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The Zulu Personal Declaration

Updated on August 30, 2012


I am

I am woman

I am a beautiful and black woman

I am a loving woman

I am a strong yet sensitive woman

I am a loved woman

by my heavenly Father, an earthly father,

mother, sister, husband, daughter, and a son.

I am a fortunate woman.


I am

I am peeling life's hull piece by piece

Each piece I remove reveals something distinct

I am enhancing my techniques

in search of my hearts desire.

I am an aspiring author

with a deep soul to offer.


I am

I am blessed;

blessed to have the capability to advance myself.

I am

blessed to have the knowledge and ability to conquer what I desire.

I am blessed to have the strength to walk on through the fire.


I am

I am who I say I am,

capable of learning and of teaching.

I am continuously growing, evolving, and educating myself.

I contemplate myself, and the lives of others.

I sympathize with humankind to get a better understanding of my society's needs.

I am shaping a better future for all humanity.

Background Information

The Zulu Personal Declaration was or is a personal narrative that was used by the Zulu tribe of South Africa to encourage individuals of the village to find their true calling and work diligently to achieve and maintain a productive lifestyle. The poem in its original version is much longer, and it is still used in many schools today to help children hone in on their unique gifts. I would like to challenge my readers and followers to fill in the blank: I am ________. Be as truthful as possible with yourself when filling in these blanks so that you can learn to appreciate even more the roles you take on in life and their importance to you and those around you. Live, Love, Laugh!


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      Jayme Kinsey 4 years ago from Oklahoma

      This us beautiful. What a wonderful way to help children take pride in themselves and their capabilities. And a wonderful way for adults to remind themselves daily of all that they are. Sharing!

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      S Marie 5 years ago

      You better not really. I want to speechless and I want to express myself. I want to cover my mouth but then I can't. The word try to fail me but there is too much to say. Girl, this poem is phenomenal obviously like the woman who wrote it.