Amid the stories of black girls in detention for wearing their hair in styles that black girls wear…after the reading the tone deaf comments about the GOAT Serena Williams from Maria Sharapova’s memoir Unstoppable (?)… after seeing suspicious commentary about the suspicious death of yet another black girl…I decided to go find the image that made me smile this weekend and focus on what it represents.
It was the 2017 US Open women’s singles trophy presentation featuring runner-up Madison Keys, winner, Sloane Stephens, USTA president and CEO, Katrina Adams and “that lady” with the check, CEO of Consumer Banking at JP Morgan Chase Thasunda Duckett. All women of color (even though Madison might not identify as such), overcoming obstacles to achieve excellence.
“You may shoot me with your words, You may cut me with your eyes, You may kill me with your hatefulness, But still, like air, I’ll rise.” ~ Maya Angelou, from I Rise
Inhale Staying Focused, Exhale Giving Up… Inhale Big Dreams, Exhale Playing Small… Inhale Achieving Excellence, Exhale Being Average… Just Breathe
Our purpose is sometimes revealed in unexpected, sometimes sad, even violent ways … like when we experience something personally or something happens to someone close to us and we feel compelled to act. Candy Lightner founded Mothers Against Drunk Driving after a drunk driver, who had a history of arrests for intoxication, hit and killed her daughter.
Whose life will be saved by the protection your passion puts into place?
“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson