Being a black man is demanding. Every day when we step outside, we are confronted with challenges that no other group of men is faced with. Some of us buckle under the pressure and some of us rise to the occasion and make uncomfortable circumstances surrender to us instead of the other way around. The challenge to us as men is how do we make the latter the norm?
We can make the latter the norm by courageously dealing with the battle within; so that when challenges are presented to us, we handle them with grace, faith, and fearlessness. In order for us to engage in this battle within, we must be honest about our shortcomings, our pain, and our vices that take us away from our divinity. It is at this fork in the road that many black men unconsciously take the path of mediocrity and eventually the death[A1] of the purpose that God places within our spirits.
If we truly desire to be men of influence and fulfill our purpose, we must not be afraid of self-scrutiny and allow others to aid us. SEEKING help is a sign of maturity and we need to lay to rest the destructive ideas of masculinity where we suffer in silence to appear strong. I implore all of us men to see the value in finding culturally-competent counsel that will give you and me the space to be vulnerable.
I can tell you from experience that it won't be comfortable, but as in all things, after much difficulty comes ease. Let's fill our spirits, minds, and hearts by plowing out the pain with the aid of good counsel so that we can bear fruit that is life-giving.
Visit therapyforblackmen.org today to start the process of reclaiming our natural divinity so we can live out our lives in peace.
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