During this holiday season as we are giving thanks for all that we have been blessed with, as we are celebrating in giving and receiving, let us remember those who are not as fortunate. Let us remember those who are sick and shut in. Let us value our blessings even more, because we have the opportunity to celebrate! Many of you know that my dad has played a big part in my life's success. He is transitioning slowly and painfully now to the realm of the ancestors. I'd like to ask you to join me in prayer for him and our other loved ones who are passing to the other side. May they transition in peace and dignity, in love and gratitude...
The holidays were my dad's favorite time because family would come together and he could exercise his generosity. It was the giving that brought him so much joy. That joy of giving, he passed on to me. It was one of the many things that he gave me. My dad was a pioneer, coming out of the segregated south. He was a first generation college graduate, earning an MD from Meharry Medical School, a small HBCU in Nashville Tennessee. He graduated at the top of his class and went on to become a respected doctor of internal medicine, specializing in cardiology.
He moved to San Diego in the 60's for a chance at greater opportunity. He and his colleagues built the first black owned and operated outpatient medical center in the country in the 70's. So clearly he taught me the importance of education, research, setting and achieving entrepreneurial goals. He taught me that real black power is green power because then you can sustain your life. I find that to be true even more so today. For what good is it to "free the land" if you don't know what to do with it?
While I have many teachers, the teachings of W.E.B Dubois, Booker T Washington, and my dad, Dr Sam Williams Jr laid the foundation for me to become a FUNCTIONAL integrationist. That simply means that a person is able to go where they needed to go to get what they need to get and bring it back to their community to enrich it. He did this by stressing that he was free to live wherever he wanted to live, as long as he brought his money back to the community and he did. Even after being in retirement for 10 years he came out of retirement and opened up a discount Medical Center for people that didn't have money and couldn't afford health insurance. And that was 10 years ago he just retired in November at the age of 84. He taught me the importance of living a purpose filled life. He loved his work and was passionate about life, another thing he passed on to me.
My dad also taught me what not to do insofar as some of his personal habits. A guy like that, you know he ate, drank, and smoked what he wanted, when he wanted and no one was going to tell him otherwise. I'm sure when the phrase "go hard or go home" was made they had him in mind. Earlier this year I witnessed him eating steak and he has no teeth,lol!!! That of course goes along with freedom right, smh? Now he is suffering. His health conditions are directly related to his consumptions. Stress is what has taken him over the edge. We must keep in mind that stress is an equal opportunity killer. It doesn't care what you eat or where you went to school or what race you are what your sexual preferences are or how much money you make.
Stress is an equal opportunity killer. In any case I have much to be grateful for when I think about my dad and my life. He truly lived a life serving the Most High through his service to humanity, starting with this family and then his community. And guess what? My dad was an atheist! Go figure! I guess it just goes to show that it doesn't matter what you call the Most High or even if you don't call the Most High at all. It's what you do that is reflective of the Most High's manifestations, and he was ALL about that life! The biggest lesson I got from him is about balance. Learning what to do, as well as what not to do and finding the balance therein.
Think about it, ultimately what's the point of doing all those great works and you're not healthy enough and worst yet not even around to enjoy?! Fortunately my dad got in a lot of enjoyment in his life. He did find a balance of sorts that worked for him, most of the time. Which leads me to the conclusion that everybody's gotta figure it out for themselves. My rights and wrongs may not necessarily be your rights and wrongs. The end result is where Ma’at comes in and has the final say. Remember as we move forward into the new year, that people come into our lives for a reason, a season or a lifetime. They come to teach us what to do, as well as what not to do. It's up to us to get the lesson and to thank them for it either way for enriching our lives.
We can, if we are wise enough to see the blessing of the wealth of the interaction. I thank everyone that has contributed to my life for better or worse. I have lived a rich life thus far because of you. It is my goal to continue to bring value to your life by continuing to serve you with the best quality fresh, locally grown, Organic, non-GMO, raw, vegan, vegetarian, and transitional foods available, prepared lovingly by hand.
THANK YOU Atlanta for making Tassili's Raw Reality Cafe Atlanta's Raw Vegan Cafe....where HEALTHY is the NEW SEXY......Pamoja wantu wazuri! (together beautiful people... KiSwahili)...
Peace and love, Tassili