On this sixth day of Kwanzaa, we celebrate and reflect on Kuumba [koo-OOM-bah] (creativity).
To do always as much as we can, in the way we can, in order to leave our community more beautiful and beneficial than we inherited it.
The sixth day of Kwanzaa celebrates Kuumba, the ability we all have to put our imaginations to work, to make our ideas a reality, even to make our dreams come true, for the good of ourselves and our society.
“Using our creative mind”; dreaming big and making those dreams real.
My grandmother would always tell me to “use my creative mind”—always proud of the paper plate turkeys at Thanksgiving and the made-up stories and the dance performances that I (or any other grandchild) would bring to her. She was a big believer in allowing us to dream big….and kids can be the biggest dreamers. How many times have you heard a kid dreaming of being an astronaut or the President or a ballerina or a movie star–or anything else they imaginations can come up with? At that age, the difference is they don’t know the meaning of the word “impossible”; they can achieve as big as their dreams, and there are no roadblocks. As we get older (and especially into adulthood) we run into walls and stops and find out how much hard work it takes to get those big dreams, all the while having others tell us that we can’t do it and we need to be practical. Inventors, entrepreneurs and scientists regularly think outside the realm of possibility and come up with inventions and innovations that improve our quality of life. Encouraging that in our community not only contributes to the betterment of the world at large, but serves as an example to those little boys and girls dreaming big–letting them know that the impossible IS possible if you put forth the effort.