2013-09-27 / Columnists

An Intern’s Take

By Ilyassha Shivers

As the first day of fall has come and gone, I thought to myself how much has changed and will change as we close the last quarter of 2013. From the change in temperature to the color of the leaves on the trees nature has a way of keeping thing move in an orderly fashion. We might elect the first Democratic mayor in eight years. In Brooklyn, we may have the first black District Attorney and Borough President. This certainly is a unique time in our city.

As the political climate changes I did some personal inventory. What can I change, and what must I change, not only as a man, but as someone who has a voice and desire to impact the direction of this community. I thought about my present situation, not being able to provide for my family as I would like to and the many projects that I have started and would like to complete. I thought about honesty. If you cannot be honest with yourself how can you be honest with anything or anyone else?

The Bible says “When I was a child I thought as a child, but when I became a man I put away childish things.” If you are like me there are many things that can be put away. Why wait to make New Year’s Resolutions? It’s far better to end this year the way you want to begin 2014. As you prepare for the end of another year, and the start of a new one what can you do to change yourself, your family and your community? I read somewhere, if you continue to make the same mistakes over and over, that it is no longer a mistake but a choice, what do you think? Send your suggestions and comments to shiverswave@gmail.com. Change is in the air. Don’t forget to read The Wave.

Special shout out to Lakia Echols founder of Make My Mother Proud for receiving an Empowerment Award for the work she does in Far Rockaway and Queens. This was the 2nd Annual Black Celebration Awards, which celebrates greatness in the black community. She wants to thank everyone who voted for her. Congratulations and continued success!

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