Happy Emancipation Day!

In Trinidad and Tobago, we celebrate Emancipation Day on August 1st and it is a public holiday.

Did you know?

On August 1, 1985, Trinidad and Tobago became the first country in the world to declare a national holiday to commemorate the abolition of slavery.

When I think of Emancipation I think of how blessed we are as a people.  Think about it, the experiences and opportunities we now enjoy that we sometimes take for granted because we don’t know any other way than how things are presently.  Some things I often overlooked included:

  • Freedom to acquire an education
  • Freedom to choose my own career path
  • Freedom to live where I want (financial limitations aside)
  • Overall, freedom to live my life, my way
  • The only human being I needed to be accountable to was my parents

Too often, we have to lose what we have before we can appreciate what we had.

Let Emancipation Day be a day to celebrate

How far we’ve come

Never forgetting the chosen few

Who stood up and did what many were afraid to do

Creating greater possibilities for ME  and for YOU

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Let Emancipation Day remind us to always be grateful for what we have

May we always be appreciative of things both big and small

And not let our perspectives on life, keep us locked up in mental strife

Bob Marley, said it best in Redemption Song

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Let Emancipation Day remind us of the need to participate

Life is too short and neither of us know the date

So let’s not allow fear to keep us stuck or hold us back

May we never forget but instead respect

and always appreciate what has been done for us

A special thank you to those special people who cleared the way

So we could live better lives today.

 

Thanks for stopping by.  Hope you had a great day.

On another special note: My dad also celebrates his birthday on this very special day.  Happy Birthday again daddy! 🙂 May you live to see and enjoy many, many more.

 

Author: Cherylene

Cherylene, is an aspiring writer whose desire is to help people nurture and develop the best version of themselves. Through her writing she hopes to encourage her readers to dig deep both spiritually and mentally to heal and enlighten the mind, body and spirit.

6 thoughts on “Happy Emancipation Day!”

  1. Happy Emancipation Day! I also learned that it’s Independence Day for Switzerland on August 1st as well. Hooray for all!

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