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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

 

 

 

 

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…

 

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!

 

Breathe of Life

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Miracles happen around us everyday, but oftentimes we are blinded to them because our idea of what a miracle looks like is based on something only derived of on a hollywood movie set using a green screen and plenty of CGI.  But prayer is powerful and miracles still exist!

“Miracles are a retelling in small letters of the very same story which is written across the whole world in letters too large for some of us to see.” ~ C.S. Lewis

Tony Yally is living proof that miracles still happen and how a little faith can turn even apparent death around.  Pronounced dead after 50 minutes of no recordable vital signs, Yally’s son refused to accept his passing and began praying over his father’s body.  What resulted could only be deemed a miracle as doctors have no explanation.  Check out the video below about this astonishing story.

It’s #FGF and we are feeling good for the Yally family and also for knowing that no matter the situation or circumstances, it is only dead when we give up.  No, every story will not be as triumphant like the Yally’s, but what is universal is that life only ends when we stop living it!  #FeelGood knowing you too are a walking miracle!

Feel Good Friday

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It’s #FGF – Feel Good Fridays – and today BrotherWord is sharing a story about how one man turned tragedy into triumph.  In 2007, Dr. Kevin Morton Jr, was a victim of gunshot.  At the time, Morton was the manager of a fast food chain in Eastpointe, MI. and a student at Oakland University.  Rushed to St. John Hospital in Detroit, he was operated on by Dr. Dharti Sheth-Zelmanski who removed the bullet that had passed through his stomach, diaphragm, pancreas and two main blood vessels.  The surgery saved his life.

Inspired and motivated, Morton pursued a medical degree, studying at Michigan State University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine and graduated last week, nearly nine years after tragedy struck.  He begins his residency next month at St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital in Madison Heights as a surgeon, the very hospital where he was saved!  In the very same community that could have cut his life short, Morton is paying it forward and giving back.  As he says, “It’s that classic story of someone who is down, but not out.  And a story about someone never giving up.”

Share with #BrotherWord your #FGF moments and keep the good feeling flowing!

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