mobs   of   America   burning   down   communities   in   the   early   twentieth century, the human spirit is more powerful than  rage, madness or  the  belief that  man has   control. Life   is   a   journey   of   perspective.   When   our   perspectives   are   altered,   our   journey   is   altered;   our   interpretation   of   reality   is   altered. It   is   that   change,   that   alteration   of   perspective   that   can   create   a   quest   for   understanding.      If   understanding   is   not   sought,   if   the   desire   to interpret   the   reality   and   find   the   meaning   of   the   moments   of   discontent   is   not   present,   we   can   easily   fall   prey   to   rage,   lying   in   a   dormant, frozen,   stagnant,   sometimes   decaying   state   of   morbidity.   When   perspectives   change,   one   can   evolve,   grow,   walk   into   that   place   of knowing,   that   place   where   spirit,   intuition,   the   invisible   guides   this   physical   form   that   we   call   body.         It   is   then   that   we   accept   that   this journey   called   life   has   a   purpose   beyond   that   which   we   can   see.   It   is   then   that   we   realize   the   invisible   controls   our   destinies.   We   all   walk in   blindness,   not   knowing   where   tomorrow   leads,   not   knowing   what   the   invisible   hand   of   destiny   has   placed   in   our   paths….What   does one   see   in   his   individual   reality?   And   why?   What   do   I   see?   What   will   I   learn   on   this   journey?   I   do   not   see.   What   will   I   see   as   I   walk through   the   museum   corridors,   through   books,   through   the   seminars,   through   the   dusty   documents,   through   the   pages   of   history   asking why? How?....                      Glenda R. Taylor                   Excerpt from My, Our Journey                  August 2012
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