New Year’s Eve 2017…Time For Another Year-End Clearance…

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Here we are again…another year ending.  Time for reflection. Time for the yearly recap…Time for another year-end clearance.  Every December 31st the ritual begins.  Out with the old, in with the new…the new…the new.  Is it really going to be a new year? Or just a rehashing of the old year brought into the New Year?

Looking back on the year 2017, and remembering some of my adventures on my journey through the past twelve months, I recall an incident which occurred on December 5th.  A co-worker instigated what was called later, a “verbal altercation.”

The saddest part of what I witnessed was that the person he approached was blamed for the incident he escalated due to his agitation, lack of focus and insensitivity to their feelings.  It came out later that he was indeed not on the same page as the person had told him.  I watched him become increasingly defensive when that was brought to his attention.

I watched as this young man rallied his coworkers to defend his behavior.  They did, painting him as the victim and the other person as the abrasive and loud perpetrator who attacked and embarrassed him, without reason.

The crowning blow of this travesty was their director.  She never asked the person who was really the victim their side of the story.  The true victim sent an email to the director saying that she had a conversation with the young man, there seemed to be some confusion, and asked to discuss the incident with her… The director ignored her email and approached the young man who initiated the “verbal altercation”, the coworkers, and others, outside of the department, never once approaching the recipient of the young man’s agitation and escalation, and began to build a “stereo-typical” event of character displays always present, in people of color.

The young man, who is a supervisor, had a conversation with me and disclosed that he was under a lot of pressure and overwhelmed by his duties, and didn’t have time for much else, which distressed him.  He admitted to me that he wasn’t on the same page as the coworker he confronted, however, there were things that were mentioned by the person, like their job description, which he felt was inappropriate.  He had mentioned his job description and saw nothing wrong with it, but found fault with his coworker using it to clarify a job duty in their “conversation.”

The coworker, who was going to resign due to lack of work next year, tendered their resignation after a meeting with the director, who would not listen to the employee’s story of what happened, and started to ‘create justifications’ involving the person as changes in their behavior!

The person who resigned was a person of color, and an older female.  The young man involved was not a person of color.  This story is detrimental to our year-end clearance…

My credentials include being a Legal Redress Chair for the NAACP, and a Board Member of the ACLU. As such, my training has given me specific criteria in determining human and civil rights violations.  I also witnessed in this workplace, a female coworker, not of color, create dissention between her and several coworkers and a director of an adjoining department, and she was given the benefit of the doubt, and mentored by the same director who shutout the older female person of color, until the director of the adjoining department barred this employee from working on any projects from her department, shutting down the workflow to the offensive employee.

This incident culminated last December 2016.  The director gave the disruptive employee time to look for another job, keeping her through Christmas, and when she found a job in early January 2017, she allowed the employee to resign, rather than being fired.

The employee of color resigned on December 7th, two days after the alleged verbal altercation she was named as having instigated, without any support from her director or her “team” which she  faithfully supported.

Out with the old…in with the new.  If we do not examine ourselves and truly work on real change, by changing the old which define our actions, as well as ourselves…new years will never be new…just rehashing the old, destructive elements which divide and conquer humanity; laying waste to any possibilities of peace on earth…goodwill toward all…and a planet attempting to heal from ongoing wars and the constant onslaught of depletion and pollution of her resources.

Clear out the old…this is the moment of your “year-end clearance.” Hold back nothing.  Clean the slate, don’t just “clear it.” Be true to yourself and work on breaking old habits and destructive beliefs, and work on and welcome change… Until we genuinely work on ridding our hearts, minds and spirits of that which “steals, kills and destroys,” new years will come and go without much more than ritual fanfare…without much hope…with ongoing excessive, old baggage being rearranged under the guise of “new.”

Walk into the New Year…don’t trip into it…don’t fall into it…your year-end clearance is now…Tomorrow is a new year, Embrace it with a renewed you! It all begins with you…

On second thought, JUMP!!!

God has given all of us the gift of free-will…with free-will, we can create…Let us create a new future, beginning with this new year…

Peace…Love…Change…Brotherhood of Humanity…Protect our Planet…we are ready…we are receptive…

Enter, 2018…we are NEW, we welcome you!!!

God Bless us all…everyone and everything which gives us the ability to be Bringers of Light and Change…and Love.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!

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Peace On Earth…Goodwill Towards Men…

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Christmas Day, December 25, 2017…What does it mean, “Peace on Earth, Goodwill Towards Men?” In all of Christmases past, have we ever practiced the true meaning of these words? Why is it only a phase that comes out but once a year?  Why isn’t it goodwill towards every human being on earth; men, women and children alike? Can we also extend this goodwill and peace toward our planet and all living things supporting life in any capacity of betterment?

We must return to the message and the purpose which gave birth to this phrase….Peace on Earth…Goodwill towards men…

How far have we ventured away from any possibility of Peace? From Goodwill towards anyone, including ourselves? Do we know who we are…where

we’ve been and where we’re going?  Have we gained any insights at all into our connectivity to one another? Goodwill towards men…

Rediscover compassion…love…brother and sisterhood…humanity…peace…goodwill…environment… Mother Earth….

Father Time is ticking…will this be our last Christmas to understand? Putting off tomorrow what needs to be practiced today…is having its consequence.

Give with all of your heart and soul…Love…Peace…Goodwill, to everyone and preserve our home…our Earth.  Christmas Day, December 2018, hangs in the balance.  Everything begins with you.

Peace on Earth…Goodwill Towards All!

Merry Christmas, Baby.

Does America Deserve Trump?

When evil doings are allowed to prevail over truth, assisted with the full cooperation of our governmental systems, not only has our systems failed, along with them exit sovereign integrity everywhere.

The exchanges made to uphold tangible objects over morality have damned humanity forever…

America was envisioned as a place free from persecution, oppression, prejudices of any kind, discrimination, religious restriction, and proclaimed a land of second chances for those who went askew of the laws in their native lands, and a land of opportunity with the fulfillment of dreams to all who sought a new life upon entering her shores…

Equality. Liberty. Freedom…at last. Not so…not so!

Lest we call near extermination and Reservation encampment of our Native American brothers and sisters, equality, liberty, and freedom…still denying their rights to their land by authorizing the encroaching  pipelines, without a thought to their survival, health or welfare…

Equality…liberty…freedom…is that what we call the enslavement, gratuitous lynching, legalized genocide, continued denial of Civil and Human Rights to our Black American brothers and sisters, and their enslaved African Ancestors, brought here from their country, in chains?! We did not learn from the Holocaust of Nazi Germany?! Another has risen and been in continuous operation…because of “difference of appearance” among the status quo…

How do we account for the mistrust of Japanese Americans, who came to and settled in America to have their dreams of equality, liberty and freedom realized? Their loyalties were recognized by placing over 100,000 in internment camps…stripped of their dignity and the lives they built for themselves, here…due to Japan’s actions in WWII…The operative word completely overlooked…”Americans.” Japanese by heritage…yet, Americans!

Executive order 9066, signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on February 19, 1942, changed lives forever… Sixty-two percent of the internees were American citizens.

In 1988, President Ronald Reagan signed into law the Civil Liberties Act, which apologized for the internment and authorized a $20,000 payment to every surviving internee… it was admitted that the government actions were based on “race prejudice, war hysteria and a failure of political leadership.”

This travesty began February 19, 1942…lasting until March 20, 1946…

February is Black History Month…

Emmett Till…Trayvon Martin…Michael Brown Jr. …Tamir Rice…Sandra Bland… and the endless stream of men, women and children  who have become a part of Black History… because race prejudice is still alive and ongoing in the “land of the free.”

Does America deserve Trump?

“Number 45” has demonstrated an all too familiar pattern with his Republican constituents and cabinet picks who embody the tradition of “race prejudice, war hysteria and failure of political leadership.”   Let’s also add “devoid of any political leadership or political leadership skills.”

It is one thing to change the political face of a governing party…what we are witnessing are the deep seeded roots of dysfunctionalism and destruction born out of hatred, insecurities, greed and a quest for power so intense, that the “Republican Regime” is willing to sink a nation and further induce chaos in a world that is on the brink of exploding…

We must rise above the pettiness…we must look at our past…we must remember…we must not be complicit and turn a blind eye to the “elephants” trampling our liberties and our freedom…we must defend our brothers and sisters under siege…Look in the mirror…they are us, and we are them…they are our family…they are our children…they are human beings…we are humanity first, and Americans, second.

Without our humanity…there are no Americans…without humanity, there are no Canadians…British…French…Italians…Danish…Egyptians….Irish…Africans…All continents would perish…

Somewhere…somehow, we have managed to have enough love to keep us here…somewhere…somehow…we must find enough love to save what makes us beautiful and worth saving to those who have already given their lives before us…who have left their dreams behind for us to maintain…and protect to longevity.

The greatness of America is in the diversity of her people… the richness of America is reflected in the collective contributions of her immigrant population and Native American infusion.

Does America deserve Trump and the Republican Regime?

Let us not sink into darkness by allowing the worst of us to convince us that we must take the road back to antiquity….

RESIST.

Year One…Day One…2017

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Here we are…Today we awakened to a brand new day and a brand new year.  What hopes and expectations will be realized?

2017…Year One…January 1st…Day One…carry over nothing…and begin anew.  The world can have a fresh beginning…you can have a fresh beginning…if you leave your baggage behind, and shed your old skin for your new “set of clothes.”

While you’re at it, give yourself a new attitude and a new agenda. Bathe yourself in spiritual truth and arm yourselves with clear and balanced emotions.  Clean up your clutter and clear the way for putting your contributions into motion toward constructing a future with promise!

2017 is presenting itself as an interactive new year…a year of “hands on” change. The shackles of yesteryear have no place in 2017, and the future this year will build.

What do you see? A better place for your children? A world which celebrates the gift of diversity? A whole and flourishing worldwide environment, healing from the  leaching of our planet? Humanity finally embracing peace and unity?

Year One…Day One, is the place to begin…. Resignation of yourself does not have a place in 2017.  What was, is not “now.” Remember…you hold the power of change…you have been given a New Year, to make a difference….the “old” has given way to the “new.” Every second is fluid and subject to change…

Be the change you would like to see in the world…Be the man or woman in the mirror…Realize the dream…Gandhi…Michael Jackson and Martin Luther King  left behind these seeds…2017 can be the soil in which they take hold…each and everyone of us can make it so!

2017…Year One…Day One…our time to build….

 

Christmas Day 2016

66c47509a4fae6606a1fba5fa438a878Christmas Day 2016 will be unlike any other…Today is a day to focus in on the true meaning of Christmas, and make it a part of your daily living from this day forward.

God’s Promise to Mankind was kept over 2000 years ago, to deliver a Savior…A Savior who came into the world to bring forth a miraculous way of living that would transform any obstacle…in the blink of an eye!  That “way” is love.  In His many demonstrations, this savior ultimately  delivered the belief His Father had in the salvation of mankind, by laying down His life for our gift of everlasting life…

Each Christmas that we are here to celebrate the great sacrifice of “The Lamb of God,”  we are enabled to carry forth this beautiful, selfless legacy by loving one another, as He so loved us, by giving love in words, thoughts and deeds, with deep commitment and reverence to Him…in selfless abandon.

We must never forget the true meaning of Christmas…examine your day today and ask yourself, “Did I give this Christmas in such a way, that I truly changed a life in giving love selflessly, without thought as to what I would get in return?”

Love without a price tag is a miracle within itself. Celebrating the true meaning of Christmas is a transformation of life itself!

Christmas Day 2016, is the last Christmas to show God’s love for us in the way you show your love for others…Have ears to hear and eyes to see…Rejoice…Behold…Be Love…Renew in this miracle…in this time…in this moment! Lift up the day that Christ was born…Give the selfless gift of love…..

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To Bear Witness …

2C78D09200000578-3243393-image-a-90_1442847432349 Come one…come all, Little Children…and bear witness to the final countdown of the last days…

The end of hope for a nation and a world of all men living the dream of equality. Be not afraid, for this demise will bring forth a new beginning and a new understanding of all things… It is the dawning of a new tomorrow…

Behold the “Second Fall of Man” through man’s inhumanity to man.  ISIS cuts off heads…our justice system cuts out hearts. There is no lesser of the two atrocities…save for the apathy of the ages…it is the shroud which cloaks our hearts and souls, and renders us stone cold to the suffering around us…and the suffering we create…

Come, Little Children… Bear witness…take up your cross…and shoulder the burden of injustice and despair that Mankind continues to pour upon one another….

“Baby Bella” is dead… The songs , the flowers, and the “after-anger” is not going to bring her back.  The most tragic truth of this entire occurrence is that Baby Bella did not have to die!

Discovered in a plastic bag washed ashore on Deer Island in Boston Harbor, in June of this year…Despite an artist’s portrait displayed everywhere in an attempt to identify her and have someone come forward to claim her, she laid for three months, without the slightest regard of her missing from somewhere…from someone.  No calls…no police reports…no missing reports… How could someone so fragile be so unloved and held with such horrific disregard? For three months she was not “Baby Bella”, she was “Baby Doe.”

Who killed Baby Bella? Everyone did…yes, all of us!

Perhaps for the record, it was Michael McCarthy and Rachelle Bond…However, we all know that everyone failed Baby Bella.  Everyone. Those around her failed her directly.  Those not around her failed her indirectly.  Failure indirectly is anytime you witness anyone in a harmful or potentially harmful situation, and you do nothing…you contribute not only to that person’s (or persons) inevitable harm, but every person that is not in your range, because you condone the act before you, by doing nothing!

It is especially egregious when facts are known, and nothing is done about it.  Every time a child dies from abuse, neglect or abandonment, we are held accountable…no matter how much we try to make excuses, or wash away the guilt.

All the afterthoughts, gestures, and cries of horror and disgust will never erase the truth of this travesty from our hearts or our minds…or ever cleanse the guilt from the souls of us who know…those of us who know and have witnessed those who turn away…those who turn their backs…every time we say, “It’s none of my business,” “I’m not getting involved,” “I’m staying out of it,” “It is what it is,” “That’s too bad,” “I am only concerned with my life.” You know the words and the non-action of “apathy,” they have been visited by everyone…over and over again…time after time!

Baby Bella is dead because no one stood vigilant.  No one took action to save her.  No one cared…and no one cared enough.

The road to absolution is travelled in standing up…speaking out…and taking action…for every human being. Color doesn’t matter…Age doesn’t matter…Creed doesn’t matter…Race doesn’t matter…Religion doesn’t matter…Gender identity or preference doesn’t matter…all prejudices, bias, and derogatory thoughts have no place here! We must understand that our being here on this planet was conceived by an act of Love by One greater than we would like to imagine we are!

The judgments we have made will be done unto us…the apathy we dispense, will be dispensed unto us…Bear witness…understand…bear witness.  A human being in distress…that’s all one needs to behold.

Be ever vigilant and watchful…Baby Bella’s needless and untimely death will not have been in vain, if you are vigilant and committed to the gift of life going on around you.  Own up to it.  Accept accountability. Vow never to let it happen again…to anyone!

Songs…flowers…blame…excuses for non-action…this is not the way to Absolution…Stand up. Speak out. Take action.  Baby Bella can be anyone of us…at any given moment!

Bear Witness…Honor Baby Bella’s short visit too this world and remember…Stand up. Speak out. Take action.  The course and the eventual fate of all humanity is in our hands….

“Do the right thing.  It will gratify some people and astonish the rest.” – Mark Twain

A Day It Was!

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It was a day today! Yes it was…I wonder if we will every get back to a space and place in time when the spirit is calm and the heart is willing.  We have lost the real meaning of self.  It is not to be “selfish” it is to be “selfless.”

How can we preserve what is good about humanity if the savage beast continues to rage within? What a day it was, when freedom meant something more than seven letters in a word.

Everyday in America someone wins…and someone loses…and it is usually the person who cares the most and has the most to lose…it isn’t money or possessions…it’s “self.”

Can we save the “soul of self?”

A day it was when we could sleep without a care….

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