New Doors

The doors we open and close each day decide the lives we live.

— Flora Whittemore —

The opening quote reminded me of a goal I set for myself a few weeks ago – to talk with at least one African-American per week for the next year.

The reason for my goal is to gain a better understanding of the causes of the racial tension that currently exists in the U.S.

This week’s conversation was with a young lady who is in her thirties. She said a couple of things that really surprised me:

  • Her dad would often remind her and her brother that in order for them to be successful they would have to learn how to walk in two different worlds. She said he never made the statement with any animosity, he simply told them that’s the way it is. 😞
  • She also shared with me that when she and her aunt would go shopping she had a habit of putting her hands in her pockets and her aunt would instruct her to keep her hands out of her pockets…because she would be accused of stealing something. 😞😞
  • Sadly, as recently as a couple of months ago, someone called her the N-word while she was jogging down her street. 😞😞😞

What’s so cool is at the end of our talk she shared with me her excitement of beginning the process of starting her own business which she’s been dreaming about for some time.

I love it! 😊😊😊😊

Back to the opening quote.

How many new doors have you opened lately?

Life is too short to be going in and out of the same old door every day.

Knock on new doors, gain new perspectives, and grow.

Proverbs 18:2, “A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing his opinion.”


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