I've read many articles and heard from so many regular "Joe's" that sound critical when evaluating President Obama's first 100 days in office, as if they must assess his works in some hodgepodge analytical, methodical fashion. Why? Let's turn the the critical eye around - so, what did you do during President's Obama's first 100 days in office? Here's what I did/do:
- INSPIRE - I've come across my fair share of "indifferent" folks, but I no longer fuel the flames of hate by feeding into the various levels of vitriol that I randomly encounter at work or in public places. I smile more. I face those that feel "indifferent" with more positive energy, and with a desire to inspire. I look for reasons to look at them in the eyes with a spirit of assertiveness and charity. I look to lift these views by being a better example, and despite our indifferences, I desire to be more impactful in life - by any means necessary.
- HOPE - I no longer deem mediocrity as a personal standard of success. I've been reading Russell Simmons "Do You" - I want to build more happiness and success in my overall life. It's just not enough to have swagger, you feel me?
- CONFIDENCE - Let's shorten that word... I CONFIDE with CONFIDENCE. I've learned to accept my shortcomings and pitfalls as important ingredients that comprise my makeup. So I share more of myself through writing and building relationships, but with more conviction. Why? Well, you never know how your adversity can inspire someone to look deeper at themselves. Change is an inevitable factor of life.
- BOND - When brothas encounter each other in public, you never quite know how to react. Things are different now. I feel that I am a part of a brotherhood, and I actually feel embraced. The non-verbal nod is in full effect nowadays. And when we used to think that it represented "Whattup with that dude nodding at me - is he gay??" We exert a style that is bigger and better than that. Have you noticed this at all?
I also fasted (successfully) for the first time. Does that count?
But let's not get it twisted - I still have work to do. For example, a few months ago, I contemplated sending a few priceless Dave Chappelle postcards to some of the most indifferent (racist) cats that I know. And what would the postcards say? "You're Forgiven - BIAAAATCHES!"
"If you judge people, you have no time to love them."
"Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities have crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with you old nonsense."
"To laugh often and love much,
To win the respect of of intelligent people and the affection of children,
To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends.
To appreciate beauty.
To find the best in others.
To leave the world a bit better - whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition.
To know one life has breathed easier because you have lived...
this is to have succeeded.
-R.W. Emerson/ B. Stanley