Day Three: Ujima (oo-JEE-mah), collective work, and responsibility. To build and maintain our community together and make our brothers’ and sisters’ problems our problems and to solve them together.
“My humanity is bound up in yours, for we can only be human together.”
– Desmond Tutu
Habari Gani? Ujima
One of my heroes is the late Desmond Tutu, one of the lessons that I have learned from Archbishop Tutu is the importance of ubuntu – the word ubuntu comes from the Zulu phrase, “Umuntu ngumuntu ngabantu” which translates to mean that a person is a person through other people. In 2010, Archibishop Tutu did the forward for a book called Dignity where he stated:
“In Africa recognition of our interdependence is called ubuntu. It is the essence of being human. It speaks of the fact that my humanity is caught up and is inextricably bound up in yours. I am human because I belong to the whole, to the community, to the tribe, to the nation, to the earth. Ubuntu is about wholeness, about compassion for life.”
We are not here to be alone. Our Heavenly Father sends us to this earth as a part of families, and as we journey through life, He guides us to individuals with who we are blessed to walk down this path we call life. May we take the time to look around us and let the Lord lead us to the brother or sister around us who may need us to be His hands. Let’s take time to focus on how we are the same and May we remember that when one of us succeeds we all succeed because we are doing this life together.