Monday, July 18, 2005

Finding Neverland

I'm sure everyone remembers Peter Pan saying, "I won't grow up," but, have we really thought about the symbolism that line has on our lives? As we grow, we see the world with larger eyes. We see the bad and the ugly, which many times fit into the equation on what we will do in our lives. Whereas, when we were younger, when we wanted to do something, we did it because we believed we could and didn't care about any obstacle that may come our way.

Y'all know, I'm constantly thinking about stuff! As I continue to read my Purpose Driven Life, a couple things have been pointed out to me. Lately, I have been doing some of the things I wanted to do, yet discovering even more things that I haven't begun to do because of my lack of belief in myself.

It's so funny how many times I'm on an all-time high on life. Feeling as though I'm unstoppable and what some G-Life members would say "Fierce." Then there are the very few moments when doubt develops on top of life's goals and relationships. Kinda like a pizza with way too much garlic. You know the pizza underneath the garlic is great, but because of the overwhelming amount of garlic you don't want any of piece of it. You could simply, gently wipe some of the garlic off, but you don't feel like it(laziness). So, you continue to go on hungry or order another slice. At this point in my life, I've thrown many slices in the garbage and I'm hungry.

Last night, I reread my Mis-Educated post. I wrote:

I tell my youth group all of the time, "the blood that runs through your veins is strong. Our ancestors were the strong ones that survive being captured from Africa and brought over to America under harsh measures. They over came slavery and fought during the civil rights movement. We must continue their legacy."

Black people are beautiful. Many of us have persevered through life's shortcomings. We have black millionaires who grew up on welfare and even a multi-platinum selling former drug dealer shot 9 times. LOL. Every single time, I see the Oprah Winfrey Show or just see an photograph of Sista Winfrey, a sharp object is pierced on my backside, urging me to conquer my struggles. Sista Winfrey's story, personifies what hard work and determination can get you.

But I wonder, whatever happened to the sky being the limit? How many times have you heard or read, "If you work hard enough, you can do anything?" In fact, how many times have you ever believed that you really could do anything? For me, there have been many times. When it comes time to actually go forward, most of us are besieged with the fear of discouragement, uncertainty and failure.

At these hard times, hope has disappeared. "But, what do you do when you've done all you can and it seems like you can't make it through? You just stand!" Well, I have been 'standing' in the need of prayer, seeking strength and guidance. Life on earth is too short. We must make the best of it! I think knowing yourself is the element of believing.

As I searched for my purpose, I drove to a place talking with this older man. He looked very familiar. I was amazed with his life story and the inner/outer beauty that he possessed. This brotha lived a great life that served as an inspiration to people all over the world. He informed me on discovering the love of his life and how their kids achieved beyond their successes. He testified about some of the hardest periods of his life. I told him, "I know I couldn't make it through his storms." He put his hand on his face like he was Macaulay Culkin in Home Alone and with huge smile, he said, "I am you at the end of the road."

So, lets not anticipate life's battles. They are going to come whether you are a couch potato or a busy bee.

I don't know about y'all, but I want to believe. Peter said, "If you really believe, clap your hands and you will fly." I'm clapping loud and fast. Can you see me? I'm up in the sky!


At 4:20 PM, Blogger Ricky said...

Never thought about Peter Pan in that context. Everytime I see or hear Oprah it nudges me what I can do. Her story and what we know about the journey she took to get where she is today is phenomenal and lets us as people we can do anything as long as long as we expand our borders and not be fearful so we can fly. Again thanks for that.

At 4:53 PM, Blogger Quaheem said...

Co sign on everything you just said....But I would add one element...

It's one thing to realize that life and it's possibilities are LIMITLESS...but it's another thing to FINALLY realize what unique contribution it is that you are going to make to human kind...

Have you thought about what makes you unique as individual? (I am SURE you have)...And have you begun to draw the connection between this individual uniqueness and the rest of the world?

Although those are simple questions..they are SOOO hard to to answer at times...

But I am with u in the struggle man..

At 9:36 PM, Blogger jimmy woo said...

two P's for you: Patience and Perserverance.

At 3:48 AM, Blogger Trent Jackson said...

I posted my Tuesday post before I read yours...

I am going to get my purpose driven life today. (Tuesday)

I admire and appreciate your motivation of others...

I love the way that you simplify things...your analogies are just so like...I always have a "duh" moment when I read them because it's like-hey you know that...why aren't you doing it.

Your approach is so dynamic. You make it very clear that you are just like everyone else, going through the struggle, finding your place, and finding out what it is to make you happy and I love that about you...and you are superb for that!

I am truly grateful for this post.

At 8:29 AM, Blogger plotty said...

very good post and one i needed to hear today. thanks.

At 10:22 AM, Blogger ShawnQt said...

You actually made a tear fall down my face... thank you, I needed that.

At 2:24 PM, Blogger Chosen Brotha said...

Damn...WHY ARE YOU IN MY HEAD!!!! I was just thinkin about that. The direction that I want my life to go in has been weighing heavy on my mind lately. I'm just don't know what I really want to do. I have ideas, but nothing definitive. What can I do to help the political, social, and economic plight of black people? If anyone knows, please let a brotha know. Your post is so on point and much appreciated. I'll have to cop that book.
Be Blessed

At 2:26 PM, Blogger PISTACHIO JOE said...

i see ya flappin ya wings

i'm feelin u too, i got a new pair of eyes after my "40 days" of that book.

im conscience of every thing i say to everybody now cause i know i have an impact on this earth with everyone i come in contact with. people don't realize the power that we have.

ain't it good to notice for the first time your potential? all the endless possibilities?

it's like runnin around in some new air force one's.

At 8:19 AM, Blogger Holiday N said...

That was inspiring.I think everybody has their own version of "making it" because mines has nothing to do with money at all.Which makes me wonder if Oprah feels she "made it"?I guess in the real NeverNever Land my dream is to be like Oprah and portray Tinkerbell and help people fly.
Thanks for the b-day shout out,I appreciated that.


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