Everyday Inspiration from Sonsyrea
Sonsyrea Tate Montgomery is the author of “Little X: Growing up in the Nation of Islam,” and “Do Me Twice: My Life After Islam.” Her latest book, a novel, “Capitol Madness: Working on Capitol Hill,” will be released in 2012. Sonsyrea’s blog will appear on Soul Rhythms every Wednesday. You can also read her at Sonsyrea’s Blog.
June 21, 2011 In the garden, I pray
A few weeks ago I was rushing back from the store to catch a Joel Osteen sermon on TV, but my little patch of yard in front of the townhouse caught my attention. I decided to stop and pull weeds before going inside. In the next hour, as I pulled weeds, so many thoughts crossed my mind I found myself in prayer right there in the dirt. Click here to read more.
June 29, 2011 A creative outlook
When I was growing up, one of my aunts said repeatedly, “Allah does not change the condition of a person until they change the condition of their heart.” We were Muslims, “poor,” as in financially struggling.My aunt was raising 12 children with her husband, living in public housing in Washington, D.C. Click here to read more.
July 6, 2011 Thank God for failures
I was enjoying a power-walk one morning last week when I got a boost from an unexpected source. A woman on an adult-size tricycle commented on the slogan on my tee-shirt. “Each one teach one,” she said, reading the faded letters on my decade-old tee. “I taught for nine years. I think I reached one. Maybe,” she said a hint of sarcasm in her voice. Click here to read more.
July 13, 2011 Criticism: Free of Charge
As part of my career exploration these days, I sometimes ask individuals about their jobs; why they do it; how long they’ve been doing it; whether they like it. I was speaking with a library clerk, who mentioned that
she is retired from a career in management analysis, when I realized I have cheated myself. Click here to read more.
July 20, 2011 When Honesty Prevails
Without thinking about it I picked up a credit card I saw on the floor and called out the name on it. “Donald,” I said standing near the check-out line at the library. A short, thin fellow turned to see who was calling his name. I offered the card. He reached for it with a smile. I was reminded of someone turning in my wallet the day before. Click here to read more.
July 27, 2011 The Tree that Gave More than Shade
I went to the riverfront one evening hoping to enjoy a beautiful sunset but discovered the setting sun was blocked by a forest of trees. Looking for a place to sit, I was drawn to a bench under a particularly shady tree. The metal placard on the bench read: “Sit and rest a while,” and that seemed like a good idea. Click here to read more.
August 3, 2011 Much to do –or no — at the beach
I headed to the beach one Sunday morning to enjoy group yoga, planning to meditate then do some journaling. Turns out I had mis-read the sign. Yoga was scheduled for 10 a.m., not 11, and it was held at a school near the beach, not actually on the beach. So, I ended up alone on my yoga mat at the beach. Perfect for deep reflection and uninterrupted observation. Click here to read more.
August 10, 2011 Correcting a Corrupted Moral Compass
One Sunday I was in line at a Safeway when I overheard a teen telling his mom to check the receipt because he thought the clerk neglected to ring-up a particular item. “That’s very honest of that young man,” I thought. Click here to read more.
August 17, 2011 For a Dollar and a Quarter
Imagine that you woke up one morning with a serious jones for a jolt of caffeine from the nearby store where you can get your favorite shot for a-buck-o-nine. You scoop up 50 cents you had left on your dresser, search your purse for two quarters and a dime you thought you saw there the day before, but you come up short. Click here to read more.
August 24, 2011 A Walking, Talking Book
Stopped at a traffic light, I glanced over and noticed a young man sitting at the bus stop, leaning forward, clutching a bottle of Coca Cola. He was wearing a tank top and his body was full of tattoos. He caught me staring. Click here to read more.
September 1, 2011 What I discovered on the Eve of Irene
Some people love storms because they drive us indoors and give us time to reflect, connect, clean-up, etc. As Hurricane Irene approached I found myself doing some of both. Click here to read more.
September 7, 2011 Seasons End
It was more than a mid-life crisis that drove me there. I took a trip to the Six Flags amusement park near me for several reasons. For starters, I wanted to celebrate the end of the summer season and the end of a particularly challenging season in my personal/professional life. Click here to read more.