Sigh. I just finished pledging to post weekly and WHAM! Enter ten-day boot camp with zero personal time. I mean zero. I’ve just returned from the most transformational, sobering, love-filled, intense, dense, empowering, EXHAUSTING political boot camp training ever. So, I’ll post two close to each other then go back to weekly posts, God-willing.
Every day for ten days straight including weekends, I woke at 6 or 6:30am, was in meetings or class from 7am to 9:30pm, then worked on group homework projects until 2:30 or so. They worked us through lunch. They worked us through dinner.
I wish I could sum up what it was like but there was simply too much: I would kick myself for not journaling but there simply wasn’t time.
I did however take great notes during the sessions. The most powerful moment of the training for me was with the Honorable Congressman Elijah Cummings (MD). His nephew had just been murdered, shot at close range while sleeping a few weeks before.
Congressman Cummings explained that as he reviewed his nephew’s facebook page two things touched him: One, his nephew listed Congressman Cummings as number two behind MLK Jr. on his list of folks who inspired him; Two, a personal motto his nephew had written.
“Speak my mind, pour out my heart, love my soul.
John 15:16 Jesus, we are so pleased that we chose you, you are able to turn water into wine, to heal the sick, to walk on water. We are so happy that we chose to be with you. Jesus said, no you did not choose me, I chose you.
Speak your mind
At 60 years old, I am thoroughly convinced that everything that happened to me up until this moment prepared me for this moment.
This ain’t no accidental gathering: It’s meant for you to get to know the people in this room.
It’s not what you get out of here, it’s how you deal with it and how you allow it to deal with you.
Don’t live in a passed time paradise like the Stevie Wonder song.
It’s nothing like a person who don’t know what they don’t know.
Do not mistake a comma for a period.
Black people are the only ones I know who expect rejection.
Be informed. Come with a certain level of expectation. Have the right attitude.
Pouring out your heart is about being excellent: I felt that he had given us everything he had. We have to set the standard.
If you’re not willing to pour out your heart don’t do it. You have been chosen. Speak your mind. No one can be the expert that you have been. You are an expert in your experience.
If you’re not going to do what you do well, don’t do it. It would be a sin and a shame if people are depending on you and you let them down.
Love your soul.
I want to develop myself into someone I would want to fall in love with. You teach people how to treat you. If you’re not about the business of taking this and putting it on steroids it doesn’t matter. Boost it so you use it.
People respect you most and find you attractive most when they believe you love yourself. Love my soul so that I would fall in love with me.
Integrity: You can do some wrong stuff and no one may ever know you were lying. But that’s not what you should worry about. The most important person you need to worry about is you knowing. When someone can’t look you in the eye, there’s something they know that they don’t want you to know.
We have gotten away from the basics: Loving myself. Taking care of me.
Gardner Taylor’s response to interview question: What have you learned in our life what would you do differently?: ‘I would take more time to just think. To meditate on my life. More time to study my life. More time to get to know who I am. More time to just look in the mirror and say who is it that you’ve created God? Have I loved myself, have I carried out my purpose?’
If you discover your purpose for being on this Earth and are blessed enough to match up your purpose with your occupation, you are blessed.
I thank God that he has matched up my purpose with what I do.
Search for your purpose. And don’t be perpetratin’. Because the only person you hurt is you.
Remember you’ve been chosen.
Remember to speak your mind and develop yourself pour out your heart with excellence in everything you do.
Make sure you love your soul, and that you develop a soul that you want to love.
At 60 I’ve now lived longer than I will live. Your life is in front of you.
I love you with all my heart and I’m proud of you. No regrets.”
Man oh man. I was bawling.
I hope his words pull at you; speak to you as clearly as they did to me.
Yep, so that’s the motto… Speak your mind, pour out your heart, love your soul.
What words do you live by?
My next post will take you into some of mine, which are hanging in my office.
What moves you every time you read it?