Dr. Christina Greer (115266)
Dr. Christina Greer

As the weather finally begins to change, I am inspired by the phrase “Keep it current.” It may seem like a simple or even abstract phrase to some, but it is quickly becoming a guiding principle for me in all facets of my life. It is essentially the quest to stay present and to continue evolving in thoughts and deeds.

Keeping it current can range from the mundane to the profound. Starting with the mundane, I am using this moment in time to clean out my closets and get clothes ready for Goodwill and friends who have relatives abroad. I am updating my wardrobe so that as the sun shines, I am not wearing black pants, a black sweater and a black scarf to match. My energy in the winter can be a reflection of the black and grey hues that I wear each day. My external appearance should begin to mirror the beauty and abundance that is growing around me as the weather changes. Winter is gone (finally) and I should begin to reflect that in how I look.

Moving to other important areas of note, I must also keep my interests current. I sometimes get in a rut and read the same newspapers, visit the same websites and talk to the same friends about politics and current events. I have become cognizant of my ability to get comfortable with the type or news I am digesting and the sources from which it comes. If I am to evolve intellectually, I must constantly seek out new sources of information. Calling old friends I haven’t spoken to for some time and asking them what they are interested in, what they are reading and who they are using as resources has allowed me to grow intellectually while using a foundation already established by people I know and trust.

Perhaps the most difficult part of keeping one’s life current is when it comes to thoughts and intentions. That is, recognizing that people who may have wronged me in the past may have grown and matured, while also realizing that people who may have once been close friends have chosen a path I choose not to tread. Those are difficult scenarios and largely possible only if one is clear on where they are in their own lives.

I recently made lunch plans with a friend, and when it was time to decide on a restaurant, she asked me if we could dine at a Black-owned business. She stated that for one month, she was deliberately choosing to support local Black businesses. Her level of intentionality gave me pause. As I talk and write about Black coalition building and uplift, my level of forward planning did not match my daily behavior. So, as always dear readers, I ask you to join me in keeping it current, moving forward and continuing to uplift ourselves and our neighbors. And be sure to wear some colors that reflect the abundance that surrounds us.

Christina Greer, Ph.D., is an assistant professor at Fordham University and the author of “Black Ethnics: Race, Immigration, and the Pursuit of the American Dream.” Follow her on Twitter @Dr_CMGreer.