Tuesday, November 18, 2008

30 things I've learned

Wassup people? I'm writing this to you from a new decade in my life, the 30's. It was a wonderful week of birthday festivities capped off with a trip to DC with my queen. I thought it would be fitting to do a list of 30 things learned in these 3o years. I look forward to the next 30 and all there is to learn as well. Hope all is well with everyone out there and enjoy Thanksgiving. 

1) Nobody is perfect....but God is.

2) My parents are much smarter than I gave them credit for. 

3) Don't sacrifice the future for now.

4) Running from my problems gets me nowhere but in a circle, better to hand them to One who can take care of them.

5) Everyday can be amazing if you seek out the small things.

6) It's not all about me.

7) Never trust a big butt and a smile. 

8) The grass is always greener on the other side when you never look at your own.

9) I CAN have my cake and eat it too.

10) True love waits.

11) Never settle.

12) Telling the truth is painful sometimes, but someone will ALWAYS find out if you don't.

13) Impatience is pride (see #6)

14) Every generation thinks they know more than the former and the latter.

15) We're not as smart as we think.

16) Life does not peak in high school.

17) The past is the past for a reason.

18) Worry makes you old faster and does nothing to solve the problem.

19) He always knows better what I need than I do.

20) What goes around, comes around.

21) Time does not heal all wounds, forgiveness does.

22) It's never too late to do the right thing.

23) People will always talk about you; make sure it's for the right reasons.

24) The rich get richer and the poor fight the wars.

25) All is vanity unless it's a life lived in His will.

26) Most will never know that Christ is the only way, but it doesn't stop Him from trying.

27) Time moves fast enough, nothing I do will rush it. 

28) Crushes are chemical, but love is spiritual.

29) No picture can ever capture the way the Grand Canyon looks.

30) Life goes on....

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

so history is made...now what?

Wassup people? Hope this finds you well. I'm writing on the night that history has been made, we now have a president of African descent in office. Political policy aside, it is very significant. A lot of people have been saying that they are surprised? I can't say that I was, I think it was set up for it to happen. We had a horrible economy, a war we shouldn't have been in, and  a government that favored the agenda of the USSR at times. But what does it mean?

I think it means that we now have many other hurdles to jump. Honestly, I think many folks have this idea in mind that we've reached the promised land and tomorrow all will be milk and honey. Really, now it is a matter of responsibility. We're now responsible for taking the lead in realizing that minorities and those from low socioeconomic status can reach higher goals. Now, there is no one to blame or to allow to hold us back. Now, we can't allow ourselves to be portrayed ignorantly on television or look in the mail for a reparations check. Now is not the time to look to the government to solve all the problems (best believe we'll have new ones, big government always does that) but to look at ourselves and to the Father to seek out a way to make our lives worth living. 

Will this happen? I doubt it. Tomorrow, next month, a year from now, there will be still those wrapped up on their own world, blaming others, helping no one and hoping to get a quick fix and an easy life. Corruption will still take place, there will be still a generation of children being sacrificed for the almighty dollar, and we're still heading toward becoming a hedonist society bent on satisfying our own needs and expecting the government to protect our rights and yet remove them by deciding what's best for us and our money. 

Do I hope for change? Of course, but not by the hands of government but by my own in the people around me and those I influence in the future. I do hope that this historic moment will inspire little black boys and girls to realize that no one can hold you back from anything if you believe God can make it happen. Whether conservative, liberal or moderate, I hope that children will take note in that there is nothing to hold you back in this country but yourself and I hope it inspires them to stand up for whatever they believe in.  I hope that all children watching history being made and all those I hope to influence one day take note of that. I hope we can now as black people realize there is no longer any reason to act up or be ignorant, but to represent ourselves with class and dignity. I hope to not see anyone booty dancing on TV for Obama or pouring out liquor for they homies for those who can't see this. Remember, we gotta do better. All eyes are on us now. 

I do say that I pray that there won't be a backlash. Yes this country has  come a long way, but we still have a long way to go. There are still those who will see this as the beginning of some alleged race war and escalate racial hatred to another level. 

There is still a lot to do and now is not the time to rest on laurels but to work that much harder to make the dream a reality. 

I pray for the country as always, no matter who's in office. May God's will be done regardless. Peace.....I'm out....

S.O.T.P.: Waiting on the world to change by John Mayer