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Feel Good Fridays

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It’s #FGF – Feel Good Friday – and this is the #GraduationEdition!  #BrotherWord is giving you a double dose of the feel good.  Each year hundreds of high school seniors prepare to walk the stage, receive their diplomas, and embark on a new phase of life.  And as common as graduation ceremonies may seem, it is the bright futures and amazing individuals who we will continue to applaud and celebrate.

First up is Boston Latin High School senior, Phillip Sossou.  Students are remembered for a myriad of reasons, some good, some bad, but there are certain students who carve out their own legacies, or in this case, draw them.  Sossou wanted to make sure that each of his classmates was remembered and at the beginning of the year he began memorializing all 411 in charcoal portraits!  His art teacher did not think it was possible but before the last day for the seniors, he displayed his beautiful portraits of all his classmates for the entire school to admire.  A school marred earlier in the year by racial tensions, Phillip Sossou used his talents to mend the fences, bring all together, and leave a lasting smile.  Watch the video to see more about this amazing #ClassOf2016 graduate.

Our next Feel Good Friday comes from senior Kevuntez King, a three-sport athlete who graduated with a 4.0 GPA and has already earned enough to pay for his entire college education!  The senior from Memphis, TN., spent the last five years waking up at 3:45am to sell newspapers.  His dedication proved more than fruitful as he has earned enough to pay for his entire college education.  Aside from graduating with honors, King epitomizes what it means when drive and dedication result in the manifestation of of our dreams coming true and that is the message he expressed to all his classmates, “Just chase your dreams.”  Already accepted into Tennessee State University, King is not resting on his laurels, but staying true to what got him to where he is now and beginning his college career this summer.

We applaud all the graduates of 2016.  Never stop chasing your dreams, keep striving for greatness, and no matter what, believe in the impossible!

 

Motivational Monday

As we embark on a new year it is time to start creating the destiny we seek.  Life provides the opportunities, but it is up to us to seize the moments – Carpe Diem!  How many times last year did you let possibility slip from your grasp or put off what needed to be done in hopes of getting it done the next day and yet, it never materialized?  What dreams could have come true if only the right mindset and effort was put forth?

Well, all the wondering is over!  The time is here and now.  Be creative about creating.  Paint the dreams of your future and do the work today to make it happen.  No more regrets, doubts, or hesitation.  Faith without work is dead!  Anything worth having is worth working for and if you can create it in your mind, you can fulfill the vision with your hands and heart. 

Do not let another opportunity pass you by or fail to take advantage of the moment.  Creativity comes and goes as quickly and suddenly as a tornado ripping through a city.  So, strike why the iron is hot and the thoughts are fresh.  Take a moment or two to revel in the  pictures above to see how artists have taken on monumental canvases and transformed them into works of art and beauty.  It epitomizes creativity on overdrive and symbolizes that there is no dream that is too big or limits on imagination.

“Creativity is putting your imagination to work, and it’s produced the most extraordinary results in human culture.” ~ Ken Robinson

“Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine, and at last, you create what you will” ~  George Bernard Shaw

 

Credit: Pictures courtesy of http://www.isupportstreetart.com/issa_media/best-walls-of-2014-special/#more-18625

U, Me, and We – Past, Present, Future

U, Me, & We:Past, Present, & Future
 

“Yesterday is history, tomorrow a mystery, today is a gift, that’s why it’s called the present.” ~ Author Unknown

Heard a topic recently about “Recalculating Your Route” and it began me to think about what happens when history spoils the gift and ruins the mystery?  As creatures of habit and self-preservation, our first instinct is to gravitate to what is comfortable and protect ourselves at all costs, and in doing so, we may miss out on the most important and beautiful things in life.

So often we rely on what we have experienced and although it is wise to learn from our past, we forget to enjoy the “present” when we allow those lessons to stifle our future.  Pain is a great equalizer and reminder of what to do and not to do, but it can also be a paralyses.  It can leave you stuck in a rut and life passing you by, especially when it comes to relationships and love.

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