December 7, 2021

Sit With Faith

As Americans we allow and rely on external motivations to guide our lives. Undocumented immigrants, by virtue of leaving their loved ones, customs and possibly losing their lives in the process, sit in a space of faith with their decision to migrate. At times that is all they have. They put one foot in front of the other and have faith that their journey and destiny does not belong to them. They surrender it to someone, or something, bigger than themselves. That kind of faith can help anyone purge himself or herself of the paralyzing reality of fear.

Changing the word impossible to possible.

Envelope Filial Piety

Derived from a Chinese ideology, filial piety means to have respect for your parents and family elders. Undocumented children are perhaps the biggest teachers of this lesson. They fiercely work at bettering themselves and their circumstances, particularly via education, to honor their parents’ sacrifices. By extension, the act declares that you are respectful, loyal and dutiful. It shows that you in turn can have the same reverence for your friends, loved ones and country.

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About The Author

José is the Executive Director of GRIOT Circle, the only staffed non-profit organization in the country that provides social services to LGBTQ elders of color. José is a Certified Life and Empowerment Coach and a trained psychotherapist. As his writing angles are diverse, he often writes about personal development and growth. His most recent book, which he co-authored, The Happy Law Practice: Strategies to Build Business While Maintaining Peace of Mind, can be found on Amazon. José holds a bachelor’s in Psychology from the University at Albany, an MA in Education and Human Development with a concentration in Community Counseling from The George Washington University, an Advanced Certificate in Executive Leadership and Non Profit Management from NYU and received his Certification as a Professional Life Coach from The Institute from Professional Excellence in Coaching.

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