Archive for January, 2017
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…)
“I have decided to stick with love…Hate is too great a burden to bear.” ~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Today brings a wealth of pride and equally, a tremendous amount of sorrow. In a world where hatred and discontent is spewed with such ease and venom, I can only imagine Dr. King weeping outwardly wondering how so much of his efforts have dissipated. I shutter to think what he would say, but imagine it would be something like this.
“Now there is a final reason I think that Jesus says, “Love your enemies.” It is this: that love has within it a redemptive power. And there is a power there that eventually transforms individuals. Just keep being friendly to that person. Just keep loving them, and they can’t stand it too long. Oh, they react in many ways in the beginning. They react with guilt feelings, and sometimes they’ll hate you a little more at that transition period, but just keep loving them. And by the power of your love they will break down under the load. That’s love, you see. It is redemptive, and this is why Jesus says love. There’s something about love that builds up and is creative. There is something about hate that tears down and is destructive. So love your enemies. ~
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
As a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., following in the steps of Brother King takes an even deeper meaning and the legacy he left behind, we each strive to emulate and hold high daily. As Dr. King continue to reiterate, life is not about who we are, but what we do with the life we have. If you are still trying to figure out your purpose, need a little motivation, or caught up in self, take time to listen to the powerful speech below. Greatness lies in a willingness to serve, not be recognized, but to give, not receive.
Thank you Martin Luther King, Jr.!
Sacrifice is not without sorrow, but greater are the promises of tomorrow. ~ BrotherWord
Excellence, distinguished, dignified, eminent are all characteristics that would be apropos to describe our President, @BarackObama, but humble, serene, sympathetic, cerebral, strategist, husband, father, and ultimate leader, would suffice just as equally. While many may have cheered his departure from the White House, many more mourned that he would no longer preside from the oval office.
Looking back over the past eight years, it is easy to say that no civic leader or politician, let alone the President of the United States, has been vilified to such an extent. Attacked moreso for anything and everything other than policy and presidential duties, we had a firsthand and up close view of what it means to not “stoop to their level” and “forgive them in spite of.” Not sure how many of us could withstand such a barrage, especially eight years of ridicule, racism, and cruel and ugly rhetoric, but this man not only handled it, he rose above it and shined through it.
Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good deeds and moral excellence, and [recognize and honor and] glorify your Father who is in heaven. (Matthew 5:16 AMP). Watching the farewell speech, we had one final, public glance of grace and prestige. We saw a man of the people despite some of the people literally cursing his name and disparaging his character still championing hope and unity. Never once did President Obama look down on the less than, crucify the accuser, or hold himself on a pedestal. He has been and continues to be a man of the people, all people, no matter they supported him or not.
I cannot speak for anyone else, but I am saddened that hope is leaving the White House and the polar opposite is entering. I understand wholeheartedly why many wept watching the farewell speech and why so many feel hope is a delusion and forgone conclusion. But as President Obama so eloquently stated in his last speech as Commander-In-Chief, “It falls to each of us to be those anxious, jealous guardians of our democracy; to embrace the joyous task we’ve been given to continually try to improve this great nation of ours. Because for all our outward differences, we all share the same proud title: Citizen.”
Thank you President Barack Obama for all you sacrificed, the bridges you built, the hope you inspired, the legacy you cemented, and for showing us all that it is possible to love your family and lead with equal passion and superb excellence. Please take time to watch the farewell speech and listen to the tribute by @JoeyGallant. Both will stir in you all that is beautiful in America!
It is amazing the super strength one can momentarily garner in a time of desperation. What is even more remarkable is the bond between siblings, especially twins. Unless you are a twin yourself, it is hard to understand the psychic link they share and how it correlates to an otherworldly connection. Having the privilege to watch twin boys and girls interact often (nephews and nieces), I am amazed often how they are immersed in a thought, language, and reality all to themselves that no one else is privy to. #Twinning is real!
The story in the video below is a prime example of #WonderTwinPower as we all get a chance to witness the loyalty and brotherhood between #BowdyAndBrock. Even at two years old, their special link is unquestionable. Neither brother suffered any harm, not even a scratch. We can all be someone’s hero no matter how big or small the feat… and they don’t have to be your twin to come to their rescue.
As a #NewYear dawns on us, so does new hopes, aspirations, and resolutions. With each comes an invigorated spirit of excitement and dedication, but unfortunately by early February, many of us have loss enthusiasm or completely abandoned the plan. Thinking of what I hope to accomplish to do this year, I must say I have an aggressive list of things I would like to accomplish and although each is very achievable, it will require discipline, proper time management, and continued prayer.
No matter what resolution or promise you have made to yourself or others, remember each day is its own opportunity. Start small and work toward the big stuff. You did not gain that weight overnight, nor will you lose it overnight; it took longer than a week to accumulate the clutter in the house, so do not think you will blink your eyes and it will disappear either. Obtaining goals are more about the process than it is the timeframe. Anything that is done consistently becomes habit and habits become building blocks.
Focus on building good habits and watch the #ToDoList check itself off. And if you are having a hard time figuring out where to start, please take a moment to look over #30ThingsYouMightWantToStartDoingForYourself by Darryl Ricardo Matthews, Sr – @32ndGP. With any endeavor, it is always good to begin within and these 30 reminders are essential building blocks to life goals!
No matter what this year holds, do not lose hope and do not give up. Remember each day may bring its own obstacles, but it also presents new opportunities. (more…)