Lena Horne Once Said…

Lena Mary Calhoun Horne was born on June 30, 1917 and died on May 9, 2010. Lena was an American singer, dancer, actress, and civil rights activist.

It’s not the load that breaks you down, it’s the way you carry it. Carry it by the comfortable handles of gratitude for what’s positive and that is not worse, rather than the uncomfortable edges of bitterness for the negatives and that it is not better. -Lena Horne

Everyone in their life gets their own load and some are heavier than others. As Lena said it depends on how you carry your load and how comfortable you are with everything that it brings you. There will always be parts that will be easier and many that will be hard as hell but it is what you do to handle those things that shape you into who you are in life. So roll with the punches, laugh at the adversity and don’t give up trying.

Nobody black or white who really believes in democracy can stand aside now; everybody’s got to stand up and be counted. – Lena Horne

Democracy is a government by the people, which was formed by the people. Many people don’t think that their vote counts because there has been such a fight over the years for who could and could not vote and if you are of age and want to be part of the democracy you need to vote. If you want things to change in the United States, want to see things differently, you need to vote. Voting is so important and the more people that vote you will see the power of democracy. The power of the people and what we can change. I’m a Libertarian which is a third party and I know we need a big change which is why I encourage you all to get informed about the candidates, truly informed and don’t just vote without knowledge. Ask yourself what you want changed, be true to yourself not just for your Father or Mother or Grandmother. What do you believe in, write those things down, be passionate about those things and make informed decisions.

You have to be taught to be second class. You’re not born that way. – Lena Horne

Lena did have it right in regards to growing up. When we’re babies and young we don’t have a concept of racism or know that one thing is thought of as being worse. That is something that is taught or passed on from generation to generation and it is up to you as an individual to decide to go against what you are taught if it’s not something you believe. If you are a little white girl and grew up being friends with a little black girl and really connected with each other, why would you change the way you feel because of something that your family said. If they made remarks that were not true of your friend, for me I have decided for myself to keep my friend and ignore the stereotype and ignore what others want to impose because they don’t agree that we can be friendly. I believe that we all have love and love doesn’t see color, doesn’t see how rich or poor we are, doesn’t see religion. What we really need to do is treat each other as equals because that is how it should be. The green crayon isn’t better or worse than the purple crayon.

I got Rhythm – Lena Horne