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Thankful Thursdays

BrotherWord - Thankful

In a world where all the odds seem to be against you, every obstacle seems to find you, and no matter how optimistic you attempt to be, there is something that inevitably tests your will, it is great to know that those things have not and will not break you… as long as you do not allow them to.  I am so THANKFUL for the failures, the setbacks, those that have gone out of their way to try to destroy my mind, body, and soul.  Thank you for showing me what I am capable of, forcing me to dig deeper, and pushing me to realize that not only am I strong, but greater is He that is within me than that which is in this world!

Over the past few days, we witnessed unified strength as the African-American student athletes, backed by the student body and staff, stood for righteousness sake and united to right a wrong.  I am THANKFUL that they had the courage to band together, willingness to face the repercussions and ridicule, and the conviction to peacefully protest and make a difference.  Some will still question their motives and timing, but no one can deny the impact!  As other universities and institutions join them in this crusade, we should all be THANKFUL seeing our future generation put a stamp on the annuls of history.  It is still amazing and moving to see those with a purpose and passion for the right causes fortify and use their platforms to become catalyst of change.  I applaud those that led the charge at Missouri, as well as those that supported them and did not try to dissuade them from pursuing justice.  It takes a tremendous amount of courage to stand for your beliefs knowing all you have worked for could be swiftly taken away.  

In the same vain and on the heels of Veteran’s Day, we have to salute our men and women in the armed services who valiantly fight for our freedom and risks their lives routinely to assure we maintain our civil liberties.  I am especially THANKFUL for these courageous souls who stand at the forefront protecting from us all from enemies far and close.  Salute to all you for your service and dedication

Face fear head on knowing that every challenge is just another test, another path along the journey, and another building block to boost your resume.  Be THANKFUL for the hardships knowing that the most precious pearl had to be put extreme pressure before its beauty could be revealed.  No matter how hard it may seem, how difficult it may get, how insurmountable the terrain may appear, remember three key things.  1.) Every thing we go through is working together for our good and no matter the circumstances or the situation, there is a lesson to be learned and growth to accomplish.  2.) No matter the test or the challenge, if you were not capable of handling it, you would never be presented with it.  Each stepping stone is just that, an opportunity to elevate your mind and spirit and come to new realizations about who you are and what you are capable of.  3.) You are not the first person to travel this road.  Many have gone before you and have weathered to storm and are the better for it.  Do not let the unknown create fear or doubt, but know that you too can claim the victory as long as you continue to push forward and never give up.

Today I am extremely THANKFUL because I refused to let fear dictate my life, I fought to fulfill my purpose, and I even when I thought about giving up on my hopes and dreams, I allowed myself enough space to welcome new opportunities.  I am THANKFUL because even when all looked lost, I did not stay in the abyss of despair, but instead chose to seek greatness, chase hope, and fight for a better outcome.  I am THANKFUL because I know now that hardships only last for a moment, but the tools and traits we gain from them last a lifetime.

Success is not final.  Failure is not fatal.  It is the courage to continue that counts. ~ Winston Churchill

Home of the Free because of the Brave

BrotherWord - Veterans Day

Today is a day in which we salute all those that have and continue to lay their lives on the line for our peace of mind.  Without your heroism, dedication, and sense of duty, I shutter at what this country may look like.  Because of what you do, feats that go unknown and seldom appreciated, we can live in freedom, not fearful of the unknown, confident our borders are protected by the bravest men and women God created!  It is my honor to have a family of dedicated servicemen who paved the way for many of us and dedicated their lives to protecting us.  Their lives have been an example that forged the foundation our family was birth on and that same foundation is what this country thrives upon.  Thank you for everything you stand for and all that you do!

Thankful Thursdays!

BrotherWord - #ThankfulThursdays - Nelson Mandela

Today, I am extremely thankful for the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela.  A man of reverence and righteousness, Mandela, or “Madiba” (the Thembu clan Mandela belonged to) as he was affectionately referred to by his countrymen, traversed the path destined for him, never once altering his route, succumbing to circumstances, or allowing others to derail his dream.

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Fourth of July symbolizes the United States gaining its independence when it separated from Great Britain in 1776.  Although this act initially began on July 2, it is widely recognized when Congress finalized the Declaration of Independence on July 4.   John Adams poignantly stated to his wife, “The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.”  Adams was spot on, as each year American come together and proudly celebrate this country’s freedom and independence.

Especially on this day, I’d like to THANK all those that have come before us and not only set the standards, but left the door open so others could follow.  For all those that have stood on principle and faith alone and fought for our freedoms and liberties, sacrificing everything, i say THANK you.  I’m so THANKFUL for the men and women of the armed services, presently serving or retired, fallen or still marching, who proudly and willingly put themselves in harm’s way so that we may sleep peacefully at night.  I am THANKFUL  for the trailblazers and the luminaries who dared to dream and pursued their ambitions.  Their example fuels and feeds us and allows us to look through someone else’s eyes and see our aspirations are attainable.  I’m THANKFUL for those that continue to encourage and support us when we’re on top and when we’re on the bottom.  It’s that support that let’s us know we aren’t walking alone.  I’m THANKFUL for every encouraging word, comforting hug, and uplifting prayer.  The simplest of gestures mean so much and make an everlasting impact.  I am THANKFUL for the freedom to pursue my dreams and the independence to think out-of-the-box and solidify my identity and path.  I am THANKFUL because over 230 years ago, a group of men decided they wanted to embark on a new odyssey, forge a new passage, and allow this country the freedom to reign.  THANK YOU!

 

Motivational Mondays – Freedom

BrotherWord - Memorial Day

“Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees the others.”
~ Winston Churchill
 

Freedom comes in many forms, but it’s only guaranteed by the men and women who bear arms. 

They’ve fought to secure our country and protect our soil and paid the ultimate price;  their dedication and commitment is only paralleled by their sacrifice. 

We salute our troops and pay homage to the fallen and gone, thank you for giving your lives to protect our homes. 

Prayers we send daily and thank you just doesn’t suffice, because the peace that you provide is a slice of paradise. 

Marines, Navy, Air Force, or Army, the uniform doesn’t define the soldier, but the heart of a hero is the beauty in the eye of the beholder. 

Whether it’s stars on a wall, those on the flag, or those blazing the sky, one thing is true, it’s because of your dedication we proudly wave the color of red, white and blue.

Memorial Day 2013 ©

 

Hero Within

By now we’ve all heard about the escape and rescue of Amanda Berry and the other captives.  We’ve also been introduced to the heroic and humorous character of Charles Ramsey.  The video and audio clips are one sound bite after another and Ramsey is not camera shy or short on one-liners.  But what stands out most is his willingness to step in and help.  The quickness in which he sprung to action and alerted authorities is the type of unselfishness and honorable behavior we hope all our communities would demonstrate daily.

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