Your Greatness is a Decision Away

great-thinkersIn all my years of being on this planet, there is one strike of light that seems to be turned on more than in any other subject matter. And, while most people my age are thinking about retiring, I am digging deeper to fully discover myself and my true potential. The longer I live, visit other countries and meet new people, the more I notice what appears to be a common thread among mostly everyone. This is especially true among those living in the atmosphere and mindset of western culture. That thread is a deep inner fear of unveiling who they really are and the things they are potentially able to perform.


It seems like people are frightened of the sheer fact of being who they would really like to be. Many of these people continue to live out their years under the guise of other people’s thoughts and expectations of them. This mindset is like a double edged sword. These people are too afraid to move into the consciousness of who they truly are, and too terrified of losing their friends and love ones if they were to move towards changing their lives. Now this is actually living life between a rock and a hard place.

Each person must at some point in their life, come to the realization that they are capable of greatness. Otherwise, the greatness they are capable of will never be realized during their life time. This is not arrogance, but the humility necessary to acknowledge your status on this planet. You must own who you are. Greatness should be an effortless accomplishment. Instead, it is an absurd notion that a person of assumed limited capability can even think of such a thing.

A person who refuses to stand up and be noticed is really doing not only themselves an injustice, but the entire world. To recognize your unique status on Earth is to realize that this power is in you, but not of you. A person doesn’t have less potential greatness residing in them than any other person. We all have different gifts. Some people use a greater proportion of their believability with their gift. It is the same gift, but with greater usage ability than mediocrity.

Reflect for a moment, on the people who have exploded out of the fabric of pure possibility. People, such as Shakespeare, Leonardo da Vinci, Einstein, Martin Luther King Jr., and Ben Franklin…now, imagine your name is among this list of great possibility thinkers and doers. It is hard to imagine all the extraordinary talent that has been wasted among oppressed people, including women—talent that did not rise because the social condition didn’t make it possible. Think of the talent in all people, regardless of race or color—abilities that we have yet to see on this planet because we have not given ourselves the permission to stand in our greatness.

I believe that we have arrived at this moment for such a time as this…to make a difference by first accepting our own greatness without comparison, and to believe in the inherent power God has placed in us. The first person who has to listen to you, is you. Speak out loud, make yourself known, and shine. Even the Bible says to let your light shine. Shine your spotlight on someone and rescue them from the darkness of their self-defeated mentality. Arise; the glory of God has risen upon you.


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In The Hunt For One Thing!

200-one-thing What does Tiger Woods, Donald Trump, Michael Jordan, Warren Buffet, Oprah Winfrey, Mark Victor Hansen, and Dr. Ben Carson all have in common?

I know; you may agree with the fact that they are all rich and famous. And, you are absolutely correct in your personal assumption. You could even say that each of these individuals have achieved something notable. I will not argue with you about that. However, there is something else…a quality that these and other not-so-rich and famous people have acquired. They have all discovered the one personal characteristic that billions of people have yet to discover. You heard correctly, I said Billions with a B.


People spend their entire lives thinking of what could make them happy. Regrettably, over ninety percent of the population thinks having more than enough money would make them the happiest people on the planet. I personally differ with that opinion. I am not saying that these people do not know what they want, but what I am saying, is that they haven’t the faintest idea of what they need to actually fulfill their lives. The only reason an overwhelming percentage of the population, especially those living in the United States, feel like money is the solution to their misery is because they have not discovered their true passion. Hundreds of people have won hundreds of thousands and even tens to hundreds of millions of dollars in some lottery game, and yet in five years or less, close to eighty percent of those winners are broke.

The previous list of people I mentioned, have one thing in common, and it’s not money. What they all have in common is that they have discovered the one thing that lights up their eyes more than money itself. Money is important but not that important. It’s just unfortunate that in this nation, money is how we keep score. Purpose, destiny, passion and/or a dream is more valuable than money itself to those who breathe their ‘one’ thing. It is what keeps them getting up in the morning when nothing is going right for them.

When you realize what it is you were called to do, you’ll find that you would rather be happy in the right place doing what you love, with hardly anything going right for you at that moment, than to be in the wrong place and feeling miserable when everything is picture perfect. You can never be yourself until you know yourself.

“The people who make it to the top – whether they’re musicians, or great chefs, or corporate honchos – are addicted to their calling … [they] are the ones who’d be doing whatever it is they love, even if they weren’t being paid.”

~Quincy Jones

So, have you discovered what it is you were called to do? Some people can have an inkling of their true calling, but for them there are too many obstacles, too many distractions, and too many people standing in their way. The cost is too much for them to pay and they feel they have too much to lose.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said something so profound in one of his speeches that when I read it, it dropped deep within my soul and exploded and I have never recovered from this truth, neither do I ever want to recover. This quote helped me to focus my life with purpose and escape the mediocrity of a blurred vision.

“Deep down in our non-violent creed is the conviction there are some things so dear, some things so precious, some things so eternally true, that they’re worth dying for. And if a man happens to be 36-years-old, as I happen to be, some great truth stands before the door of his life–some great opportunity to stand up for that which is right.
A man might be afraid his home will get bombed, or he’s afraid that he will lose his job, or he’s afraid that he will get shot, or beat down by state troopers, and he may go on and live until he’s 80. He’s just as dead at 36 as he would be at 80…”

~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

Never, ever apologize for doing what you love and what you believe you are called to do, even if what you love doesn’t meet the specifications of a loved one. Never settle for a paycheck to ignore your passion…which has no equal value to your dream-worth. And, never let anyone talk you out of what you believe God has placed deep down in your heart. What you know to do in your heart has greater value and purpose than what you think you know to do with your life.

If I were you, I would not rest from my search of discovering my purpose until I was totally convinced of what I was created to perform on this planet, or life just will not have the same worth.


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Inauguration History

This time…

January 20, 2009, America will swear into office a new president. This time, this inauguration will be different from any other inauguration in the history of this country. It will represent not only the changing of the guard but the symbol of change for an American culture.
The previous presidents, bred from a Caucasian heritage, will be shattered by the most provocative change since the Emancipation Proclamation.

The liberty that came to black slaves was not won primarily by the votes of the representatives of the American people, but by the unswerving nature of a people who fought and defended the right to believe that all men are created equal.

President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863, as the nation approached its third year of a bloody civil war. America was involuntarily forced to change when an enslaved people were unleashed onto American soil to explore an innate potential to become anything they wanted to be. Black people were still held back from many of the privileges that were afforded to Caucasian Americans. This time, Blacks had the constitutional right to fight against a system that denied them of the American dream. This fight gave birth to a man who led a revolt without weapons—a man reverently called, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

He fought with the intangibles such as intellect, wisdom, perseverance and courage. Never in the history of Black America was a fight predicated on a dream—the American Dream. He led Blacks and some Civil Rights supporting Caucasians into the most violent nonviolent protest in American history. African Americans marched their way into beatings, hangings, shootings; and for what! So that equality could be realized and dreams can come true. Dr. King’s dream of the American Dream has now blanketed the highest office in America. Barak Obama will be a dream come true for the many that died, bled, cried, prayed, and suffered for this once in a lifetime event.

America is great, but not on its own merits. Americans of all races have made this country what it is and what she is now experiencing. America did not vote for an African American president, the American people did. Now, the American people must return to its rich religious roots for why this country was founded, and pray!

Pray to the Almighty God to strengthen our new President who happens to be African American. Lord, help our president to hear your heart for our nation.

During the Civil War, a friend of Abraham Lincoln was a visitor at the White House and saw the President kneeling over an open Bible and he prayed:

Oh, Thou God that heard Solomon in the night when he prayed and cried for wisdom, hear me. . . . I cannot guide the affairs of this nation without Thy help. Hear me and save this nation.

When the leaders of our country assembled to write the Constitution, Benjamin Franklin proposed that each session be opened with prayer. Franklin said,

I have lived a long time, and the longer I live the more convincing proof I see of this truth–that God governs the affairs of men.

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