The Theme of The Week Is Humility
“Being humble means recognizing that we are not on earth to see how important we can become, but to see how much difference we can make in the lives of others.” — Gordon B. Hinckley
Peace and Love Bums!
Welcome to Earth To Bambzi! If you are new here, I am Bambzi Ellis! I am a content writer that writes about writing, television, movies and I write short fiction of my own. Most importantly, we write unapologetically here; I’d love for you to stick around.
Let’s check in? How was your week?: Did you drink enough water today? Have you finished those errands? Finally confronted that one friend that’s crossing your boundaries?
Better yet, have you caught up with content?
Let’s Catch Up!
This week: September 1st marks the 11th anniversary of Bambzi Ellis on Medium!
On Wednesday, September 1st, I reached the milestone of 11 months on Medium. On the homestretch to one year. Still having as much fun as day one.
I wrote a little article about what I’ve done in these eleven months. If you want to read that, you can click here.
The next post is an original Medium short story. This would mean that anything I share with the sub-headline will only be posted on Medium, no where else. I’ve been working on for a few days. Its special to me because it isn’t just some story that I pinched out of the frontal cortex of my brain for the sake of content. It had been something I wanted to share with someone, anyone for a long time.
It’s called Willows. For a girl I knew. For background she was a girl I knew when I was very young. Four years old. I was a very observant four year old and I knew a bit about things I shouldn’t have around that time. Not that it would be situations that occurred to me. But it would be friends, family or what I would see outside of my house.
Her story in particular bothered me, because she was someone not many people remembered. Everyone I asked made me feel like I was completely making her up.
How do you make up someone people have interacted with? And I allowed myself to forget her for some time. Now it’s like a cold case that eats away at me somedays. I blame it on my need for conclusions.
I want to thank everyone who follows me for the support and sticking by me. I know I am a mess. Storytelling have become a passion for me like starting a new affair. I fell in love with the art again. And this time, I’m taking my time with my stories.
If you’ve clapped for any of my works of fiction. Thank you. You are loved and appreciated. And my gratitude goes to you. Always.
Now Let’s Get into the thick of this weeks theme: Humility.
There is Always Room For Improvement
“Be curious; Always question the wheres, whats, when and whys. And when it comes down to taking a chance to take action…you must try.”
Life is an endless do before you die list.
Humility is really important because it keeps you fresh and new. -Steven Tyler
Steven Tyler said humility is really important because it keeps you fresh and new. I completely agree.
There’s so many things to learn. So many sights to see. Don’t live your life closing your mind to the potential of being a better version of yourself everyday.
There’s no fun in that. There’s no growth in that mindset.
I wasn’t really sure about what story I would have to share this week; about how I came up with the word humility.
In truth, this week made me realize I was getting a little arrogant. Dismissive and unwilling to compromise. I get like that sometimes. There’s no excuse however. So what does this have to do with humility?
Let’s think of the word, humility:
Humility’s definition is a modest or low view of one’s own importance; humbleness. Or laments terms, the quality of one that is humble.
The other day, I was scrolling through Twitter(Which, if you’re not following me there, you should do it now! @ bambziellis) and I came across a well known author’s retweet.
The author’s name is Roseanne A. Brown; you may know her as the author of A Song of Wraiths and Ruin.
The photo showed a selection of books on a Barnes and Noble shelf curated with Black Sci-fi and Fantasy, her book included. I thought it was really dope.
She also said something along the lines of not believing that she was one of the people included in the line up of her peers that she initially admired and now her work is surrounded by.
Seeing the tweet was a highlight to my day, because all I could think about reading the encouraging threads is, “She did this, to show girls like me that we can do it too.” And as someone who is currently writing a novel, I want to be the same for little black girls and boys when my turn comes.
Shang Chi just released in theaters this week. Simu Liu, who stars as the titular hero in the film, states in interviews that he’s happy that he could be the Asian representation in the superhero world that he didn’t get to have when he was younger.
My heart is full from seeing the joy Asians have for this film. It’s the same energy that was felt around the world the release day for Black Panther.
Brown and Liu aren’t just practicing their craft and showing the world for their own gain. They are doing it for others. For people who have been taught in their day and generation that they couldn’t fill the shoes that they are filling this day. That in order to have a successful book, or be a huge box office killing Marvel star you had to be white.
It’s humbling to watch them speak on how proud they are to represent their communities.
When you’re at the top, it is very easy to lose your sense of humility. But these two artists are heavy reminders of what and who we should practice our crafts for. We all have a personal agenda correct; But we should also remember who’s watching. Naturally, when creating a path for yourself, you have also paved a journey for other as a leader.
I have my days when I feel like giving up. Giving in to my exhaustion of the rejections and the feelings that no matter what, I only have to think of myself in this industry.
I couldn’t let myself give into the narrative. Someone could be reading my work and think to themselves, “Okay this is a really strange girl but I appreciate her image on the internet. I could do that too.”
There’s nothing more warming than community. And I hope, whoever decides to tune in to my rambles and stories of this week, that you’ve found yourself comfortable in this community.
Nothing could make me happier.
And for Simu Liu and Roseanne A Brown, thank you for being the natural leaders you are.
And The Q’s
What are some humbling moments you’ve had this week?
What books are you reading relating to humility, and
Who are some people that have inspired you to pursue your craft?
I would love to see you guys stories! If you are a subscriber thank you thank you thank you from the bottom of my heart! Please share Earth To Bambzi with your friends, family coworkers, whomever!
And until then, Peace and Love Bums!
See you next week!
Have more humility. Remember you don’t know the limits of your own abilities. Successful or not, if you keep pushing beyond yourself, you will enrich your own life — and maybe even please a few strangers.
— A.L. Kennedy