Dear Son,

A MAN'S IDENTITY | A DSN SERIES | PT 3 OF 4 #manhood #vulnerability #purpose

May 10, 2023

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The journey of manhood is nuanced. We are often called to be everything to everyone at the expense of knowing our purpose and identity. Some would argue that those concepts are interchangeable, and yes, they are similar; however, they are not the same. 

In this series launch, we assembled 16 panelists, men from varying walks of life, to discuss what some might consider a very simply defined word, identity. We learned very quickly that while everyone understood the assignment, there wasn't necessarily one correct answer. Nerves aside, every panelist provided context with transparency to push the conversation forward. Each panelist (and event participant) left in a better condition than when they arrived. 

This conversation focused on who God is to the panelists and how their relationships with Him impact their identities. Their experiences are distinctly different, yet they all found themselves in submission to His will through extreme adversities (an incarcerated father, the near loss of a child at the hands of violence, significant loss of professional prominence, and hitting rock bottom). As Reggie George mentioned, "adversity introduces a man to himself." In kind, the Dear Son, Network presents these stories to you. 

We ate, we drank, and we celebrated each other. It was (and still is) powerful. I sincerely pray that this series is a blessing to you and your circle. Let it be a life prompt that facilitates necessary conversations with those you love. Be sure to engage in the comments section As always, I welcome your feedback and perspective. It takes a village.

Salute to Love's Luxe Event Styling and Della's Lunchbox for upgrading the environment. The space was styled beautifully, and the food was top tier. (links below).

#fatherhood #healingjourney #accountable #blackfathers #fatherandson #blackexcellence #affirmation #confirmation #identity 

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