Rising from the Ashes: Embracing a New Earth with Hope and Healing
My Dear AfriKin,
2023 has indeed been akin to a rollercoaster, an unpredictable journey marked by highs and lows. In this tumultuous ride, I’ve experienced profound loss: the departure of cherished friends, the passing of loved ones, and the shattering of dreams I once held dear. These losses transformed my aspirations into shadows of their former selves, leaving me to navigate a landscape of disappointment and grief.
In a recent, deeply impactful session with my therapist, we delved into the elusive concept of balance—or more accurately, the societal perception of it. We explored the harrowing ordeal of losing everything and placing my trust in a higher power, a new covenant for a new era. Thank you Naomi, regardless.
Amidst the turmoil, I’ve observed an unsettling trend of defamation and negativity pervading our society. Yet, I remain steadfast in my belief that integrity and character are bastions against shame, safeguarding both reputation and spirit. As Mel said, no matter what remember this simple rule “Let them”. Do not allow yourself to fall into the trap of thinking you can control anyone or anything. Sometimes your favorite person turns into a life lesson. Do not waste time or energy thinking or worrying. Simply let whatever will be, will be. Move on and simply do your best. Remain kind and keep integrity in all you do. Nothing is permanent, life must continue.
My journey has often been characterized by an intense work ethic and a laser-focused ambition to improve not only my life but also the lives of those around me. However, this pursuit of excellence and fulfillment often comes at a price, leading to unforeseen losses and sacrifices.
Reflecting on this, I wonder if my lack of balance is to blame, or if perhaps what I lost was never truly mine. These thoughts, though valid, bring little comfort. To those I may have inadvertently overlooked or sidelined in my quest, I extend my heartfelt apologies. My urgency, driven by a dream close to my heart, might not resonate with everyone, and that’s okay. My hope is for understanding and acceptance of my apologies, even if my actions are not fully comprehended. It is ok, 🙂 I let them…
This year has also brought me face-to-face with the fragility of life. I’ve encountered betrayals, which I’ve chosen not to take personally, understanding that each person acts out of a need for self-preservation. This self-preserving behavior, a relic of the old Earth, explains but does not excuse betrayals and falsehoods. If you don’t see me smiling, it’s not a reflection on you. I’ve been in deep consultation, operating from a different plane of existence—functioning from the New Earth.
The New Earth represents a sanctuary of communal love, accountability, and mutual support—a place where strangers become protectors and helpers. This year, despite its challenges, has been a profound teacher. I’m filled with gratitude for the life lessons it has imparted, humbled by the wisdom and love gained.
Silence and I have been such close friends, in a world where so many get broken. Gratitude for those that have recognized this character and respected and nurtured its growth. They will never know how much pain it took to become this calm. They say to truly love someone is to attend a thousand births of who they’re becoming. Love them through each one and you won’t regret it. Always keep your intentions filled with love and protection. Stand with those willing to sacrifice anything with you including one’s sanity. Loyalty in the end supersedes everything. Never underestimate the power of it. You deserve it all, the love, the family, the career, the peace, the life.
In the midst of life’s relentless clamor, I’ve come to recognize the indispensable value of solitude and the tranquility it brings. There’s a profound need to retreat into the quiet recesses of my mind, a sanctuary where the cacophony of the world—and the problems of those around me—fade into a hushed whisper. This is not about turning my back on friends or loved ones, nor is it an act of indifference. It’s about carving out a sacred space where I can be alone with nature, allowing the serene whispers of the earth to calm my spirit. In these moments of solitude, I find no obligation to solve every issue or respond to every call. Instead, it’s a time for self-reflection, a chance to regroup and replenish my energy. It’s an exercise in emotional intelligence, understanding the importance of just ‘letting be.’ In this quietude, I find not only peace but also a renewed strength to face the world with a clear mind and a reinvigorated soul. A high degree of intellect tends to make a man unsocial. ~ Schopenhauer
As my beloved pets, the Meow Mafia and Aerial Avengers, would affirm: every little thing is going to be alright, you’re so close, just relax. Let’s continue to love deeply, care for our world, and tread lightly with pure hearts and clear thoughts. Remember beautiful souls, recognize beautiful souls. Trust in the Divine in all endeavors, striving always to ascend higher. Positive vibrations to everyone. Embrace humility, surrender the ego, and open your heart to the possibilities of the New Earth. Less ego, more love; less conflict, more meaningful conversations. Sometimes the bad things that happen, put us on the path to the best things that ever happened in our lives. God is AMAZING! Truly the best time to be alive.
Until we meet again, let’s hold on to gratitude and grace. Remember, love is the cornerstone of our existence. And these rules govern my life: discipline, discretion and discernment.
If by chance you missed the 2023 AfriKin Art Fair you can still take in parts of the exhibit until the end of the year. If you are interested in purchasing works you can view the catalog by clicking below.
Gratitude and grace,
Empowering Global Africa: The AfriKin Mission and Vision
From a young age, the rich tapestry of African culture has always been a part of my life. This deep connection and love for my heritage led to the founding of AfriKin, a platform that stands at the crossroads of art, culture, and community engagement. AfriKin, a fusion of ‘Africa’ and ‘kinship,’ embodies our commitment to celebrating our roots and creating cultural connections that transcend borders.
Background and Inspiration
My journey to founding AfriKin was fueled by a desire to showcase the diversity and richness of African culture. The concept of kinship, integral to African societies, became the cornerstone of our mission. We aim to bring people together, not just from the African continent but globally, to appreciate and engage with the multifaceted beauty of African art and culture.
Core Values and Cultural Connection
At AfriKin, our core values revolve around building cultural bridges. We emphasize kinship across ethnic lines and focus on nurturing quality engagement and care. Our initiative, Eco-AfriKin, symbolizes this commitment by integrating eco-friendly practices across various fields, involving diverse groups ranging from educators to healthcare providers and agriculturists. This collective effort showcases our dedication to a sustainable and interconnected world.
Celebrating Global Africa Through Art
AfriKin Art Fair is a celebration of multiculturalism, encompassing artistic expressions from all continents with a unique world-view. Our platform showcases a variety of art forms – from culinary arts to fashion, literature, performance, and visual arts. Through our products, like vibrant coloring books, apparel, and home decor, we offer everyone a chance to experience and immerse themselves in African and Black heritage.
Challenges, Triumphs, and Community Impact
One of the significant challenges we face at AfriKin is championing the global perception of the Black world. Our approach combines academic insights with creative expression to develop cultural industries that foster positive exchange and understanding. The success stories and the community impact we’ve achieved stand testament to the power of art and culture in bridging gaps and building kinship.
Future Vision and Social Justice
Looking ahead, AfriKin is deeply committed to advancing social justice through education. Our goal is to alter perceptions, emphasizing our shared humanity over existing divides. As we find ourselves at a societal crossroads, AfriKin is more determined than ever to highlight the need for exchanges that cross racial, class, and sexual orientation boundaries.
For me, AfriKin is more than just an organization; it’s a testament to the enduring spirit and resilience of African culture. It’s a platform where art and kinship come together to weave a tapestry of understanding, respect, and love. As we continue our journey, our commitment to our people and the vision of a united Global Africa remains unwavering.
Call to Action
Join us in this vibrant celebration of African culture and heritage. Engage with AfriKin, participate in our events, and support our initiatives. Together, we can continue to make a difference in the world, one artistic expression at a time.