By Hakim Abdul-Ali
Womanhood is an amazing creation of the Creator Alone. If you have an ounce of insight, intelligence, admiration and respect within you, you’ll most certainly agree that women are uniquely created, and that’s why they are the mothers of “hue-manity.”
I was thinking about that pristine reality recently while listening to someone speak fondly of his mother’s enduring presence in his life. It felt good to hear that because, in some peripheral way, I drifted to my own mother’s life and wisdom, especially, in the things that she had taught me about the living process.
Her timely advice was genuine and rationed to me by the awesome love and guidance of a woman who knew what she was talking about. I’d like to share some of that wisdom that she taught me about God giving us another moment in time with you and, hopefully, you’ll find it informative.
Mom always told me to recognize that each moment in time is the start of “Another Brighter Day” because in her mind’s eye, she spiritually thought of each additional moment in experiencing life in terms of being positive and full of gratitude. In so many ways, my mother’s profound dedication recognizing God first and being positive is rooted in who I am.
My thoughts for today will reflect what this learned lady boldly instructed me about the living process. So, now, with your permission, I’m going to take this opportunity to tell about how my mom’s advice has helped me embrace whatever is now before me, come what may, and that, for me, is a serious testament in my absolute appreciation and indebtedness to God Alone.
Before continuing, I feel compelled to let you that the last few days in my worlds of existences have been frocked with many unexpected tests and inner challenges, some that I have to deal with immediately. And, who in this great panorama called earthly modernity hasn’t been, or forever will be, tested by some of these same predicaments in their very own diurnal lives.
I believe that everyone in ” hue-manity” experiences some sort of bothersome moments of trials and angst in their reflective individual norms of living. My mother would say that “we all have to go through some pains in life and in order to experience all of the ascending peaks and low valleys of life, one must always look towards each new day and the future with a sunny outlook.”
My mother, who died in 1985, would say that expression so often that it wasn’t until later on in my maturing adulthood years, that I’d completely grasped what was behind what she was (really) saying. Mom was trooper in extolling the art of practicing faithful positivism when times were difficult.
This ebony queen of creation was always reminding me and others about looking on the brighter side of things, especially, if the Good Lord afforded you another moment in time. She said that we should do it now and not later because procrastination is a no-no.
Being a proud widowed Afro-American woman, living in the midst of virulent American segregation and not-so-hidden racial apartheid and possessing a hardcore religious discipline, my mother was teaching me that “life is what it is,” and we have to make the very best of what was and is given to us all. She never lied about that.
In my view, this petite, but ever so spiritually strong, former professional schoolteacher was letting me know that life is full of the unexpected and the mysterious. And, you know what, she was also definitely right on in so many other untold ways that are still hard for me to decipher at times.
As you and I (may) look at the world of today and view the disunity going on in some depressed ethnic folk’s fragile mental and psychological states of comprehension, we (may) see pessimism and optimists colluding at the perilous corners of “Self-Doubt and Confusion.” I hope that parlance wasn’t too catchy for you to decode, but I do believe that you understand what I’m alluding to.
My mother was a spiritual, gracious and positive enthusiast of the highest class, and I’m definitely her offspring because, like I said earlier, in my now adult years, I see what she was feeling, teaching and informing me about always being positive in and under all circumstances. Her truths about facing each moment with decisive energies resonates and abound throughout my mind and thoughts.
I believe that being in the right frame of thinking enhances our moods with self-assurance to look toward and live in the here and now with cheerful exuberances. I believe that wholeheartedly because every time you arise in the morning, it’s the beginning of “Another Brighter Day,” and it’s up to you, me any everyone else to make it better than the day before.
Such is the nature of all positive minded ethnic folk, who’ll let nothing get in their way of being confident, upright and happy in the now moment, always possessing sound cheerfulness and spontaneous optimism. Don’t confuse being concerned with being worried about things or folk you can’t change and about what’s going to happen at such and such time in the future.
“A Brighter Day,” full with riches, joy and prosperity lies ahead of you now, so grin and be positive often. Smile much, think spiritually and be steadfast in becoming what you desire and wish to achieve. That’s something my mother also said, but she affirmed that we should and must work full time, without fail, towards making each new day sunnier and brighter in our lives.
So, if “thoughts are synonymous to actions,” a sentiment I certainly adhere to, then I must recognize that it’s up to me, you and others to make our current day brighter than the one from yesterday. Please remember that tomorrow is not promised to you. “A Brighter Day” awaits you, and for today and always, that’s, “As I See It.”