“Love is like a baby; it needs to be treated tenderly” ~ Ethiopian Proverb
I think many of us can agree that love is a journey. Whether it is loving yourself or loving someone else, you will be tested and stretched in order to feel and give love. This proverb is a verbal reminder that to take our time when it comes to the process of love. Like a baby, love can be fragile.
So, how do we treat love tenderly?
I think that can be answered in two ways:
~ Knowing how we want to be loved
~ Asking how others would like to be loved
It would be through having very personal conversations that we are able to truly define how to treat love tenderly.
What’s your interpretation of this #Ethiopian proverb?
My name is Simon Javan Okelo. I grew up in the slums of Manyatta in Kisumu, Kenya, serving as the Field Director of Solace International and Co-Director of the Young Generation Centre from 2002-2010 where I directed humanitarian projects in Malawi, Kenya, Ghana, Liberia, and South Sudan. I also worked as a DJ and producer, organizing Unite The People concerts in 2008 in the wake of post-election violence and founding One Vibe Africa.
I came to the US in 2010, and I have since organized events and digital campaigns celebrating the African diaspora locally and globally. For example, since 2014 I have organized Madaraka Festival at The Museum of POP Culture headlined by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Sauti Sol, Blitz The Ambassador, Rocky Dawuni, Meklit Hadero, Nik West, Naomi Wachira, Karun, and other renowned grammy award winning artists.