“Charity begins at home”, my mother would always say. “Outside, the world is hard enough, but at home you should have peace.” This has been my mantra for many years and continues to be a standard I commit to uphold. Generosity and helpfulness should begin at home, but home can look different for many of us. Home can be a person, place, or even a feeling. It can be with someone or somewhere you belong - where you are loved, respected, and cared for. Sometimes, though, our life experiences can make us feel without a home. Our home, perhaps, isn’t or wasn’t a safe place.
Especially during these times, it is important to remember that home includes you as well. While we are building and caring for those that contribute to our “Home”, it is so important to be kind and generous to yourself. Yes, charity begins at home, but it also begins within, it begins with love, it begins with YOU.
I would like to be the first to say I do not have all of the answers but I do commit in walking alongside you, supporting you in finding your own answers. Being an African American, a minority in the United States - can be challenging. I now understand what my mother meant when she would say “Outside, the world is hard enough.” because it is.