Journaling Prompt — Kwanzaa Reflections

Self-reflection during the Kwanzaa celebration.

Bill Holmes


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In acknowledgment and celebration of Kwanzaa, answer the following questions regarding the principle of Kujichaguila:

· Who am I?

· Am I really who I am?

· Am I all that I ought to be?

Who am I?

I am the sum of my experiences, both the good and the bad. I am the knowledge acquired, skills developed, and thoughts generated inside this human vessel of flesh and bones for 51 years and nine months plus of my existence. I am my ancestors’ wildest dreams and the beneficiary of their sacrifices they made for a better life conceived from their aspirations. I am the reflection of the Creator’s love with the responsibility to mirror that image through my contributions, actions, and efforts. I am the writer who has employed his gifts to honor and empower self by positively impacting the lives of others through the sharing of my words.

Am I really who I am?

Sometimes I believe I really am the person I believe to be, and sometimes I don’t. The latter occurs when I allow doubt, fear, shame, guilt, etc., to appear inside my thoughts that affect my mood. This also happens whenever I think about disturbing memories when 1) I allowed others to disrespect me, 2) I made mistakes, and 3) I dwelled about my childhood experiences. Regardless of what took place, I do not have to be a victim of my yesterdays. Yes, I am the sum of my experiences, including the past, but I am also my present actions and future decisions.

Am I all I ought to be?

No, I believe that I’m on the right path to transform my life to achieve and master the best version of self. It’s a continuous journey that requires much discipline and adaptations. I am grateful and proud of my accomplishments to date, but inside my soul I know I can do better when it applies to self-determination and utilizing my gifts and talents to honor my Creator, self, and community. This thought motivates me to keep striving each day I am alive and remain optimistic because I’ve yet to create my best work to date for the world to receive and experience.



Bill Holmes

Writer. Poet. ESSENCE Best Selling Author. Filmmaker. Personal development aficiando who lives and breathes the mantra "I will not be denied!"