Starting Your Week in Soul: 3 Things You Need to Know

Starting Your Week in Soul: 3 Things You Need to Know

Soul Shot #1:  Kenya's Cry

10516878_10153192678749800_1067156252983740893_nSometimes some celebrities hit the nail on the head so hard that there's nothing else to do or say. One of my all time favorites Lalah Hathaway did just that in her post about the utter blindness and bias that western media has about the worth of so-called black lives.

Lalah Post's: A couple of months ago, 12 people were killed in France and ‪#‎JesuisCharlie‬ was trending in a matter of Minutes & the world/world leaders stood up and condemned the attack. 4 days ago 147 students were killed in Garissa Kenya and neither the media attention nor international response begin to scratch the surface of what is required. These acts are barbaric and deplorable irrespective of where they are carried out. I guess the flight to Africa is much to long for the world leaders to go there, but if it were for gold, diamonds, or oil it would be necessary. ‪#‎JesuisKenyan‬ ‪#‎Pray4Kenya‬ RP Please!!! RP RP"

Nuff Said! #blacklivesmatter

Soul Shot #2: The Whitewashing of Weed

o-COLORADO-MARIJUANA-facebookBeing a native of Colorado I take real exception to the complete, and I do mean utterly and complete, white washing of the the weed industry here.

Do you have any idea how many so called black and brown people lives have been destroyed by the criminalization of the very substance that is now making young white millionaires? No, I mean really, do you?!?!

Despite making up just 35 percent of Colorado’s total population, white males make up nearly two-thirds (58 percent) of dispensary license holders. Overall, whites made up a total of 84 percent of dispensary ownership and female dispensary owners comprised an abysmal 24 percent of the total—and every single one of the women in the sample is white.

Legal sales of marijuana in Colorado totaled $700 million in the first year, making the industry an economic force in the state on par with the lucrative agricultural export industry, which totals $718 million annually. According to Arcview Market Research, in 2014 the legal cannabis industry grew at a rate of 74 percent, from $1.5 billion to $2.7 billion, making it the fastest growing industry in America.

It's this type of thinly veiled economic and justice discrimination that drives me to want to start drinking......molotov cocktails!!

Soul Shot #3: I love Russel Brand!

Listen family, as a self-assured heterosexual male I have absolutely no problems saying that I'm truly in love with a man.  In a world where the only social issues celebrities give a damn about is how many followers they have on Twitter, Russel Brand is my knight in shining armor and in me he has a loyal and bedazzled fan.

Check out his rundown of media coverage of the crashed flight last week and tell me if you're progressive heart doesn't skip a beat!

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7 Tips to Make This A Great Week

Well Monday is here again. While this of course means the weekend is over, it also means a new week of unlimited potential lies ahead. The following are 7 ideas that will help you have a happy, productive and meaningful week:

1. Set Goals

Ideally on Sunday (but Monday is ok), I like to take some time out to think about the week ahead. I follow Dr Covey’s approach to goal-setting as outlined in The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. This involves the following:

  • Identifying Roles: identify the key roles in your life. If you haven’t given this much thought before, just write down what immediately comes to mind. Some of my roles, for example, are: father, husband, blogger, employee, and uncle.
  • Selecting Goals: next think of 2 or 3 important things you would like to accomplish in each of these roles in the coming week. For example, as an uncle I need to buy and send presents for my niece and nephew so that they reach Australia in time for Christmas day.
  • Scheduling: this basically involves taking the above goals, and scheduling time to do them. Be flexible though – in most cases some daily adapting is also needed.

2. Get the Most Out of Every Day

This may sound like a cliche, but each and every day is a gift. Don’t indefinitely delay happiness in your life or settle for being bored. Be inspired. Live with vitality. Enjoy life every day.

3. Do That Thing You Are Resisting

Almost everyone has at least one thing that they are resisting. Perhaps it is fixing something around the house, making an important phone call or re-starting the exercise habit. Get that thing done, and you will be sure to feel to feel as if you have accomplished something this week.

4. Nurture Your Relationships

I truly believe that happiness is highly dependant on the quality of our relationships with other people. So be committed to nurturing these relationships. Here are some quick ideas how:

  • Pick up the phone: email is great, but make a point every so often to pick up the phone and speak to your friends and family.
  • Meet a friend for lunch: do you have a friend that seems to have fallen off the side of the Earth? Invite them out to lunch and catch up on everything you have missed.
  • Ping: even if you are extremely busy this week, find the time to send a friend or family member a quick email or text message. If nothing else, it shows you are thinking about them.
  • Remember birthdays: make a point to remember important dates, such as birthdays. I suggest taking time out one day to mark your diary with these important dates. Tip: Facebook is great for discovering birthdays.

5. Stretch Yourself

Stretch yourself by trying something new this week. If you need some ideas, check out my article 50 Ways to Improve Your Life.

6. Be Disciplined

Starting the week by setting goals is a bit like making new years eve resolutions: they are easy to make, but as time progresses it can be hard to capture the same motivation that was present when you first made them. If you struggle with self-discipline, I suggest keeping the following quote in mind:

“When the morning’s freshness has been replaced by the weariness of midday, when the leg muscles quiver under the strain, the climb seems endless, and, suddenly, nothing will go quite as you wish – it is then that you must not hesitate.” – Dag Hammarskjold

7. Make a Difference

This week commit to making a positive difference in the world. Even the following small actions can make a big difference in the life of another person and/ or the world:

  • Buy lunch for a hungry pan-handler
  • Donate to that person shaking a tin for charity
  • Recycle
  • Plant a tree
  • Volunteer your time for a good cause
  • Put a smile on a child’s face

How are you going to make this a great week?

 

About author

H-Soul Ashemu
H-Soul Ashemu

H-Soul "Soul" Ashemu is a prolific writer, speaker, progressive social activist, and communications professional with more than 20 years of experience as an award-winning columnist and radio/television journalist. Soul also lived in Ghana, West Africa for over ten years working in the non-profit and governmental sectors as a communication specialist. Currently, Soul is the producer of two-online publications and a syndicated TV show by the same name Soul Progressive. Soul attended Howard University and USC Luskins School.

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