Monday, October 22, 2012


Recently, I was asked the question in regards to purpose; it was stated in terms of how can we articulate purpose in a way to where it doesn't come off as too vague of an answer, especially when posed to children. It brought me back to a time when I would hear my baseball coaches tell me to "stay balanced" or "stay back" in teaching me how to hit. I would have conversations with friends about what does it really mean when we say "stay back"; or better yet, how do we really show these young athletes what we mean from our baseball philosophies? We concluded that a lot of coaches themselves didn't understand how to explain certain philosophies, though they exerted confidence in verbalizing them.

So, when we talk about purpose, how would I articulate it? First off, I believe there are two forms of purpose, the unknown and the known. The unknown is the Divine; the purpose set out by our Creator (that even though we question, we will never know or understand). The known is the one we have control over; the one we set in place.

In the search of finding purpose in our lives, we tend to ask the why and what; and oftentimes these questions are posed looking upwards. But, in dealing with the known, these questions must be asked inwardly. Why do I do what I do? What do I want my life to mean? Afterall, isn't that what we want in our lives? Meaning.

Personally, I would ask myself why do I do the things that I do, and I concluded that it is because I want to impact lives and change the world; so, I center my life and activities around many things that give me reason to keep pushing in that area. It becomes a motivating factor. After answering that question, I defined my purpose whereas my why, then, became my what, and that became what I wanted my life to mean- IMPACT. So, ultimately, it ends up becoming something that keeps you pushing no matter what, because when something has meaning, it gives you reason to persevere.

We have no control over the ultimate plan, but we have an input in our own walk. Though we may ask for meaning upwardly, we can define meaning inwardly; and if it is in accordance to His plan it will feel right.

God Bless

Monday, October 1, 2012

No fan of Propaganda

I am not a big fan of propaganda, period. Yet, we are bombarded with it everyday single day; and in the wake of this years presidential elections it is more evident than it has possibly ever been with the advent of social media and other sources that channels such information to us. I personally believe that the objective is to make zombies out of the people, and the brainwashing (better yet lobotomy) seems to work, because oftentimes we choose sides without having a true understanding of what we truly stand for, let alone our candidates.

I listen to all the conservative and liberal mumbo jumbo and can honestly conclude that many Americans stand in the middle. In some cases, conservatives can very much be confused as liberal, and liberals can be seen as being conservative. Sometimes, it is just a matter of what team you grew up rooting for.

Anyways, October 3, 2012, marks the first time the President and the Republican presidential nominee will appear on the stage together where we can get a direct comparison for what each other stands for. For some, it may be hard to be objective however there will be an opportunity for many to see who and what they are voting for.

These debates is not about rooting for sides. It about you. It about how your future and your children's future will be impacted. We are the accountable ones, because we are the ones who make the choice. So be informed.

Ultimately, I am for the people. I am for our actions. It all begins with us. A vote is not just a vote. It is not just a choice of candidacy; it is a choice of action. It is us saying that this is my first step to make a difference in not only my life, but the life of others. However, it doesn't stop with the vote. It continues with the feet to keep marching on. It continues with the voice to keep speaking up. It continues with the hands to keep reaching out. Propaganda can't do this because it cuts off half of you, it gives you one side (pun intended).

And please do not forget to vote!!!! If anything it is you saying that you are willing to take action.

God Bless