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Ten years ago, America was wounded by senseless violence. In a blinding flash, loved ones were lost and our nation was plunged into war. Each year since has elapsed in a blur, yet the pain is still as present as it was during those life-changing moments. Though heavy-hearted, we’ve grown stronger and more determined to preserve our freedom. Though the tears fall, our spirit remains unbroken while we retain our faith, knowing that those who had passed wouldn’t want us to surrender to despair or hatred. Doing so would only perpetuate what stole them from us. That is why we shall never forget. By remembering them, and all they stood for, we will immortalize them in our hearts and minds.

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For a moment, allow yourself to drift away; away from the hectic cacophony conducted by storytellers of doomsday propaganda. Drift away from the naysayers and doubters who seek to cage your hopeful ambition, and know that so as long as your heart beats, the plasma of possibility flows within your being.

There is abounding beauty beneath the concrete mask of negativity. The facade is heavy, but can be lifted with the power of your compassion and the openness of your mind. In doing so you’ll see that the mask is a shield of deception, designed to fool us into believing that there is no hope, no future, no love, no possibility of positive change. In truth, all these things exist in abundance, but have become a sort of hidden treasure buried beneath a sea of doubt.

Drift away from all that corrupts your inner voice, buried beneath the chaotic dictation of materialistic desire. Allow yourself to slowly touchdown, your feet once again planted firmly on the foundation of your soul. Remember what truly matters to you beyond any deadline, headline or inconvenience. Dive into the tranquil rivers of soothing self-exploration as you get reacquainted with your inner child. As you submerge and descend into the depths of uncertainty, don’t be surprised if your treasure is revealed. It may be challenging to seize, but  upon your success you’ll find that it will help to propel you during your ascent. And as you break the watery surface, clutching your rewards, don’t be alarmed to find that you have been changed by the journey.

Take a moment to gaze into the celestial ceiling of your mind and see your dreams encrusted within it as plentiful as the stars. They were always there, but were obscured by hopelessness. Dare to capture one and bring it with you as you drift away once more, this time, back to the reality as you know it—as you knew it. For this time, with one of many dreams tucked carefully within your layered consciousness, you carry the possibility of its expansion. Keep it well and nurture it. And may it provide yet one more light desperately needed to illuminate a path so that others may be reunited with hope.

Best wishes in light and love,
Shykia

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Even before the smoke had cleared I was stolen from another, my name changed by my captors. They used my body for their own benefit with no care or concern for my well-being. I was violated as a means to demonstrate their power. Each day I cried out as a new part of me died, but they didn’t understand my language. Either that, or they simply tuned me out. Even so, I wasn’t alone in my suffering. There were others even more helpless than I, being used and abused based solely on their outer appearance, as was my previous caregivers. I caught the red blood that seeped from their bruised midnight flesh as my own wounds bled black. Yes, those were heartrending times and we cried together in our helpless fear, anguish and anger. Just when we thought we’d break, change rode in on the back of time as swiftly as the comets in the sky above. I could feel it shower all over me, affecting all who touched me while cleansing the scars that will never completely heal.

Many decades had passed since then and though my age began to reveal itself in the cracks of my skin, my spirit never lost its vibrant color. Today, my name remains tattooed upon it. You are among the descendents of my captors and the reluctant inheritors of their legacy. I am proud to say that you evolved, abandoning many of their faulty ways. You had grown to embrace those they had wronged, including me. You declared your love for me. You vowed to stand beside me and guide me. In my honor, you vowed to live in accordance to a set of principles in which human values would be upheld after the decades of turmoil I witnessed firsthand. Yet, ignorance still lurks beneath the surface of many, creating violent lemmings that continue to plague me to this very day. Don’t you see? Your success is my success; your failure is my failure. I fear you have begun to relapse. Through your angry blindness and hatred, can you see me? How can you when you don’t see eye-to-eye with your brothers, sisters and neighbors? Open your eyes and witness the return of my deterioration. Do you see me? Do you remember my name? Do you remember what it means? Do you remember who I am? I am America!

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