Today March 10, 2013, marks the 100 year anniversary of the death of a true Shero, Mrs. Harriet Tubman (born Araminta Harriet Ross).
Mrs. Tubman didn't just talk about it, she was ABOUT it. She had a definite goal and set out to achieve it time and time again. She wasn't content to "get hers" and just live her free life -- she wanted to save others.
Over 11 years she went back to the pit of the South to save her family and other slaves. She made 13 trips.
I attended an event in honor of Harriet Tubman today, and while I listened to her story told in much more depth than I had ever heard in history class, I thought about just how brave she was.
Think about it for a moment -- she planned 13 missions on foot back to the horrible place where her family was torn apart, where she worked for no pay and was treated like an animal. 13 times she had to get mentally prepared for this trip.
Some of us complain about having to get up and go to work in the morning. Or we make excuses about why we can't go mentor a child once or twice a month. Or we become deathly afraid of the idea of getting up in front of a group of people to speak our hearts about how we can improve our communities.
This small but feisty five-foot woman packed her revolver and a few things and set out on foot toward real danger, not once not twice but 13 times. Would we be that brave if it were necessary? Would we put our lives on the line for freedom?
Harriet Next Door
Who are the Harriets in your community or family? Who are the women or men who are willing to put their necks on the line time and again for the betterment of their children or communities? Honor them today, thank them, because it is a rare treasure to have someone like that in your midst.
Thank You Mrs. Tubman
Thank you Harriet Tubman. I am so proud to say that you are one of my ancestors. You encourage me to be stronger and to strive to do more. I feel that the best way to thank you properly is to commit myself to spreading positivity throughout my community... even if sometimes it is challenging and inconvenient.
I believe that if she were here, Harriet would still be trying to rescue us from the slavery that seems to be rampant in 2013 -- the enslavement of our minds.