“’No’ is a complete sentence.” – Anne Lamott

I had to have a real talk with myself this week and the subject of that talk was “you are a human.” 

When you spend so much time fighting for the humanity of others, you can sometimes treat yourself inhumane! 

As a human, I need sleep (at least 6 hours), regular meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner & snacks) and mental and emotional breaks from the “stuff” of life. I used to feel guilty about taking time to myself… surfing the net, watching Love & Hip Hop or even just staring into space. I’m learning to replace that “guilt” with entitlement… I work so hard that I am ENTITLED to a break. I earn the right to silence my phone sometimes; to let the stack of ungraded papers sit just one more day; to wait until the morning to clean all of those dirty dishes.

I definitely have SUPERPOWERS, but those superpowers are extra-ordinary HUMAN abilities – the ability to forgive those who have wronged me and move on, the ability to keep smiling even when I’m not in the mood to, the ability to crank out a written masterpiece in a matter of minutes, but those superpowers do not take away the physical, mental and emotional limitations of what it means to be a human.

We have to stop ignoring our bodies and our hearts. You can’t make the rest of the world honor and respect your humanity if you’re not setting the example. Happy November! 

Co-Founder & Executive Director of Donda's House, Inc. Wife to Che "Rhymefest" Smith. Believer. Writer. Scrapbooker. ΣΓΡ.

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