Started the topic with a podcast to help sooth my soul. This is what happened.
There is some who is observing what you do. Don’t get creeped out, but it is a truth. Ninety percent of the time we are partially aware of our surroundings. Like I said don’t be creeped out. In this day and age we put so much information about our personal lives up for grabs and then we freak when someone who is not on your radar give you a clue they are observing your life.
This is a Creepy Picture, I took in Milwaukee!
That is not the point of my topic. The brainwashing continues to evolve in our society that things have to have a negative spin.
I am referring to admiration. There is a wonderful feeling to get confirmation about how you live your life has impacted another person as an example of how to live. I was an only child, therefore I really did not have a model to live by i.e older brother, sister, or cousin. Much of my early childhood gave me few examples I though were worth wild, so I turned to the thing in the world I felt were good and just.
I grew up in Detroit during the heyday of the Young Boys incorporated and the arrival of Crack cocaine. I was an only child with a strong presence from my mother, I knew caution was my friend… actually extreme caution was my friend. I chose to follow the path of the narrow, since the path that was broad had too much risk.
I have followed this philosophy to this day. There were a few times in my life when I slipped and followed, but it turned out to be a lesson to fortify a reason to stay in my own lane of life., and just do ME.
The reason I started to write this post started from a memory that put a smile on my face. There was a kid who I though had the world by a string when i lived in Detroit proper as a teenager. He was a musician, the girls loved him and he made friends easily. Some 20 years later, we met again and spent some time together over several months. ‘
I realized our lives had taken drastically different paths. His path led him to the penitentiary, while I had built a family and a career. Other aspect of our early child/teen years came to light as well. One thing that he informed me of was how for the longest time admired the way I carried myself and my life when we were young. Blew my socks off to hear that, because this guy is and was talented and displayed great confidence. I kind of looked up to this guy because during our teen years he had so much confidence, was very respectful, and had freedoms other could not handle.
To find out that He was looking up to me was a shocker. During our mid teens my path changed and we began did not see each other much.
Example # 2
I was a guitar player for a local church when I was 29 years old. During a revival the church brought in a young keyboard player and drummer from a different congregation. They were AWESOME musicians. I played guitar to fill in the sound and the keyboard player and I hit it off . I found out this guy was only 19 years old, but carried himself like a man many years older. He was marred with a small daughter, and played for his fathers church. As time passed and we played more gospel functions together, I asked if his family would like to have diner with my family, I would cook. We had a nice time., and we continued our friendship for a few more years. Then paths separate me from people again. The temporary factor set in.
Years later I had an inkling to visit the church where the young keyboard player father was pastor. Things had changed, II walked into the church, took a seat. Watched as my old friend played the organ with such grace and felt good that he was doing well. Just as he noticed me , he stopped playing, the music stopped and he walked over hugged me, and introduced me to the entire congregation. Then he proclaimed this is Brother Emmitt. He changed my life, then he thanked GOD and went back to the keyboard and began playing for the rest of the service. (wait,WHAT!)
After the service he informed me that I gave him direction because of how I lived, and until that point he had not seen a young black man who had his own house, took care of his family and lives a decent life without being shady. He told me that I let him know the dream was possible. GOD works in mysterious way.
My ramblings in this post are this, you don’t know who is watching and admiring what you do and who you are. Yes you are doing all the right things but the wrong things may seem easier. There is someone who loves you for who you are and what you can become . Live that life to inspire others to reach their potential, and your happiness will fill with abundance
Love you All
Be Bless and Happy
When we were children there were people we literally looked up to, because they were, in our eyes larger than life. This is also the American philosophy. In the last 80 or so years it became our mantra. Be First, Be the biggest , be the baddest ( in a good way, Until Bush # 2) in everything we are. The problem occurred when we forgot about the cost associated with being the biggest. It takes effort to keep up the front.
For years I lifted weights to put some man size of my former 150 ~ 160 lb frame ( top out at about 215~217, that’s almost 70lbs..OMG). There is one thing about gaining the muscle, I lost my flexibility, due to my concentration on being bigger. This same scenario has happened in our society too. BIG house, big card etc, yada yada yada.
After realizing how limited my range of motion has been hampering me lately I decided to do something about it. So let me proclaim my intentions, This is not a new years resolution either.
- Ability to place my palms on the floor from a straight legged bent stance. ( can’t even touch my shoes,OH LORD PLEASE!)
- Able to do Chinese split (GIVE ME STRENGTH)
- ability to do backwards rollover into a hand stance. (Pray for me)
- get through 35 minute yoga or stretching routine in great form. ( I got health care so I’m good)
- And last but not least drop down to 185 ~190 lbs (that’s hot). (Just say no to the Grape drink)
I have come to learn in various aspects,bigger is not always better. Most often just right is better than too much.
Acquiring the philosophy of SIMPLE seems to be the best way to live. Learning how having excess prevents many of us from living SIMPLE.
Here comes another list folks.
- Too many people around you for no reason—Drama = NOT SIMPLE.
- Having too much credit -Drama =NOT SIMPLE
- Concerned about other peoples business and not just your own – DRAMA = NOT SIMPLE (IMMA DO ME, U DO YOU)
- Not listening to what Life is telling you to do cause it seems hard -DRAMA = Not SIMPLE
If you live simply, below your means, you can have a Better experience which is more enjoyable than a Bigger experience.
So it’s time to at least TRY taking care of you MIND, BODY and SOUL. Which I feel is our own personal trinity. (BIBLE REFERENCE)