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Skills For A Successful Career; Harvested From the Hood🍎

“YOU are not of this world, you just live in it”. — My mama used to quote John 17:16 as she would look dead into my eyes while straightening my pleated uniform and looking around our housing project lined street. Our house was exactly 0.4 miles from one of the deadliest housing projects, D-Block, in Yonkers, NY.

Retrospectively, that world that “I didn’t live in” provided me with lessons that has made me a successful administrator and continues to give me an edge over my competitors and peers in the professional world.

This is my ode to the hood:

Mama- You kept us under your wing. Protected us from the world around us.

Yonkers- So different from the oasis you grew up in, on your beautiful island.

Babies having babies, people slinging drugs.

Displaced persons, mangled families

Just trying to live, to rebuild their lives

Fighting against the patriarchy and the weight of systematic oppression

Cops, shrouded in blue, busting down doors, just spitting distance from our own front door

I remember you whispering: “You are not of this world — Remember that”

But I was, Mama.

I was,

Because I was not blind, and I was not deaf.

I hoarded the lessons of the street.

Breathing them in until they flowed like oxygen through my veins

Stuffing them deep down.

Burying them away below the layers of brown skin, so that my white,rich peers would not happen to catch a glance of them.

I hid them, so I would not be found out.

So that they wouldn’t call me or assume me- Ghetto

Now I’m a professional and it’s the hood lessons chosen time to shine

The ones that have made me strong, creative, bold:

I learned…

The importance of the witty clap back.

I learned… 

To use my voice boldly. 

To sound the alarm-

 To identify- Danger.

I learned ….

Look both ways before you cross the street.

Look up, down and around before making a move. Be strategic

I learned…

To make something out of nothing.

To create my own sunshine, when skies were gray.

I learned…

Follow your gut.

I learned…

It’s ok to be different and to march to my own drum.

I learned…

A little skepticism is healthy.

And

Think Twice Before you Speak.

I learned…

To make the food stretch, when there was little or none.

I learned…

To tell the truth plainly

I learned…

To tell a brilliant and clever story

And

to know when to mind my own business

I learned…

To listen

I learned…

The importance of boundaries

I learned…

 The significance of family

Both blood and chosen

I learned…

How to take action and when to break rules

I learned…

To initiate change and not to wait for it to happen

Mom

I learned…

When it was time to step up to the plate

Most importantly

I learned…

To be resilient

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