Today's Book Nugget comes from
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
by Frederick Douglass
In an effort to understand the history behind the twisted situation that is racism in America, I've been reading this one-of-three autobiographical writings of the great abolitionist, Frederick Douglass.
In the book, Douglass speaks frankly about the horrors he witnessed and experienced in growing up a slave. He was forced to watch his mother get beaten by his first master (and supposed father), saw his brother trampled on until he bled from his nose and ears, knew women whose designated purpose was to be "breeders" (his grandmother included), watched fellow slaves get murdered by their overseer with no justice served, and was broken physically and mentally by the tyranny of his masters.
But, in spite of the terror he lived day in and day out, Douglass vowed to himself that he would manifest a way out of his situation or die trying. While he was living under the supervision of a particularly f'd up overseer, he spent his days off affirming that he would one day be free:
"I will run away. I will not stand it. Get caught, or get clear, I'll try it... I have only one life to lose. I had as well be killed running as die standing... It cannot be that I shall live and die a slave."
He eventually seized his freedom, and had a lot to do with ending slavery altogether so--what do you think a little affirmation and prayer might do for your life?