Sunday, November 10, 2013
Time and Place
Duality is a concept that has caught my attention for quite some time now. The fact that it takes two to tangle is a universal concept. I would like to add a little twist to what the scriptures said many years ago. There is a time and a place for everything. My experience in Tela, Honduras on the 4th -8th November 2013 has brought my understanding of who I am as a Garífuna to another level; I am referring to the power of our Spirituality as a nation.
I was given the opportunity to say something at the inauguration and closing of an event that will take its rightful place in our history a Garífuna Nation. I was able to share a few words with the participants. I would like to be honest by saying that I am not a fan of the microphone; however I am willing to say that it has a powerful influence. I was able to listen and observe a diverse group of brothers and sisters that came from the different communities in Central America.
I was able to say on the microphone that “words” can compromise an individual or a group based on what the person or group is saying. I was in Honduras to speak as the president of ONEGUA, but in this case I would like to take it to another level, I would like to take the opportunity to write my open speech in writing. I am choosing the time and place to put this in writing because I would like to stand by what I am putting in writing.
I would like to focus on something I wrote before my trip to Tela, Honduras; I said something to the effect that my trip to Honduras was about the cultivation of a healthier relationship between the physical and the spiritual. I am now convinced more than ever that our identity is the link between the two; physical and spiritual; I also believe that our identity can take us one step farther and make us stronger.
The workshop in Honduras is about urban development and territorial rights for the Garífuna Nation in Central America. ONEGUA is the organization that is taking a responsibility to represent the Garífuna People in Guatemala. Therefore the role I will play is born from the experience I had in Honduras. It was born from being in the presence of brothers and sisters who understands the value of our identity in a struggle to maintain our Nation. The brothers and sisters from Nicaragua allowed me to understand that we had to take immediate actions there and then.
Time and Place is about a link that is taking place in our communities and the Garífuna Nation; the time has come for us to strengthen the link between brothers and sisters that will take us to another level and make us stronger.