A quick wiki on Nina's lead to a discovery of accomplishments which, in my opinion, supersedes any need for validation from what's considered to be a prestigious institution. The wiki post states the following:
"Simone was the recipient of a Grammy Hall of Fame Award in 2000 for her interpretation of "I Loves You, Porgy." She has also received fifteen Grammy Award nominations. On Human Kindness Day 1974 in Washington, D.C., more than 10,000 people paid tribute to Simone. Simone received two honorary degrees in music and humanities, from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Malcolm X College."
She was later to be addressed as "Dr. Nina Simone" after receiving such honors (read more at http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nina_Simone)
SCHOLARSHIP? HA! ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!?!?!
I couldn't help but think of the daily agony in her soul, from what she perceived to be failure. As one who is a product of a lower middle class urban upbringing, I'm well aware of the desire to make your community proud and for lack of a better phrase, "To pave the way." This sentiment is shared amongst most minorities. From those who helped their children to be the first in the family to go to college, to the minorities who later become CEOs. There isn't a better feeling than knowing you've done something to reward those who've invested in you, and inspire those coming behind you. Yet, having considered this point in Nina's life, I'm recognizing the unnecessary grief we often place on our souls, by believing the lie that we are somehow, unaccomplished. Weather it be of our own self affliction, or by the guilt placed on us by others. It's all a lie.
The fact of the matter is, if you're reading this, you're not dead. This means that your story isn't over. I'm sure if sister Nina knew the words of her life's future chapters she would resolve to exist in the utmost joy. Pondering this moment in her life, also reveals the reason for why depression is wreaking havoc on the minds and souls of so many people even today.
The challenges in our current circumstances are the fertilizers that help us to grow. If only we can see things in perspective (starting with me). Paul says in Romans 8:18, "I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us." I believe this applies both to time and eternity. Nina sought the justice that Isaiah 1:17 spoke about, "Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow."
The bible states that the steps of the righteous are ordered by God, and that the righteous have never been forsaken, and their seed have never begged for bread. So, it's not over despite what any person, prestigious institution, or situation says. We may not always see exactly what God is going to do. But, He can give us the grace to say "It Is Well With My Soul."
Thanks "Dr. Nina Simone." You're still inspiring us.
There are moments in life that are a lot like fertilizer, though unpleasant, it helps us grow. In the midst of our trials, may God give us the grace to be aware of "Macro Vision."
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