So many times, those of us on social media want to only present the glamour of having a platform. Everything has to be picture perfect--every line has to be edited with precision. We've convinced ourselves that our narrative has to be user-friendly to all so that our brand can maintain it's marketability.
A relative newbie to all of this game changing social media, though, I can't help but to think of that one, Sunday morning that I felt broken. I felt unloved, misunderstood. It crossed my mind that being dead would be so much easier than pressing forward with life.
Having been reared in the church, I decided if I needed to go to church any Sunday, THAT Sunday would be the one that would mean something.
"God. I just need you this morning. Not church. Just you." I bargained as I prayed.
I don't remember much other than the fact that I ended up somewhere in my jeans, sweatshirt, no makeup, no purse. Just me and my car keys. I sat amidst Prada and Gucci. Friends of Ann Taylor and Macy's were also present. That day, though. Mr. Levi Strauss and his company, worked for me.
Guess what, ya'll. Despite the fact that I didn't match the pristine presentations of what surrounded me, God still showed up. I pressed into that small amount of hope that I believed in and by the time I left that church, I was able to grab on to a divine message:
"Cynae. You matter."
I reflect on that day often. My lesson in it is that there are people at any given moment who may need encouragement in whatever form they can get it but because they feel inadequate, they suffer without ever calling out for help.
*They may not wear the clothes we wear. *Their skin color may be different. *They may not have the education that we think they should have.
Let's DO something about this.
I don't believe that anyone should ever be allowed to fall without someone caring enough to offer encouragement.
I challenge every beautifully, and wonderfully made individual who holds a social platform to take a moment to just tell someone that they matter: their struggles, their failures, their existence, their families, their generations, their communities, their heritage...EVERYTHING about them. It ALL MATTERS.
We say we want to be the change. Sometimes all it takes is two words: