I was thinking about what to write today, I decided that I want this letter to address the self-esteem of my beautiful young ladies. When I was a girl in the fourth grade there was an elderly African-American woman who would come to my class often to encourage the kids and tell us that we were VALUABLE. I do not remember the older woman’s name, but I know that she had a great impact on my life.
She would ask the whole class to repeat after her and we would say, “I AM LOVEABLE AND CAPABLE, SPECIAL, AND UNIQUE!”
From the very first time I recited this line, I believed it. Somewhere deep inside of me I felt like this woman had understood how I felt and at that very young age she gave me the vocabulary to speak my feelings. Once I believed these words I was able to live my life in a way that said I do believe and care about myself. I love me!
I want you young ladies to love YOU!!! Take time to get to know yourselves, listen to yourselves and your intuitions (the voice that tells you what is right and wrong). Please do not allow negative people or situations to destroy your future and your destiny. Many of you have lived through horrible situations but because you lived through them, God has a plan for you to tell your story of overcoming those issues to others. Remember that I love you and that you are valuable. You CAN and WILL do great things!