Archive for September, 2016

Feel Good Friday

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It’s the weekend baby and although we should not be living for the weekend, it is always good to look forward to a break from the work week.  It has been a week of continued nationwide turmoil, political madness, tragic deaths in the sports world, and the normal stresses of daily life… but we made it!

With the climate of the culture being what it is, it is hard to find inspiration or things to find hope in, but as often happens, when you look for a silver lining there is one on the horizon.  Thanks to @PrinceEa for pointing out the continued flaws in our educational system and shedding light on the direction we all need to go.

To all the educators, please heed his message and act accordingly!  #BeInspired

 

My Country ‘Tis of Thee

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My country ’tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing; Land where my forefathers and brothers continue to die, land where it seems okay to kill a black man and still no answer to why, Yelling from the mountaintops, when will justice ring?

As yet another name, #TerenceCrutcher, has been added to the list of black males slaughtered at he hands of police officers, I cannot help but be enraged. When is enough enough!

We have seen terroristic attacks across American soil, as recent as a few days ago in Manhattan, and those suspects be treated more humanely than African-Americans. We have all seen the video of the Anglo man physically attacking the officers, disobeying their commands, verbally abusive, and yet he was still able to live. When did we revert back to yesteryear when black men were thought of as less than human, 3/5 human, or have I been fooling myself?

No matter the rhetoric, justification, or any suggested rationale, the fact remains, these people are dead! As Crutcher’s twin sister profoundly stated, using the depiction the helicopter officer foolishly uttered, “that bad dude was someone’s brother, someone’s son, someone’s uncle, he loved God…”

We have lost a sense of humanity and the divide between the “law” and the people widens by the second. America, if you, we, claim to be the greatest country, it is beyond time to start looking in the mirror. We have become a distorted, pathetic joke of everything we try to push on others and claim to stand for and trust me when I tell you the rest of the world is laughing at us in disgust. As I recently traveled abroad, I was put in a position to defend a country, my country, that thinks of me less than human, as I was asked question after question about the ignorance, disparity, cruel treatment, and malicious, deplorable inequalities and injustice that is so obvious to even those outside of the U.S.A.

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! And yet people continue to question why some have chosen not to stand during the national anthem? Many have not read Francis Scott Key’s original poem. It is only the first stanza that is used for the Star-Spangled Banner, but it is the last stanza that we need to remember.

O thus be it ever when freemen shall stand
Between their lov’d home and the war’s desolation!
Blest with vict’ry and peace may the heav’n rescued land
Praise the power that hath made and preserv’d us a nation!
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto – “In God is our trust,”
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

This is applicable to every man, woman, and child, so do not be shocked when its words become life and the “freemen” stand (or kneel) and take upon themselves the motto, “… then conquer we must, when our cause it is just, [and ONLY] in God our trust.”  Even the meekest and mildest of man has a breaking point and America, you are pushing us to a point of no return.

Motivational Mondays

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Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom.  Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power. ~ Tao Te Ching

There are things in this world that once obtained, can never be taken away – knowledge, purpose, and love to name a few.

Knowledge like power is harnessed by a desire to grow, expand, to live beyond circumstances and situations, and once you get a taste of it, it is invigorating and empowering.  Knowledge helps us not only on an intellectual plain, but also in our spiritual realm.  The more self aware you become, the more you learn about the psyche of others, and the more verse you become on multiple topics, the quicker and better you are at adapting and adjusting to the many twists of life.

Knowledge is the sibling of purpose, because as you begin to learn, you begin to discover and it is on this journey that purpose is revealed and realized!  Knowledge breeds passion and passion equates to purpose and purpose births love.  Love is the byproduct of purpose as it stems from those things we are most passionate about.

Love is the result of pursuing purpose and can never be taken away.  The misconception is that love fails or diminishes, but the truth of the matter is that love is an energy that shifts as we do.  Love is not necessarily for the recipient but all about the giver as it is a manifestation of an inward impulse.  It is spontaneous, unpredictable, consuming, liberating, and fulfilling and once given, it does the exact same for those that receive it!  Love is the end result we all desire no matter the pursuit.

There are also things in this world that cannot be taken back once squandered – time and words.

Time is one commodity that cannot be bought or sold, you cannot get a return on it or recycle it, and once gone, you will never see again.  Use the time you have to maximize the desires of your heart.  Time wasted is an opportunity unfulfilled, but time used properly is a bottomless well of gratitude and thankfulness.

In the same breath (pun intended), choose your words carefully.  Words can either build or destroy and it is a wise person who not only knows the difference, but also practices the principles.  Our words are sharp double-edged swords that can cut, defend, free, or keep in bondage ourselves and others.  A harsh word may be forgiven, but will surely not be forgotten.  A kind word will not be forgotten, but will also break down walls and free people from captivity.  It is a foolish man who uses words only to admonish, but it takes a wise man to let his words polish.

Hold tightly and guard those things that can never be taken away as they become roots of our tree that bear good fruit.  And likewise, consciously remain aware of not forfeiting what can never be regained, as they too reflect who we are and will become and the fruit we shall bear.

 

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