Habari Gani? Kuumba (koo-OOM-bah)!
Day 6. December 31
I don't consider myself to be 'creative' in the normal sense. I haven't written many poems in my life. I don't create original artwork of any kind. I don't create my own songs. I imagine that I'm not unlike many of you. I suspect that many of you join me in feeling confined in the roles we play, expected to conform to the expectations of others.
We all need to find outlets for our stifled selves. In the act of creating, we enter an almost meditative state where our troubles cease to exist and our spirit heals and fortifies.
Painting, playing an instrument, or writing a poem my readily occur to us as means of creative expression, but so are blogging, gardening, cooking, or quilting -- whatever appeals to our individual natures.
On this day, I will do something artfully. I will write a letter, make a pencil sketch, or just rearrange one of my rooms in a different way.
Those are my thoughts about Kuumba. Please take a moment to join this online Kwanzaa celebration with me. What do you think when Kuumba comes to mind?