Tuesday, October 9, 2018

"Luke Cage" Season 2 Offers the Best Wellness Advice

I can't tell you how happy I am the second season of "Luke Cage" is out on Netflix. This season is drenched in black culture ... from the African American College Alliance hoodie Luke's wearing in the very first scene of the first episode,
to the hip hop always blasting in his earbuds, to the Walter Mosley book that he was reading at on Claire's couch.

One of the many things the show got right about black culture is the superwoman complex that women of color typically have.

It also gives some really great advice to get us centered and balanced so we can keep on doing good.

So here's how it plays out...

OK Luke Cage! We see you getting your black lit on!

Claire, Luke's girlfriend, is definitely afflicted with super woman syndrome. She knows her man becoming consumed by the very same violence he's trying to fight, and she wants to save him. She's pouring everything she's got into guiding Luke, but he's not heeding that advice.

Claire's got her cape on when she meets with Luke's estranged father   --a pastor -- behind his back. She's pumping him for information when he flips the script on her.  He asks her, what's your purpose? When she looks confused, he explains how can you help Luke find his purpose if you can't state yours?'

Boom. See that's our problem...  We're so focused other's well being that sometimes we don't see how
our own health is hurting.

Luke 's father then quotes Proverbs 20:5 which says "Counsel in the heart of man is like deep waters, but a man of understanding will draw it out" and tells Claire you can't save someone from drowning unless you have on your life jacket on.

What I got out of that scene was the importance of self care. When we're eating right, exercising and staying prayed up, we're better equipped to draw out the problems troubling our spouse, our children, our friends and offer a helping hand.

Think about it: you can't save someone from drowning, if you're drowning too.

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