Habari Gani, everyone?
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It's New Year's Eve! How has the time flown by so quickly, huh? But just because we're all ready to say 'good riddance' to the collective dumpster fire that has been 2017, that doesn't mean that we are done with Kwanzaa! In fact, as we make the transition to 2018, I think this is one of the potent times to really consider today's Principle: Kuumba [or 'Creativity'].
Now, 'Creativity' seems like a simple, straightforward word or theme, but Dr Karenga once again was pretty crafty in its application when it comes to Kwanzaa. 'Kuumba' asks us “To do always as much as we can, in the way that we can, in order to leave our community more beautiful and beneficial than we inherited it.” Once again, the importance of this being primarily for the betterment of not just our descendants but for those of African heritage altogether cannot be overstressed, and the key to understanding that desire is through this phrase: "creative restoration".
This could be taken in so many ways. It could mean actual, tangible expression of creativity that we're used to, like art, dance and music. But it could also mean restoring a connection that which was once stripped from us. It could mean tapping back into our inherent Divinity [for one of the things that defines a Deity is what they Create within their dominion or realm]. It could mean anything you want it to!
And that's what is for- a more freestyle approach to your question prompt 'How can I achieve 'Creative Restoration' in my community?'. As the spokes go longer and longer, let that be the growing reach of your influence. And if you include reversals in your results- even better! Get real creative with how those affect your reading, and see the good in even the darkest of outcomes.
It's how we've survived this long, and how we'll continue to survive.
LINDSAY - Black Woman, Wife, Witch and Resident Blogger of DarkLake Tarot~
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