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.

I Have A Dream…

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The great Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. had a dream of Freedom…a dream for equality…a dream for brotherhood…A dream for us to understand and live the meaning of loving one another…bringing forth a world of tolerance and peace.

I have a dream…what if you started with you…to bring about an enlightened change in the world, that delivered Dr. King’s dream?

You can do it…begin with you…it isn’t hopeless, it isn’t far…it isn’t an impossible dream…if you become the change you would like to see in the world.

YOU ARE the difference!

You are the magic…You…are the dream. Now…is your time to be that reachable star…Now is the time to realize the dream….

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Today is his day…

Tomorrow…is yours.

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Year One…Day 10… Equals…Day One….

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Again…we are back to the beginning…

What can heal us in these turbulent and troubling times ahead? More chaos and dissention is definitely not the answer… What makes division so attractive to the melodic tones of peace and tranquility?

Year One, day 10 equals Day One…another opportunity to set the world right! So much power in the palm of your hand…in the recesses of your heart…in the essence of your being!  If only our limited understanding could comprehend and embrace it with every atom that comprises our presence in this world… Will we ever? Can we see past our obstacles and cluttered vision to grasp with clarity?

Everyday in America, we can change the course of a stray bullet…an unkind word…or an entity filled with hatred…

We can soothe a hungry man, woman or child… with food to strengthen their hunger, physically as well as spiritually… We can shelter a homeless someone…with the warmth of a blanket in many forms… Nurture and embrace a motherless child…Walk a mile in someone’s shoes… to familiarize yourself of how fortunate you really are…once you can feel their burden and pain!

We are not lost in the wilderness…we are lost in illusions of our own making….

We know the key…Day One…Year One…Day 10 equals 1+0 = 1…Day One was the beginning…Day One God Created…His Day One began with…Love.

Begin again…with Love. Love transforms…Love creates miracles…Love is magic…When will you discover and understand? Love is not carnal…love is not a “feeling.”

Love is infinity…Love…is all there IS.

It is…the Alpha and the Omega…the source of all…the key to all creation…the answer to eternity…

Year One…Day One.

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Good Friday…What’s Good About It?

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When you reflect upon Good Friday…What’s really good about it? It was perhaps the worst day in the history of mankind in revealing his true nature…it ran the gambit from betrayal…denial of knowing…selling for 100 pieces of silver…doubting miracles…jealousy…envy…discrediting…maligning…lying…defiling of Temples…to the eventual taking of the Messiah’s life.

What does God see in us that we cannot see in ourselves? All of man’s corruptions then, are still going on now…magnified in their horrific intensity and visited upon the innocent and just without conscious or remorse…day in and day out…just as it was visited upon the Christ nearly 2000 years ago.

What was good about that Friday so long ago, is that Jesus did not walk away from the promise of His being…dying for the sins of the world gave man everlasting life…

Can man be saved? Is Mankind worth such a selfless sacrifice? Has much changed with the passage of time since the inception of Good Friday?

Be still…hold silent…quiet your chaos and hear the voice of God…

Good Friday…what’s so good about it? You’re still here! Imagine…where you would be…if God gave up on you….

Amen.

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Do You Have A Dream?

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Today, we honor a man who had a dream of peace for all…He saw a future where diversity was respected, honored and celebrated…where all people were created equal and treated as equals…where love was the glue that bound everyone and everything that was good, together.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

He honored his dream and vision by giving his life…

Do you have a dream? Is it selfless…is it universal…does it bring together humanity in a humbling of hearts and a passion for peace? Can your dream be realized in your lifetime? Do you have purpose? Are you willing to sacrifice, even give your life for your dream?

Imagine…if you lived inside a box with no hope of ever realizing and envisioning a world of love…peace…freedom…liberty…justice…for all.

Imagine…a world without hope…a world without compassion…a world without a clue…open your eyes, is this the world you imagined?

Martin had a dream…

I have a dream…

Do you have a dream?

Let us join in Martin’s dream…let us dream the dream of a nation and a world…at peace.

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