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13403E4D7DB20000EB400002-attachment-1-1436007816317It gives me great pleasure, and an honor to offer a birthday wish to our great president. I know there are many who might not call him great. However, I would remind you that next to the guy before him; he is the great president ever. Honestly, that guy should be in jail! When he came into office the country was on the verge of collapse, wars were raging with no end in sight, the president before him and his partner in crime was only motivated with self-enrichment.

He brought the country back from near mass destruction. His job was made harder at every phase by the bigots who still can’t get over his complexion. Remember the bigoted “birther” thing! He began by saying “Yes We Can” and proved it with “Yes We Did.” Everybody black knows or was taught that if you are to survive being black in America, “you must be twice as good to get half as far.” Mr. Obama has shown the world, and he made it to the top becoming the most powerful man in the world.

This president won the Nobel Peace Prize after being in office only nine months, which is an honor that only three Presidents have received; President Theodore Roosevelt in 1906, President Woodrow Wilson in 1919 (while in office), and President Jimmy Carter, who was awarded the prize after leaving office in 2002. Mr. Obama is only the second sitting president and the third of all forty-four to be honored with this prize. Let me remind you that the last president only got a “shoe” thrown at him.

He has been and is much maligned and hated; called everything from Hitler to Nigger! Say what you will about him but my life has been better with him than the last guy. I can speak to the fact that I have seen one president assassinated, one resigning leaving office in disgrace, an actor who did not know his name in the end and leaving office with most of his cabinet going to jail for crimes. Not to mention, the last guy who has to be listed as one of the worse presidents. This president has not had a hint of scandal in eight years!

I would argue this fact with anyone that he changed the world with his presence, made history, and on this day I am thankful he was born – HAPPY BIRTHDAY MR. PRESIDENT! And that’s my thought provoking perspective…

A Birthday Reflection

On this day, November 27th, my birthday, I woke up in my right mind, I think, understanding that I have less time to live than ever before. As prophetic as that sounds, it is very true. However, I am so very grateful because I received a very special blessing, which was the gift of life. As I sat with a cup of java reflecting upon my journey, to this point, I am humbled by the many blessings I’ve received. I was born with nothing at a time when hope was a concept that was an unrealistic ideal for people of my hue. Yet, today I bare witness to a reality I never thought could happen – a Black Man as President – from the outhouse to the Whitehouse, as Jesse would say.

As I sit peacefully thinking about the phenomena that is my “Dash” I can only say Amen. What I mean by the “Dash” is this: on my final marker, like yours, there will be a beginning date, a dash, and an end date inscribed on the stone. In other word, the whole of my life will be contained within a tiny little “Dash”. As I continue to recount the time God has granted me, I subconsciously think about my mortality. Asking myself the ultimate question, if today was my last day, have invested enough equity into the contents of my “Dash”. For I know judgment will be based upon the work I’ve done.

During this wonderful journey I have endured mountains, milestones, and valleys that I have come to understand were not obstacles rather stepping stones that has made me stronger, in some cases whole, and surely a man. My life has not been unlike that of any other man, although challenging at times, the answer to those challenges was to have the will to survive and that means being accountable for life on life’s terms, and of course understanding that I have no control over life’s terms.

Life’s lessons have taught me that I can never plan the future by the past, which leads me to conclude that I don’t know what the future holds, but I know who holds the future. To live has only one purpose and that is reality. With that said, I thought these words were very appropriate to describe the rest of my life. I have only just a minute, sixty seconds in it, I did not choose it, can’t refuse it; it is up to me to use it, just a tiny little minute, but an eternity in it.

I am keenly aware that I stand on the shoulders of the ghost of many greats whose inspiration, courage, and motivation humble me, and I’m filled with gratitude that their example enriched my soul before they made their transition into the kingdom of heaven. So much so that in those times of trouble, when the bridges are hard to cross and the road gets rough, I hear their gentle voices reciting these words: “Fear not for we are with you.”

So I ask you, if someone were to tell the story concealed within your dash. What might they say?

Author of “Just a Season

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