Ancient One



I’m ancient like an Egyptian pyramid, people come to me just to see what I think;
Drop jewels of knowledge and love, I’m the blueprint they used to build the Sphinx.
So ancient I flow like the river Nile, limitless, strong current, and covering vast territory;
When you thirst, take one sip from my waters and set your mind free as it’s overtaken with a splendid glory.
Stompin’ with the big dogs? Naw, a walked with the dinosaurs, earth’s first mighty creatures;
Before shepherds led sheep, I was the Creator’s preacher.
Molded from Aphrodite’s bosom and Hercules might, with the wings of Hermes, my soul took flight;
Conquered the perils of man, freed the captives, and sleighed the dragon so others could see the light.
I’m a titan amongst giants, call me Chronos Eros, the master of time and attraction;
As the world around you dissipates, I breathe new life into you and bring you that much closer to ultimate satisfaction.
Ancient you say? Sure, like an Aztec warrior, slaying enemies for centuries and still standing strong;
No mere mortal could have lasted so long.
Ancient like the stars in the sky, the planets in the universe, I am a solar system;
As you orbit around me, feel my gravitational pull, it is within my atmosphere you begin to listen.
You hear wisdom, pain, experience, love, lost, and tribulation;
You learn peace, happiness, thankfulness, and jubilation.
You pick up tools to overcome and succeed, tidbits to carry you on your way;
You learn the secrets of the ancient ones which is to cherish each and every day.
Ancient you call me and ancient I’ll be,
but when you are in my presence sit quiet and let the master speak.© ~ BrotherWord

Thankful Thursday – World Gratitude Day

Today is World Gratitude Day!  I am beyond excited to watch the world take a moment to express gratitude to each other.  We all often become consumed by the daily grind, trying to cram all we can into twenty-four hours and finding ourselves overwhelmed with deadlines, responsibilities, tasks, the whims of others, and our own personal needs.  Whew… that is a lot just thinking about it.  But today, let’s take a moment to just be grateful for the here and now, the sun rising, the roof over our head, the family and friends in our lives, the jobs we have, things as simple as the breathe in our lungs and the shining of the sun on our face.  You have often heard me say, The More You Think, The More You Thank© and especially on #WorldGratitudeDay, take the time to think about all the things you can be thankful for.

Here are a few quick and easy ways to celebrate World Gratitude Day… and every day:

1.)  Put on your favorite song this morning and sing along with it out loud and dance like there is no tomorrow.  You’ll be surprised how giddy you will feel and invigorating it is to be free and enjoying the moment.

2.) List {BrotherWord – Gratitude Day}10 things you are grateful for and write them out.  Do not over think it, but write the first ten things that come to mind.  After writing them out, place the list somewhere you can see it all day.  Writing your grateful items out will help you to realize the blessings in your life and viewing them throughout the day is a great reminder and anecdote if the day becomes a little hectic.

3.) Reach out to your circle and let them know how grateful you are for them.  It is nothing like being appreciated and acknowledged; it boosts the energy of the receiver and comforts the giver.  It is a kinetic enlightenment that is contagious and transformative.

4.) Do one thing for yourself today that you have been meaning to do and have been putting off.  Nothing major, just a simple gesture.  Start reading that book, go to the gym, cook that dish, call that friend you have been meaning to check on, take a bubble bath, simply take a moment to pamper yourself and accomplish a personal goal.  Take a quiet moment to read and reflect on a devotional or meditate in silence concentrating on your breathing as you inhale and exhale and calming your inner being.  Being grateful also means caring for yourself and embracing life to the fullest, even in the simplest of ways.

5.) Touch someone in the community and remind them too that there are many things which we can be grateful for.  Especially in light of the recent hurricanes, Harvey, Irma, and now Maria, many are still suffering and recovering, and any ray of hope and happiness can do a wonder of good.  Share your gratitude by helping those in need, volunteering at a shelter or food bank, helping clean a home or neighborhood, or just being kind to a complete stranger for nothing more than the sake of being kind.  FYI: Hugs and thank yous can lift the spirit in unbelievable ways.

Hopefully these ideas will help you to celebrate World Gratitude Day and start great habits for everyday.  A grateful heart is one that remembers and celebrates, it heals and consoles, and is thankful for it all.  Be Great-Full Today!

Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others. ~ Cicero

Be The Change

As I sat here reading the Jemele Hill story and the mounds of equal support and backlash, I couldn’t help but wonder where will this latest public outcry lead to. Let me say this and be very clear, I agree with her statement! What has been demonstrated from the oval office, the highest seat and authority in our country is deplorable and equally laughable. Our most covenant hierarchy has been made into a mockery of disrespect, hatred, and ill will that even the staunchest of constituents cannot deny. And even with that truth, I wish she would have not said it in social media or publicly.

She has every right to voice her thoughts, beliefs, and opinions, but I also feel she has a unique responsibility to use her words to build and uplift and not continue the same rhetoric and perpetuate that very hate and bigotry she is speaking against. I am not a fan of her pundits, but I agree when they say if someone would have made a statement like this against Obama, all hell would have broke loose and heads would have rolled. She has a platform and a powerful voice, and as such, I wish it would have been used to build and not continue to waddle in muddy waters where there is no escape. As true as her statement is and I agree she is right, it does not and will not change the person it is aimed it, the followers who believe in the same backward and shall I see I say, evil doctrine, or those who choose to turn a blind eye and pretend it does not exist.

My hope is for those that are fighting for change, that they educate others who are seeking knowledge and want to understand on a higher plain that differences do not equate to separatism, that opinions do not mean right or wrong, that ethnicity, race, class, gender, sexual orientation, political affiliation, or anything that is deemed to be less than, makes one person superior than the other! That at the end of the day, we are all human beings created to love and be loved! My sincerest hope is that those with a platform concentrate on being a voice for freedom and equality. You cannot change hate with hate.

And for those that believe politics and sports shouldn’t mix, they are the same ones who think church and state are different beasts too. Until we all understand that we are all connected in a woven paradigm that shifts and ebb and flows and we begin working on solutions and not staying stuck in the mundane, superficial, and irrelevant, we will continue the same patterns. If people acknowledged and stood up against the hatred and bigotry to begin with, we wouldn’t be having this conversation now. And as long as we continue to have the same discourse, we will never move past it. It’s beyond time for new dialogue and rhetoric. Time to move forward and to be the change we want to see.

Be the CHANGE you want to see in the world! Today, choose to show love, to be a little more understanding, to forgive and move forward, to be an example of what you seek the world to mirror. If each individual moves in this direction, imagine the ripple effect that could create. In no way am I discrediting or distancing myself from Jemele Hill either. She is a stalwart for the African-American, female, AND journalistic communities and someone I admire and thoroughly enjoy her commentary. I am just ready for the voices of the people to sway the dialogue to solution-based conversations and not continue to perpetuate what has already been done. We learn from the past and then we do what needs to be done to correct where possible and never repeat again.

Dan Abnett is quoted as saying, “I know that words cannot move mountains, but they can move the multitude – we’ve proven that time and time again. People are more ready to fight and die for a word than for anything else. Words shape thought, stir feeling, and force action. They kill and revive, corrupt and cure.” I would say he is mostly right. Words can move mountains and the right words delivered to the right persons in the right way and embolden them to move any mountain, whether it be physical, mental, political, or spiritual. Words are the weapons of the masses and how you use them, will determine not only how you are perceived, but also how you impact others. Jemele is a voice of the people and now is the time to move the people in a new direction; it is time to BE THE CHANGE!

Motivational Monday

How many of us can attest to going through a storm, to being on the brink of no return, to being so overwhelmed with the weight of the world, you have lost all hope?  As all of Houston and the surrounding areas continue to be pummeled by #HurricaneHarvey, I can imagine many people have begun to lose hope and worse, some have given up.  But even in the storm, there is still reason to believe it will all work out.

It seems easy to weather the storm (pun intended) when you are not the one going through it, but as I am literally and currently dealing with the fallout of the hurricane devastating Houston, I promise you, easy is not the first thing that comes to mind.  Not to mention as a native #NewOrleanian on the eve of #Katrina, this is far from an easy time.  The memories of all that was lost during Katrina, the lives that were forever changed, and now watching it happen all over again in Houston is a painful reminder of how fleeing and fickle life can truly become.  

But what does come to mind during this ordeal is the story of Jonah and the whale, for more reasons than the obvious.  Jonah ran from what he was purposed to do, denied who he was, became disobedient and indignant, and caused himself to be a much dire situation.  When we think we know it all, fail to accept who we are and what we are supposed to do, become stubborn and impervious to reality, we often find ourselves in unfamiliar territory with little hope and less of a chance for recovery.  And here is where Jonah found himself.  But I have great news… this is not where the story ends.

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Motivational Monday

Ecclesiastes 3:1 There is a season (a time appointed) for everything and a time for every delight and event or purpose under heaven…

Did you know you were appointed and anointed specifically and intentionally just for this season?  It was on purpose, for a purpose and with purpose that God saw fit to give you this task.  It was not by accident or coincidence that you find yourself in this place and at this time.  This is your assignment!

When you have been appointed, that means someone (Christ) has decided beforehand that you were the right person for the job.  You were designated to fulfill the purpose.  And if Christ decided beforehand that you were the candidate for the job, rest assured that He went ahead and removed any obstacles, put the necessary people in place to assist you, and provided you with all the tools and provisions needed to accomplish the goal!  Those that are appointed have already been equipped and furnished with all they need and given gifts and talents they have yet to discover. 

A new Supreme Court Justice is appointed by the President and goes through a vetting process conducted by the Senate before being confirmed and officially taking a seat on the Supreme Court.  But isn’t it good news to know that once God appoints you, you have already been found acceptable and more than capable of fulfilling the duties of your assignment! 

Not only have you been appointed, but you have also been anointed.  That simply means you have been marked, nominated, conferred, given the seal of approval, because when God appointed you, He most definitely anointed you!  “He anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.” 2 Corinthians 1:21-22.  God set you apart, specially and wonderfully made for just this reason.  Everything God does is on purpose, there is not one wasted act, and what He does is with a purpose in mind – to grow His people so that they may in turn reach someone else. 

As the scripture reads, God “guaranteed what is to come,” so He knew ahead of time exactly where you would be at this moment in life.  Knowing the end before the beginning, He appointed you anyway, called you by name, and consecrated you, anointing you to be blessed and be a blessing to others.  So the next time you are wondering, “why me,” just remember that this is your designated time and you have been chosen to see it through, but the path has already been searched and cleared and you have been given every resource needed to succeed!

Happy Mother’s Day

 

Proverbs 31: 25-30 Strength and dignity are her clothing and her position is strong and secure; And she smiles at the future [knowing that she and her family are prepared]. She opens her mouth in [skillful and godly] wisdom, And the teaching of kindness is on her tongue [giving counsel and instruction]. She looks well to how things go in her household, And does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children rise up and call her blessed (happy, prosperous, to be admired); Her husband also, and he praises her, saying, “Many daughters have done nobly, and well [with the strength of character that is steadfast in goodness], But you excel them all.” Charm and grace are deceptive, and [superficial] beauty is vain, But a woman who fears the Lord [reverently worshiping, obeying, serving, and trusting Him with awe-filled respect], she shall be praised.

I do not know anything that is more precious than a Mother.  The giver and sustainer of life, she nourishes the body and soul, a pillar of strength and humility, Mother is the only one who can soothe the hurt, ease the pain, impart wisdom, and encourage you to chase your dreams simultaneously.  

Mother is a rare breed and unique calling and those that are so blessed sacrifice much and receive far too little praise.  She is guided by faith, cloaked in honor, her influence transcends time and space, a humble spirit never seeking accolades or recognition, and her greatest success is to see her children blessed.  Mothers have a special gift and can literally bring heaven to earth!

Today and every day, I am so thankful for my very own Mother whom I adore and cherish and has shown me what love looks like.  A quiet woman with an unyielding will, my Mother has exemplified a Godly Mother in more ways than one and for that, I am earthly thankful and eternally blessed.  And to my Angel Mother, my Mother-In-Law… if only I could thank you for the blessing of my wife and all you have given me from Heaven above.  Thank you for loving me enough to orchestrate this union.  I can never express enough the love I have for you and all you mean to me.  To my Grandmothers, thank you for being the rocks of our family and for demonstrating the power of a praying woman!  Because of you I now know what the fervent prayer of a righteous person looks like.  Thank you keeping me safe even when I strayed.  To my aunts, godmothers, and every mother-figure that has poured into my life and loved me as their own, thank you.  I am who I am because of you and the sacrifices you have made, the love you have shown, and the wisdom you have instilled.  

Happy Mother’s Day to you ALL!

Definitely… Without a shadow of a doubt… 100% bonafide and true, God blessed us all when He made you

God took a look at His masterpiece, broke the mold and threw out the design

Said to Himself, this is beauty personified, magnificence divine

Delighted in His work, He breathe life into you and said go shine…  ©BrotherWord

Looking In the Rearview

“Do not remember the former things, Or ponder the things of the past. “Listen carefully, I am about to do a new thing, Now it will spring forth; Will you not be aware of it? I will even put a road in the wilderness, Rivers in the desert. ~ Isaiah 43:18-19 AMP

If you are looking in the rear view mirror, you are doing one of 3 things: (a.) Fearing whatever demons are chasing you; (b.) Dwelling on past mistakes or failures; (c.) Or admiring yourself and present situation.  Either way, you cannot and will not move forward by looking at what is behind you!

If you are fearing whatever is chasing you, you have yet to activate your faith and let whatever devil in hell know that God is GREATER than any problem and His power surmounts and surpasses any perceived fear.  When you walk in that knowledge, is there anything to be afraid of?  What weapon can bring you harm?

If you are still dwelling on the past, forgive yourself because God already has!  We are human, we will fall short and make mistakes, but we do not have to stay there.  Mistakes are only building blocks to become better and stronger.  We fall so that we learn how to get back up.  The past is just that… the past.

If you are admiring yourself in the mirror, you have become stagnant and have shined a light on yourself that will dim.  Life is ever evolving and you have to as well.  Do not become too enamored or full of self.  Life has a way of humbling us all and when we become too fixated on current accolades and allure, we inevitably come crashing down in a horrific fashion. 

It may seem cliché, but when you view life through your “windshield,” you realize how vast the possibilities become and how much road there is yet to travel.  Looking through the “rearview” only reveals a limited, close, and very small part of life.  Albeit important to know our history, learn from our past, none of us has to live in the days of old.  Each waking day is a new opportunity to travel to unknown places physically and metaphorically speaking.  Wherever we will allow our mind to travel, forward or in reverse, so will the rest of us, body, spirit, emotions, etc., follow.

And we can only see so far ahead. Looking ahead is exciting and adventurous, but even the keenest eye can only see so far in front of them.  The premise is to move forward, excited about what is ahead, but to enjoy the journey on the way.  Learn from the past and become stronger and wiser because of it.  Plan and be purposeful for the future, but do not rush it or be in haste.  The past is already done, the future will take care of itself, and the present provides its own roads to traverse.  Safe travels my friends!

“See, when you drive home today, you’ve got a big windshield on the front of your car. And you’ve got a little bitty rearview mirror.  And the reason the windshield is so large and the rearview mirror is so small is because what’s happened in your past is not near as important as what’s in your future.” ~ Joel Osteen

The past is like using your rear-view mirror in the car, it’s good to glance back and see how far you’ve come, but if you stare too long you’ll miss what’s right in front of you… ~ Unknown

 

 

 

 

Motivational Monday

Always remember who you and whose you are no matter if the world tries to tell you otherwise or people attempt to persuade you differently.  You have been wonderfully made, specifically purposed, and uniquely created.  Who you are may evolve as the days pass along and life takes on new meaning, but your core essence will always remain.  Whose you are, that will never change.

A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches… Proverbs 22:1; A good name is better than precious ointment… Ecclesiastes 7:1; … and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.  Isaiah 9:6

“What’s in a name?  That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” ~ William Shakespeare  None of us chose our parents, but one way or another, no matter how you slice it, they chose us.  When they chose us, they also gave us a name – who we are.  Our name identified us to others and to ourselves.  Our name became a marker of who we are and made us accountable to everyone who preceded us and responsible to all that followed.  We have our given name and our surname, the one we inherited as part of the family.  As we carry our name, we also carry the legacy of our families and try to preserve what is best and build for the next generation.  Who we are is the byproduct of the past, present, and future and despite what hell the world may throw in your direction, who you are will always be just as sweet.

But whose we are, that is a completely different notion.  We were chosen at birth by Christ and as a child of His, it is cemented whose we are.

You have not chosen Me, but I have chosen you and I have appointed and placed and purposefully planted you, so that you would go and bear fruit and keep on bearing, and that your fruit will remain and be lasting, so that whatever you ask of the Father in My name [as My representative] He may give to you.  John 15:16 (AMP)

Whose we are is a direct correlation of our relationship with Christ and in order to have a relationship, you have to be in relation to the One who first chose you.  Being in relation helps to clearly define matters as well, because when you truly know whose you are, the perils of life are not that daunting.  When you know whose you are and stand firmly in that knowledge, you pray instead of panic, rejoice instead of regret, celebrate instead of criticize, worship instead of worry, knowing that all things are working together for your good and if it happened, God allowed it, and you will be the better because of it!  Because we know whose we are, we have a level of trust and belief that surpasses all understanding and even in the midst of chaos and mayhem, we can still look to the hills and smile, knowing He that first chose us, is already fighting our battles.

Remember who you are can be found in your given and inherited name and when combined with whose you are, you become an unstoppable force.  Just as God changed Abram’s name to Abraham, “father of many,” and changed Sarai’s name to Sarah, “mother of nations,” He too has designed a destiny for you too. 

Remember whose child you are.  You’re a chosen vessel, created for good works.  You’re holy and acceptable to the Lord.  You have not chosen Christ, but He has chosen you with everlasting love.  Remember whose you are.  You’re the child of the Most High God.  A citizen of the kingdom of God, an ambassador for Christ with diplomatic immunity.  Walk in the abundance of God’s grace, power, and privilege through Christ Jesus. ~ Buky Ojelab

 

Feel Good Friday #FGF

 

Sometimes doing right just to do right is its own reward.  Educators work tirelessly daily and oftentimes without recognition or without a mere thank you or sign of appreciation, but it goes without question that most educators are not in it for the kudos and pats on the back, but to see their students achieve their dreams and become all that they desire.  Today’s #FGF is dedicated to #SummitAcademy in Brooklyn, NY.

Principal Cheryl Swift epitomizes and educators creed and what she and her staff have done for their students needs to be applauded and recognized.  I’ll let you watch for yourself, but thank you to #ElenDeGeneres and #WalMart for going above and beyond and for helping to not only make dreams come true, but to change lives forever.  See for yourself!  I think I have some dust in my eye…

 

Anything is Possible

Disclaimer:  I did not vote for the President-Elect nor am I in favor of the new regime entering the White House or being appointed to create policy and make decisions that will ultimately and drastically change the landscape of our country.  Please read this with that in mind and feel free to comment AFTER you have read it in its entirety.

Today is a day that will for sure will go down in all of history and will be a worldwide spectacle in more ways than one.  Some will cheer in jubilation, while others will watch in disdain and disbelief.  But no matter what side of the fence you stand on, every last person can agree that anything is possible.

Eight years ago the United of States of America witnessed history in the making as @BarackObama was elected as the first African-American President.  On a platform centered on “hope,” President Obama galvanized a splintered society and rallied the masses by literally giving hope to the forgotten, disenfranchised, broken, poor, unpopular and found a way to bridge the gap between the “well-off” and the “I just want a fair chance.”  Hope may be a slogan on a bumper sticker to some, but it is a lifeline of last resort to others.  Without hope, I shutter to think where we may be or where we are headed.  (more…)

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