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Thankful Thursdays

BrotherWord - Thankful Thursday

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!

 

Purpose In the Pain

BrotherWord - Purpose In the Pain

This pain I feel is wearing me down, how much turmoil can one person endure before they begin to drown.  One thing is for sure, either you are going through, about to go through, or just coming out the storm, but before you give in, it’s after when the sun comes out and rainbows are born.  There’s purpose in this pain and lessons learned, what didn’t kill has not only made me stronger, but made me wiser and for that, I no longer have to yearn. ~ BrotherWord

Pain attacks in a multitude of ways and affects us in all areas of our lives – physical, mental/emotional, and spiritual.  Pain is one of those things that is inevitable, but what is often missed and overlooked is that even in the pain, there is still purpose.  

Pain in the physical form brings forth a reaction from the central nervous system telling us that something is uncomfortable, does not feel well, is conflicting with our body.  When our body aches, it triggers the mind to do something different or stop altogether, cease whatever action is causing the pain, but anyone who has ever worked out, trained, done any physical activity, will tell you that is not until you push through the pain that you begin to conquer the mind and your body.  As much as pain may warn you, it can also trick you into prematurely quitting.  If you succumb to the pain, how would you know how far you could go, how much you can achieve, how would you discover the deeper purpose.

Emotional pain is even more debilitating.  An emotional blow can cause a ripple effect that will destroy the psyche and the physical if allowed.  Emotional wounds attack the deepest recesses of our mind and cause us to doubt others and ourselves, retreat from the world, and at worse become recluse and anti-social.  Some of this can be diagnosed as chemical imbalances or mental breakdowns and require medication and therapy, yet there are so many more instances of people being disappointed, hurt, betrayed by someone else or even feeling inadequate and having a self-loathing demeanor.  It is painful to think you are alone, no one cares, or everyone is against you, but do not let the pain fool you into thinking you do not have purpose or were not created for a purpose.  The greatest trick of the enemy is to make you believe you are inadequate, your life is irrelevant, and you have no worth.  The devil is a liar!  Discovering purpose breeds a renewed energy, it invigorates and revitalizes, the purpose in the pain is knowing that despite what the world my say or, you have confidence knowing that you were created on purpose for a purpose!  

Spiritual pain can possibly be the most devastating and dangerous because at this point you have lost hope and any reason for carrying on.  A pain such as this will not only cripple, but can possibly lead to internal and eternal condemnation.  To lose hope in life, in others, and self means you have given up and given into the pain.  The misnomer about pain that escapes us all is that pain is temporary!  It will not last forever nor will it always be painful, because the same thing that once caused you pain may very well be the same thing that elevates you to your purpose.  When you feel like quitting, don’t!  It is at that very moment when breakthrough happens, revelation takes place, and your are enriched and enlightened.  It is at the moment of last hope and desperation that we discover inner strength and realize that all the pain we endured was meant to strengthen and never to break us.  

On the mountaintop we get to bask in our achievements, but it is in the valleys where the lessons are truly learned.  It is in the pain that we discover what we are truly made of and also why we are experiencing the pain.  If you are willing to endure, to tarry just a little longer, I promise you that on the other side of pain, you will discover a greater purpose!  Do not get me wrong, pain is not fun and no matter the target, physical, emotional, mental, or spiritual, it hurts.  Just know that it is temporary.  If you just started exercising, at first it will hurt, there will be pain.  But if you continue and push through, inevitably you will see the desired results and the pain will dissipate.  No different when tackling emotional or spiritual pain.  Do not succumb… OVERCOME!

Anyone that is feeling the pains of life, please hang on!  Pain reminds us we are still alive, alerts us there is still fight left, is an alarm to the brain, heart, and thoughts, letting us know we are near our purpose.  Pain is no more than a prelude to finding purpose!  Do not believe me?  During childbirth, a woman suffers what may be the most excruciating pain of her life, her body literally being stretched and ripped apart, yet she endures the labor.  And if labor can be defined as physical or mental exertion, a painful or arduous work, especially one that is difficult and exhausting, cannot the birth of that child not be deemed purpose – the very reason why something is done, a determined, resolute outcome.  In other words, your labor is not in vain because what is birth was worth any pain!

Your pain is a divine right of passage through which you will be reborn as a being of strength, wisdom, and purpose.

~ Bryant McGill

Thankful Thursday

BrotherWord - Thankful Thursday

Everyone by now has heard about the untimely death of Prince Rogers Nelson, but what I am most THANKFUL for and what many may have not known, is that Prince was a quiet, but monumental, humanitarian.  This was a feat he prided himself, but went about behind the scene without any fanfare or hoopla.  For Prince, it was never about publicity, but about the lives he could change.  

Prince created and was the main source of funding for the “Love 4 One Another” charity that has donated millions of dollars over the years to schools, homeless shelters, and community programs in some major cities such as Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, and his hometown of Minneapolis, and has reached as far as Iowa, Georgia, Wisconsin, Ohio, and Texas as well.  He was a huge contributor to “Rebuild the Dream,” an initiative that focuses on providing opportunities for young people and changing the cultural climate.  Also near and dear to Prince was “YesWeCode,” a program that introduced and trained underprivileged youth in the tech industry.  A proponent of the environment as much as people, Prince was at the forefront for “Green For All” helping provide green energy, such as solar panels, and advocacy throughout the country.  

To say Prince merely donated money would be an insult.  He put his mouth, literally, where his money was, often putting on benefit concerts to subsidize and raise money for various organizations. But he did not mind writing a check either, evidenced by the $12,000 check he wrote for an African-American library in Louisville.  Prince put on free concerts for the blind and deaf, showed up unannounced to schools to speak to kids and simply brighten their days, and even helped his fellow artists as he did when Lauryn Hill was facing legal issues and Prince made it a point to help support her and her children.  There are countless people who are more THANKFUL for Prince the man moreso than Prince the musician.

Today, I stand with all who mourn his passing, yet I am eternally THANKFUL for his charitable efforts and for being more than a music legend, but transcending to become a global icon that let music be the key that opened the door, and not the end all, be all!  Prince Rogers Nelson, THANK YOU for all the music that will live on forever and for paying it forward so that others may have a better life.  We will miss you, but because of your unselfishness, your imprint will never be forgotten.

 

Thankful Thursdays!

BrotherWord - Thankful Thursday

Life has an uncanny way of reminding us of who we are and what we are capable of and I am so THANKFUL for that redeeming factor!  At that pivotal moment when all seems lost, despair begins to set in, and we start losing hope, there is a primordial instinct that takes over and it becomes a difference between fight or flight!

THANKFUL that I have not been born with a spirit of fear and neither have you!  Things will happen that will make us question our very fiber and ultimate purpose, but there are so many more factors that remind us of who we are and why we were created.  Just when we thought we had completely lost ourselves, some redeeming occurrence jolts us back to reality and shows us that we were never truly lost, merely on hiatus.   (more…)

Thankful Thursdays!

BrotherWord - Last Year

I AM THANKFUL FOR ANOTHER YEAR!  Last year was filled with ups and downs, tests and triumphs, lessons and growth, loss and victory.  Yet, through it all, I made it to another year… and so did you.  I am THANKFUL that last year did not signify the last chance, the last opportunity, the last time.  And although some people did not make it to 2015 with me, both figuratively and literally, it does not mean it is the last time I will see them or the last time they will impact my life.  

If you have not heard or do not know, this life is temporary, but what you do with it is the only thing that lives on forever.  You can either live in infamy for wasting the tremendous tools and talents you were blessed with or achieve immortality through great works you accomplish and the lives you touch.  I am so THANKFUL that yesterday, yesteryear, was not the last time we will get to make a difference or the last chance we will get to touch another life.  You are still here for a purpose and there is a plan for your life.  Why not let 2015 be the year you put it all together, break down the barriers, and draw closer and take hold of the dream you envisioned years ago?

How long have you been saying this is going to be my year?  Have you previously proclaimed this is the year when this or that is going to happen and work out?  Time to let go of the past and move forward!  Whatever and whomever did not grow you in 2014, leave it behind.  Be THANKFUL that it is a new year and with a new year comes a renewed spirit, renewed energy, renewed focus, renewed excitement, and most importantly, a renewed faith.  You may not look new on the outside, but inside, you can feel a change and the weight being lifted.  Embrace all that is new and let go the old and the past.  

“Yesterday’s the past, tomorrow’s the future, but today is a gift. That’s why it’s called the present.” ~ Bil Keane

“Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose.” ~ Lyndon B. johnson

Thankful Thursdays!

BrotherWord - Thanksgiving 2014

Today is a day when many will come together and not share in a feast of delicacies, but also share what they are most THANKFUL for and why.  Being THANKFUL is a sense of mind that hopefully is expressed each day and is not just reserved for one day out the year.

Use today to begin shaping the life you hope to lead.  Start practicing daily by starting and ending the day with THANKFUL thoughts.  Constantly remind yourself that is is not about what you do not have, but more about what you do.  Remember the lessons taught, the loved ones lost, and those that paved the way so you would not have to pay the same cost.  Being THANKFUL is a choice, a choice to focus on the blessings surrounding us and not on the woes that occasionally plaque our lives.  This day, like every day we continue to have breath in our body, is another chance to make an impact and a difference in our lives and others.  Use it wisely.

I am THANKFUL for each and everyone of you who continue to push me to be better, challenge me to be stronger, support me to go farther, and support when I fall short or get weak.  I am THANKFUL for the purpose and responsibility that I do not take lightly and I take much pride in carrying out.  I am THANKFUL that someone’s life will be changed for the better because they too chose to have a grateful heart.  I am THANKFUL that hope are dreams are very much alive despite the tragedies and chaos of the world.  I am THANKFUL that when my voice grows tired or quivers, God still hears my whisper.  I am THANKFUL for newfound friends who understand the hustle and struggle and are willing to travel along side no matter the deterrent or doubts.  Today, I am THANKFUL for it all!

I am THANKFUL for the food before us, the friends beside us, and the love between us. I pray every meal is a feast, each encounter is a treasured memory, and THANKFULNESS is shared throughout.  From @BrotherWord to all, I wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving!  

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