“I see nothing inconsistent between being proud of one self and one’s ancestors and, at the same time, seeing oneself first and foremost a member of the commonwealth of all races all races and all creeds.”
Have you ever belonged to a club either as a kid or an adult? I’m sure if you think real hard you have been. I can even remember being with my friends in Maryland and we built our own clubhouse our in the field behind my house where a Elementary school now stands. We came up with our own rules like no parents allowed or girls for that matter. Now remember I was like 7 years old at the time so my friends and I were the typical immature boys during this time. Other clubs you may have or are currently a part of are book clubs, country clubs, sports clubs, etc. Within each of these clubs there are certain rules or bylaws that the club members abide by and if any of them are broken, they are more than likely dismissed from the group. Even if you have never been a part of a club I’m here to tell you actually have been a member of an exclusive club that you probably never knew you have been and always will be a part of.
American Tennis player Arthur Ashe was the first black player selected to the United States Davis Cup team and the only black man ever to win the singles title at Wimbledon, the US Open, and the Australian Open. He was also a civil rights activist and was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. In today’s quote he mentions that he sees us all as members of the commonwealth of all races and all creeds and does not believe that this is separate from how we view ourselves or our ancestors. In essence we are all one in the same. It is because of this that this quote represents to me both self awareness and social awareness.
We recognize or acknowledge we should be proud of ourselves as well as those who came before us which is that self awareness as it encompasses our thoughts that directly affect our behavior. I find it interesting his mentioning of us being a part of the commonwealth, a word we don’t hear too often much anymore. A commonwealth is a community that is founded for the common good. It is that common good that it was founded upon, which had no biases and to me is something that is looked upon as being pure. I’d like to think that is what Arthur Ashe meant when he made this statement. Race nor creed matter, we are all part of a collective community or as I refer to it as an exclusive club with our main mission being to continuously strive towards serving and loving one another in order to build a world where we can all coexist in peace and harmony. We will forever be connected to one another and the measure of our success is dependent upon our ability to lift one another up when we need it most.
What does this quote mean to you and how can you apply today’s message towards improving your self awareness and social awareness?