Dr. Shawn Ricks posted Aug 15, 2018 - Yes! Magazine
We are paying for this myth we’ve bought into with our lives.
I never saw my grandmother rest. From morning to night, she appeared to be in service: cooking and cleaning, helping and caring for others.
She died of a heart attack at 69.
As I reflect today on the high rates of heart disease, stress, obesity, and other physical as well as mental ailments among African American women, I wonder what would have been the impact had she said, “I ain’t cooking tonight, everybody is on their own,” or “I’m headed out for a walk,” or simply, “I’m tired, and I need to rest.” What messages might I have inferred from watching her take 15 minutes of quiet time in the morning to “get centered.”