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Kuumba: On beauty and betterment

December 31, 2010

The Kwanzaa principle of the day is Kuumba, which means creativity. Kuumba is quickly becoming the principle that speaks to me most deeply because it implies action. After the previous 5 principles where the focus is on getting together and being intentional about what we do in our family and community, kuumba reminds us to make sure that our positive intentions actually lead to positive outcomes.

Oh, we can go so many ways with this. Kuumba is shining your inner light with a word of encouragement or a smile. Kuumba is using your patience to mentor idle youth in your neighborhood.

Kuumba is the difference between hurtful criticism and loving upliftment. It nudges us to consider whether or not what we’re going to say will make the person or situation, no matter who’s right or who has something to get off their chest.

The late Michael Jackson sang of Kuumba when he asked us to “heal the world/make it a better place.” Kuumba is using your college education to solve problems of world hunger and soil depletion or using your gifted hands to create inspiring art.

Wanna know more about the Nguzo Saba (7 Principles of Kwanzaa), visit The Official Kwanzaa Website.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. December 31, 2010 6:52 pm

    Nice Blog sistah!!!! Keep spreading the world out there.
    Cheers, Shaaban

  2. January 6, 2011 2:10 am

    So good to see that you are celebrating Kwanzaa. I need to
    adopt Kuumba as one of my New Year’s goals. Peace, love and
    blessings this new year. I am doing my first giveway, please stop
    by my site to sign up. Thanks!

    • January 10, 2011 9:32 pm

      Thanks Elle. I’ll be checking in to your blog for the giveaways.

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