This is the time of year when we focus more on giving thanks, and being aware of the people in our lives that we care about. Not that we don’t think about these things all year long, but there is something about the waning months of the year that just brings it home for us. We are more aware of our ‘tribes’.
I have many tribes. I wear the safety pin. I wear the rainbow. I wear the pink ribbon. I stand in spirit with my native sisters and brothers to proclaim that we need to take care of Mother Earth. I wear the triangle in a circle. I donate time and finances to various organizations. I have multiple family connections that I try to make sure I spend time nurturing. Why do I do these things, for praise, or for something deeper and much more meaningful? I believe it is for reasons that we ourselves cannot even begin explain. We are driven to do things that give us connection and a sense of belonging.
Ubuntu is a Nguni Bantu term roughly translating to “human kindness”. It is an idea from the Southern African region which means literally “human-ness”, and is often translated as “humanity towards others”. In the Shona language of Zimbabwe it it ‘unhu’. I believe it is what drives all of us to strive for fellowship, understanding, and common ground. It is what, no matter the circumstances, causes us to have faith that a new, better day is always, always on the horizon, but not ever out of reach.
Loosely put, I am because you are, and because you are, I DEFINITELY am. I m ever hopefully that all my tribes will be as one. ❤