Just my imagination

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Dreams are imaginary images of what we hope will become reality. If you can imagine or dream it, it will one day be realized. Lively imaginations are essential to living a fulfilled life. Where would we be without extreme imagination? Sending a man to the moon encompasses great imaginary vision. This was so extreme that even after decades and many successes some are still doubting that the journey was ever made. I know, I have lively imaginations. I have dreamt of things that might seems far fetch to others; however, imagination is a healthy part of living and a stabilizer to our sanity.

Have you ever been on a journey wondering around when all of a sudden you are sidetracked by something in the corners of your eyes that makes you wonder. You aren’t trying to be too super sensitive; the more you thought about it, you concluded it wasn’t anything out of the ordinary, so you trod along. That image seems to live on in the sub conscious. Moving along you ponder, then you ask yourself; was it just my imagination or was it a reality? The truth is, you might never know because there was no one there to confirm your sense of sight or feeling so you moved along. This was the breathing ground for what would be something interesting.

I am looking at the lyrics of this song that was sung years ago by the Temptations. The more I thought of it, the more I tried to analyze what I believe led to the origin of the lyrics. I can see a lot of artistry, self indulgence and deep solitude as the writer trusted himself into the very Midst of the dialog.

“Each day through my window I watch her as she passes by; I say to myself you’re such a lucky guy. To have a girl like her is truly a dream come true. Out of all the fellows in the world she belongs to me.” That was really daring and filled with confidence even if it was in his subconscious mind. He owned the scene and placed himself in the moment where he would take control.

“But it was just my imagination Runnin away with me. It was just my imagination runnin away with me. Soon we’ll be married and raise a family (oh yeah) A cozy little home out in the country with two children maybe three.” With such consciousness getting that deep into the moment of thinking he was there in that moment was truly genius, sinking deep into a well of the subconscious and looking into the future of what life for him could be. “It was just his imagination running away with him.” He lived for that moment even if it was just a dream.

He continued; “I tell you I can visualize it all. This couldn’t be a dream for too real it all seems. But it was just my imagination once again runnin away with me; Tell you it was just my imagination runnin away with me.”

We have all been there in that place and that moment when we wanted our dreams to become a reality. Have you ever been that desperate? You become infatuated with your dreams even though you know actuality is far beyond reality. Many have gone this way only to lose it mentally because they see it as actuality, they pursue the impossible and got thrown off course not being able to regain a sense of reality. They never took the time to analyze even though it was just their imagination.

“Every night on my knees I pray, dear Lord, hear my plea. Don’t ever let another take her love from me or I would surely die. Her love is heavenly, when her arms enfold me I hear a tender rhapsody, but in reality she doesn’t even know me.” Wow! Pure artistry. A classic that will outlast the test of time!!

“Just my imagination once again runnin away with me. Tell you it was just my imagination runnin away with me No, no, I can’t forget her. Just my imagination once again runnin; way with me. Just my imagination runnin away with me.” Can’t you see, it was just my imagination!

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Discipline

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Discipline is the art of commitment to an idea or purpose; it is being able to stay focus in spite of distractions. In oder to achieve a goal or purpose there must be commitment, such commitments takes discipline. Discipline (Dis-cip-line: disconnect from a line of distraction. This is my interpretation!) seems to be a simple innocent word but when we examine the complexities of the word in it’s truest form, we have to agree it is not as simple as it seems. Let’s see how the dictionary describes discipline. “It is the practice of training people to obey rules or a code of behavior, using punishment to correct disobedience.” I am not sure I like that explanation because it seems to put you in a very confined opinion or imagery. I think it is a form of self control imposed on oneself in order to achieve specific goals.

Discipline is action or inaction that is regulated to be in accordance with a particular system of governance. It is commonly applied to regulating human and animal behavior. However, as individuals we are given the task of self governance, how we achieve our tasks depends on our priority and our level of urgency with regards to what we hope to achieve. It is said, “people with a higher degree of self-control spend less time debating whether to indulge in behaviors that are detrimental to their health, and are able to make positive decisions more easily. They don’t let impulses or feelings dictate their choices. Instead, they make level-headed decisions. As a result, they tend to feel more satisfied with their lives.” If you happens to be one of my type of people this does not sounds far fetched. It can be cultivated as a way of life. You might call if ridged but it takes a lot of energy and self determination to stay focused.

To make it to the goal of self discipline there are things you can do that will help in your endeavors. Knowing your weaknesses is very important for your success. What is it that tends to pull you away from your tasks or goals that you have set. This is where I would begin to make changes. Determine what your priorities are and determine to reach them. Crowd out any distractions that tends to interfere and make the decision to stick to the set goal. There will be times when it seems impossible but believe me, it is not! Just stick to the plan! You will always get those who are willing to condemn you for your rigidity but remember it is you who stand to gain from what you will achieve. At the end those who condemn you will compliment you. I have been there!

Acknowledge your shortcomings, whatever they may be. No man is an island, we need each other. There is no need to pretend, we are all vulnerable. Own your flaws; that’s a way to overcome, however, there will always be flaws. Today there are many things that will take you away from your set plans but you have to determine to resist temptation. As the saying goes, “ out of sight out of mind.” If it is a distraction, remove it! The fewer distractions you have, the more focused you will be towards accomplishing your goals. Set yourself up for success by removing bad influences. It is true in life and relationships.

Being able to set clear goals and having an execution plan helps in being disciplined. Have a clear vision of what you hope to accomplish; understand what success means to you. It’s easy to lose focus if you don’t know where you are going! We have all heard stories of successful people but can you imagine the discipline it took for those who achieve it! A clear plan guides you through each step you must take to reach your goals. Failure is not an option, however, only discipline will get you to the finish line.

One more thing I would say about discipline, it demands willpower. This is not something you were born with, you have to practice and develop it over a period of time. This takes lots of work! In life I would say, nothing is impossible; if you can imaging it, you can achieve it. Be disciplined!

Trust

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I am a firm believer in the integrity, ability, or character of a person. Therefore having confidence or reliance in trying to gain someones’ trust; believing that our friend or love ones are telling the truth is vital to the act of bolstering that trust. The truth is, confidence and an unwavering belief in someone or something is vital to the wellbeing of any relationship. However, if you lose that trust, it is sometimes impossible to regain. How can we trust someone we do not know? That is a question we must ask ourselves, however, faith especially in a day when it is hard to do so is a vital component to be develop. Our words use to be our bond but that has been thrown out the window. Can anyone blame society for this? Folks are no more reliant and their words don’t mean much anymore. It’s difficult to grapple with this thought but it is true.

Trust is a symbol of faith. At least that is what I believe! When you trust you have confidence in: you rely on: and your heart is at ease with the decisions you make. The Bible says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and learn not on your own understanding.” The infallible words of God. That’s one thing we can rely on and give total confidence in. He knows humanity and knew his creation was going to confronted with the trust issue. To have trust, reliance and acknowledgment is the key to overcoming the fear we all face in trusting.

The condition and resulting obligation of having confidence placed in someone or something is what we call trust. Naturally when you trust you are not afraid to give custody of or care for a person or thing. You become committed to the care of another. Can you trust without reliance on something or someone in the future? That’s a big one but we have the hope that what we trust for will be accomplished. We have confidence that the future will be better. Trust gives us a sense of reliance on the intention and ability of a person to do what was agreed to without wavering. Our future holds hope for a better tomorrow.

When trust is not forthcoming, we are forced to rely on other means. A relationship which causes the other party to faulter in their obligations creates mistrust that leads to a breakdown their commitment. You have the rights to give another person the entitlement to the benefit of doubts, however, when trust is lost everything becomes blurred and negative vibes starts to develop.

Trust implies depth and assurance of feeling that is often based on inconclusive evidence: Faith connotes unquestioning, often emotionally charged belief: “Often enough our faith beforehand in an uncertified result is the only thing that makes the result come true” (William James). Confidence implies a strong grounds for assurance. I trust that you were enlightened to some extent on what I want to say. Trust me!

Dare to leap

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We have dreams of the future and what we want it to accomplish. However, sometimes it seems impossible that we would ever achieve our goals. It is normal to dream, it’s a part of our human design and development. Don’t get trapped with ambitions and ideas of what you want to become, rise up and move on; determination will help you to achieve your goals and dreams. No matter what might be in your way push past the obstacles and take the leap of faith into the unknown. You can make it; believe in yourself. Because you do not have the help needed to pull ourselves out of the straits you find ourselves in does not mean it is the end. The blame game is not an option, take a moment stop and look around; evaluate where you are and chart your course of action, make a new start. You can do it! For some it might be easier said than done but the key to moving from where we are depends on us. Just get up and take the leap of faith; never looking back at your past keep moving straight toward the top.

Motivate yourself. Understand your priorities in life and move with courage to accomplish what you set out to do. When you are self-motivated, you will be more organised, you will be a good time manager: skilled and have more self-esteem and confidence. These are important traits to develop, in doing so, it can help you to take control of many other aspects of your life. Taking the leap is no easy thing but being able to move the bar to the next level is important. When taking the leap, you have to be ready to act on opportunities when they presents themselves. Take chances peruse your goals but be ready for setbacks. Look at setbacks as opportunities to succeed. Have you ever heard the saying, “Failure is not final?” Be prepared to fail but be ready to get up and dust yourself off and move on. There are many who failed but never gave up; today they are living their dreams despite their many obstacles. Be motivated set benchmarks and the drive to achieve your goals, make improvements geared to meeting certain standards. If you can, get a coach. By all means do so, don’t give up on your dreams. Only those who are willing to take the leap will succeed.

Resilience is the key factor for success: having the ability to bounce back in the presence of adversity. The ability to cope with and rise to the inevitable challenges. Problems and set-backs you meet in the course of your life is no easy feat, however, we all have the ability to come back stronger than before. It is good to develop rational thinking. Never think that it is impossible to accomplish your goals. You might rely on different skills and draws on various sources for help but you can do it.

In writing this, I know that I am writing it to myself because it takes a whole lot of courage in the presence of fear to take the leap. Courageous people do feel fear, but they are able to manage and overcome their fear so that it does not stop them from taking action. Fear causes us to self check, ensuring that we are not overly-confident, that we take the appropriate actions. How do we manage this? We can train ourselve to manage our emotional response to fear, so that we manage it rather than it managing us.

I would like to tell you to take courage. The question is,What is Courage?
I am glad you ask! Courage is a virtue, bravery, a quality of spirit that enables us to face danger and pain without showing fear. We all know what we mean by courage or bravery as it is sometimes known. I learned that courage is not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. “The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” (Nelson Mandela)

The word of God says,” fear not little flock, it is your father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” With such promises why are we afraid? It’s time to take the leap and start on your journey to success. You can do it! Take the leap!!

The value of time

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One thing is for certain, no matter who we are or how rich we may become; successful or not, we all have one thing in common; that is time. It might be determined differently because of many factors or the consistencies of how you choose to use it. However, we are all blessed with a gift so precious that many who have passed this way would wish they had more time to do the things they planned! With this pledge, “if I had to do all over again, I would do things differently. I would make better use of it.” The moment of truth comes when we are left in limbo and time runs out without accomplishing our goals or dreams. How frustrating it is to think that we live our lives always procrastinating thinking that some day we will fulfill our dreams. It is said; “time waits for no man.” Don’t be caught in the trap of time inefficiency or insufficiency. Time is precious, neglecting it will always lead to regret.

I often hear people say, “I have time, I am young and the world is not getting away.” Those are trifle words of fruitlessness! If we fail to accomplish what we were created to do, we will spend the rest of our lives regretting those moments when we would have been happy living out our dreams and true potentials. It’s never too late to make a turn and start on the road to recover some of what you have lost. This might just be the day you make the switch; something you will never regret when you look back in years to come! 

The motors are rolling and the end seems far away, however, the motor moves forward because it never seems to have been programmed to take a backward motion. Many have been ambushed by letting their guards down waiting for an opportune time to make the right move, in so doing have lost their drive and enthusiasm through procrastination. Once the engine has started, there is no chance for it to stop going. Once we have stepped foot in this life, the clock of time starts; we are one day older. Our life is set in motion, there is no turning back. Set the right precedence for the road you face ahead. The machine of time will never stop running; no matter how frustrated you are about what’s happening around you even when your enthusiasm runs out the wheels of time keeps running even without your fuel to energize it.

Time is a currency; how you spend it determines your future returns! Your value is determined by where you spend your time. Time is the only capital that human has and the only thing he can’t afford to lose. When we learn to value time we lean to value lives and those around us. “Time is of more value than money, you can get more money, but you cannot get more time.” Once time is gone, we can’t get it back so today I want to challenge you to become wise. Do not compromise your relationships and your health in the chase of unnecessary material possessions. Redeem the time you have lost in your moment of neglect and make time work for you. Accomplish your dreams, restore your rightful place and reflect with joy the moments spent reclaiming it.

Every day people are working long hours to build a life of material possessions while forgetting the time we have on earth is as it suggests only for a short period. Time is a gift from God and we must learn to value the time we have been given. The one who made time understand the concept. Even though he is not trapped in time, he knew that human would need time because of the process of life and the moments given to accomplish our assignments. 

“There is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; a time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; a time to tear, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; a time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace.”

“What gain has the worker from his toil? I have seen the business that God has given to the children of man to be busy with. He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end. I perceived that there is nothing better for them than to be joyful and to do good as long as they live; also that everyone should eat and drink and take pleasure in all his toil—this is God’s gift to man.”

Hear the words of the wise. Begin to value time, no matter who or where you are, time is the currency we carry. Don’t let it run out on you!

What a wonderful world

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I woke up this morning and gazed out my window looking at the atmosphere; it is covered with a tint of grey. A contrast from the bright and sunny mornings we have come to expect for a normal day in what we call the Sunshine State. However, I look at the shaking of the trees and twigs as it swayed by a slightly flowing breeze; it reminds me there is life, nature and the existence of a creator. It is a moment to ponder and a time to reflect on the beauty of nature and all it holds. The wonder of creation and the existence of a God who creates a world out of nothing bringing it into focus as time evolves and slowly passes away. All of it’s intricate details; things that still hard for the human mind to comprehend, never a dull moment if you stop to meditate and reflect on your every blessings . Truly His ways are past finding out His awesomeness is beyond explanation. There is nothing to be compared to the wonder of creation!

The Psalmist points out “The heaven declares the glory of God and the firmament shows His handy work.” Who could have caused the earth to hung in space, give men the knowledge to discover the great unknown and venture into space where they can discover the great cosmos? There are many doubters to his handy work but that does not stop him from preforming his duty of keeping the world in order despite the unthinkable deeds of men. It is said “ Why do the heathen rage and the people imagine a vain thing.” Even when they took council against him they will always stumble and fall. He who sits in the heaven laugh. He looks at their ignorance and laugh!

Consider the universe and all of it’s beauty, think of the air we breathe, the water we drink and all the provisions that is afforded us. We have no need to worry about the future but we do. However it is time to stop and consider the wonderful world we have been given, a place to procreate, a place of wonder and a place of hope. Even when it seems that things aren’t working for you, he is always doing something working on your behalf.

I can’t help but take a moment to reflect on the words of a song I love dearly. “I see trees of green, and red roses too. I see them bloom for me and you. And I think to myself what a wonderful world. I see skies of blue and clouds of white the bright blessed day, the dark sacred night and I think to myself what a wonderful world. The colors of the rainbow so pretty in the sky are also on the faces of people going by. I see friends shaking hands saying how do you do. They are really saying I love you. I hear babies crying, I watch them grow. They will learn much more than I’ll ever know. And I think to myself what a wonderful world.” Yes I think to myself what a wonderful world.

Beyond the wonders of human understanding and the mysterious science of human experiences the world stands as a fortress in its place of existence. It was only a word that spoke it into existence and called all of it’s galaxies to combine into one true moment of creation. A wonderful world where no man needs to lack in love and self fulfillment, a place of rest until human tried their hand at perfection only to mess things up trying to be in control.

Once again a day is coming when all of God’s creation will become perfected, when He calls his children home and a cleansing begins. The wrongs will be made right, darkness will be no more and peace will govern this universe. The Lion will lay down with the lamb and we will be forever in the presence of the Son. That will truly a wonderful world!

Visionary leaders

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In the world we live in it would be difficult to imagine a world of leaders who could not foresee the role they play in shaping the functions of human behavior. Leaders must stand up as defenders of what is right even when it is unpopular; they have to be able to stand alone when all hell is breaking lose around them. Be that as it may, to have leaders who are unprepared and show themselves to be novices only corrupts the positions for which were elected to serve. We need visionary leaders in this twenty first century who find it easy to do the right leading by example for for others to follow.

A visionary leader is respectful of his team members. He empowers them to come up with different ideas that will help the organization to succeed. They will feel empowered knowing that their opinions matters. Give them the power of self worth. In other words, what I am doing or what I am contributing to matters. It is comforting when you can see that you play a part in making a difference in people’s lives.

It is not difficult to understand that a visionary leader must do his best to inspire others to succeed. You might be popular within your scope of associates but how much are you able to motivate others into a rightful way of moving forward while maintaining the success they were promised? Your job is to motivate everyone to greatness even if they might not see as you see. They must want in some way to be a part of the catalyst for change not the path to destruction and deception. 

A visionary leader should be a good communicator; be able to get his point of view across while maintains a good balance in leadership. They knows how to verbalize their dreams and goals and do so to their team. In this age of social media, it is never the smartest thing to always go to social media before having an audience with your team. Communication is not a one sided thing. He most be a good listener. It is great to always involve your team in helping to reach your milestone while advancing your dreams.

I find that visionary leaders are also charismatic leaders. They possess a special Majic that makes you want to move on their words. To always criticize the mistakes of others is to turn off those who would have otherwise be an asset to you. Many leaders fail for lack of lack of foresight and self control. A leader is a good organizer being able to see their own weaknesses and put the right person in place to fulfill the roles that you might not be able to fulfill. Visionary leaders are risk takers. Failing to take risk can sometimes lead to failure. There are times when you have to stop thinking and get to doing even when you are all alone in your decision. Others might not always see what you see and they are alway skeptical of the move you make however, staying on course and fulfilling your purpose will help to convince them of your intents. Sometimes you have to gamble and take the risk in order to advance the cause.

Be strategic in your planning. Look at the market and the trends and be able to move at the right moment even when it is unpopular to do so. Define where the organization is headed and stay the course. You cannot be afraid to take risk. The good book say,“he that always observe the seasons will not sow.” Ignore the season and plant your seed even in bad times then when things turn around your will be the first to capitalize on the increase. Put things in place to give you the truss forward in success. In other words create an action plan for success. A visionary leader is willing to delegate responsibility. They do not think that they have to do it to get it done. They must possess trust in their team and realize its a team effort; if one succeed all succeed but if one fail, all bears the responsibility for failure.

Finally I saw he that observe the season will not sow and therefore, is not in the position to reap. The trends you set today will determine your success or failure tomorrow. Be a visionary leader and help others become great! Visionary leaders: inspire, motivate and give guidance and hope . They’re meaning makers. Happy twenty nineteen! Be motivated to to take the leap and jump to success!

Why stop the caravan

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They are coming and we are scared! That’s what they say! They are illegal and they are coming to take what we have and leave us in despair. This is the talking point we hear every day and I ask myself why. How can one become illegal when they have not crossed our borders and are still thousands of miles away? It seems we are living in fear and misguided assumptions without knowing the truth of the matter realizing we have nothing to worry about. Who would believe that a nation with such military might would be afraid of a few thousand immigrants without bombs and guns. It is a shame and down right absurd. We should be afraid of our own who is killing children in schools and night clubs and other social gatherings. This is just like telling your teacher that the dog eat your homework so it prevented you from turning it in. It seems to me that the one who is spreading these false messages needs to take a class in diplomacy and human behavior.

When does one become illegal and what is the definition? To be illegal is to be prohibited by law or acceptable rules. This means that if the parties involved is not being prevented by law because they have not broken any rules then they should be classified as something or someone else. Who wants to be bamboozled into fear of people seeking for a better life for themselves and their family? No one, therefore, the argument set forth does not stand and have no relevance unless a crime is committed. Wasting resources and setting a trend that is beyond disgraceful is not something we all should tolerate. People have a right to freedom, justice and peace. When those basic rights are taken, they have the rights to ask for protection from those they deemed able to help. Sadly big brother is burying its head in the sand of time; only history will recall the moments missed when we could have help in curbing this exodus.

We must not forget that we are all emigrants who came here seeking for a better life for ourselves and our family. It does not matter if you are white, black, brown or any other color we all have one thing in common. It is time we wake up and see what is happening amongst us, we can’t rely on the words of a few to lead us into what they wants us to believe; we are living in an era of enlightenment; information travelers far and wide with digital speed. We can’t be fooled so stop the bamboozling!

In a country and in any nation we all need immigrants to help build our economy and our infrastructure. There are things that are done by immigrants that would not get done by nationals for what ever reasons. Therefore we should be grateful to accept those who are willing to put their lives on the line, fleeing violence and want a better life for themselves. Where is the compassion and the freedom and liberty that was given to you when it was needed most? It is time to stop look and listen to the silent cries of the disenfranchised. We are a people of compassion. Just like the chickens runs to their mother for coverage in times of need these folks are looking for covering trying to save a generation from misdeeds. The clock is ticking while a nation holds its breath waiting to see what will happen. We must not forget those being held in cages. Those taken from mothers separated without reason.

Even in the day of old immigrants were given a chance to work amongst the citizens. They were the hardest workers who sacrificed everything for a better life for themselves; it is not different today. They are not coming to kill and take away, they are contributors whose resources make this nation great. The tide is turning and believe me there will be seasons of regret the way we treat strangers in times of need. The word is, I was hungry and you feed me. I was destitute and you clothe me; I was in prison and sick and you help me. Where has all the love gone? We must let freedom ring from shore to shore. Freedom that brings hope to the hopeless and peace of mind to the disenfranchised. Let us not sit in silence but get up and stand up for our rights. The time is now; will you help?

How about me

Looking back at the years passed, there were lots of memories that capture ones mind just like an old Kodak camera with its self developing films you wait for a moment until the image appears. In those moments of tense emotion you wonder what the outcome will be. Nevertheless because you are a part of the process of development there is much joy as you are faced with the result of your undertaking. It might not be as great as you would like it but because it is the work of your own doing, it is treasured with a love and joy you welcome. As the tension the suspense is released a glow replaces any frown. 

As the years pass you look back to the memories of those years and oh how quickly they seems to have passed. However, with much joy you remember your childhood; sometimes with joyful laughter or organizing pain. Whichever way it went, for you there were lessons learned and stories to be told. Our personal development started there in those seemingly lonely hour by the side of a grandmother or a mother who no matter how hard the times never gave up hope of a child who would one day become a King, a Priest, a President, Prime Minister, a Lawyer or someone great or extraordinary, one she would be proud to call son or daughter.

As the journey begun you were ushered into a space of uncertainty. The days were sometimes turbulent even though we were not aware. You were shielded from the moments of uncertainty and despair, the times of chaos. We were carefree young and wild! We eat anything our hands could catch not fearing diseases or any other sicknesses, we were strong! We played outside from sunrise to sunset. There were no need for alarm because we were looked after by our community; we were every mothers child or children every child’s niece or nephews. Oh how great those days were! 

I remember the times we became entrepreneurs even at an early age. We had the foresight to see the needs of our pairs and sought to fill it. If you were a little smart, you devised ways to tap into those areas of lack and capitalize on those moments. We did not have the money to buy toys so we made our own. For those who were not as talented or gifted, we used those opportunities to our advantage. We build and they brought; the cash flow though challenging begun but it was a secret. The banks were the grandmothers secret statch. How could anyone know about it except the manufacturer, supplier and the vendor? To give away this secret connection was an act of treason. Tension would run high and we would be branded as other than… our pairs would ridicule us for our undertaking. The customers knew how to flow leaving the skeptics to wonder; never revealing the sources of our funding.

The me was us, and the them times were ours. Distance were never a problem and the Journey though sometimes great, we persevered. We played we fight we get up dust off and continued on our journey. Malice did not last long because we would turn our pain into laughter as a community of children brought up to understand the strength of a community is knitted in love for each other. If you were hungry the neighbors were there. Their food were our food and when we were filled we went out side to start the episode of playing again. We were told, “ manners and behavior would take you to the world.” Respect was a must, we had to respect our elders no matter who they were or where they came from. They had the rights to give you a whopping if you were disrespectful. Please don’t go home and complain; it would become double for your trouble.

Who or what we would become were carved out of those moments. Though we did not know it then, those were times of training that would propel us into adulthood. Looking back, I see the trails that each person followed. Today most have become and is living out the potentials they displayed in those early years. This is the answer to “What about me?” The story of us is the seed that was planted and it continued to grow and have become garden of hope for others to follow. My wish is for us to see clearly and avoid the pitfalls and traps that is before us as we walk this journey through life. 

The story might not be completed, it is a story of grace and mercy of truth and justice of sorrow and pain but who would have imagined the trails we would follow in our short time in space as we walk this big blue marble of earth. We are encompass in times and seasons of change however, we will look back in appreciation of the moments given by the ones who loved and cared for us. It shaped our future and gave us reason for living. We did not have a lot but we had just enough. Thank God for the things we went thought and the lessons learned. As I look back, I can truly say, it takes a village to rear a child. I might have asked how about me, may I ask how about you? Reflection is the strength of perception a guiding light for the future.