As I close my eyes and drift away to a land where there is love, health, peace and blessings. I wanted to take the time to think and reflect.
The truth is that the other day I realized that when an account to a website expires, one is taken to a webpage that is totally disassociated with what one created. So finally finding some time, I decided to correct this. As I was doing so, I looked over the website and realized that I also needed to make some edits. The fact that I do need to edit this site made me think deeper about us - who we are as humans. Even when we think that there has been no growth, or the slow processes of growth, we eventually do attain / achieve. Sort of like social innovation, growth, development, or any goal that requires time and commitment. Sometimes reflecting back is all it takes.
I specifically began to think critically about my research interests. What was my focus previously as is listed on the website. Are my interests similar, changed or just some additions? This was and is a critical question. Because just as one starts a business or any endeavour, we have to be selective with a focus, or focuses. Especially as the focus requires time investment, strength and attention. This thought does not mean that one can't have related interests, or interests / hobbies that are directly / indirectly attached to what one is researching. But most importantly the research interests have to matter to the researcher. Meaning that the interest, passion, is what drives the purpose. But we can add additional elements to the passion, interest, purpose, such as practicality. How would research serve to practice?
These are important questions and ones that do need to be revisited occasionally, and for me it was the visiting of the website that led me to these very thoughts. But even as our questions or interests are shaped, it never really means that the queries have helped to solve a societal problem or not. This is the beauty of research we could say, in some sort of ironic way. Because we want to learn about human beings, as shifts occur and society progresses with growth and so on. It is also from points such as these we are led to look at histories, uncover histories. Histories that have been silenced, covered-up. Sort of like modern day media, that can easily shift our attentions.
Histories are important to know and understand, especially as to how we got to where we are at present day. I never really thought about any upset associated with the uncovering of histories, until I came across the following:
"Latino history has the potential to upset what we think we know about the United States and Latin America." (2010)
As I reflected upon this thought, I decided that danger / upsets just evokes fear. It's more about thinking of the capabilities of historical truths, and how these can shape and continuously improve the course of histories today and tomorrow.
Website Notice: Please note that our website Committed To Love does require some editing, I would also like to add that I was very excited to create this initiative, which I have not been able to give my attention to due to the many health / life challenges that I have experienced recently, which I am sure readers are aware of. For more information about me, please visit the following site: With Love and Kindness.
Reference: Adrian Burgos, Donna Gabaccia, María Cristina García, Matthew Garcia, Kelly Lytle Hernández, Jesse Hoffnung-Garskof, María E. Montoya, George J. Sánchez, Virginia Sánchez Korrol, Paul Spickard, Latino History: An Interchange on Present Realities and Future Prospects, Journal of American History, Volume 97, Issue 2, September 2010, Pages 424–463, https://doi.org/10.1093/jahist/97.2.424