Holdin’ It Down … on Friday the 13th!

Happy Friday, All!

Please consider saying with me, “Thank God It’s Friday”! Okay enough of the “repeat after me” stuff … but I hope we all are grateful to make it here again today!

Having grown up being an African American male, I have had the pleasure of studying some of my ancestors history, and in particular, keeping abreast of some of the contemporaries, whether it be Marion Anderson or Dr. Cornell West! So, the theme of “holding it down” has taken on multiple meanings for me. When I used to coach basketball in White Plains, I used to tell the JV players to “hold it down” on the bus trips … sometimes even some of my students in the classroom, if they had gotten too rowdy! lol!

Yet, as I studied “our” history, I found many of us who had been held down, so to speak, by an oppressive system and the institution of slavery which was transformed into overt and covert racism. Now, I know I’m not telling you anything new about that … or anything else for that matter … but if you know me by now, you know I like to share anecdotal tidbits with you all from the spiritual side. So, I am leading up to a quotation for the day. Bare with me, please …

“As long as you keep a person down, some part of you has to be down there to hold him (her) down, so it means you cannot soar as you otherwise might.” – Marion Anderson

Same thing goes for mistakes ….

When you make a mistake, learn from it, resolve not to repeat it and then forget about it. You will feel better again. Do the same with others, instead of making their mistakes bigger, dissolve them in your mind and help them also to forget about them.
A sensible person does not criticise the mistakes of others, instead, he learns from them for the future. ( from “Thought for Today )

“Today, I will let go of my claims on others so I can be free to soar.” TOUCHSTONES, May 13

Have a great Friday the 13th and a wonderful weekend. After all, I am sure many of us who are still here today were born on the “13th”, as was I, and it occasionally falls on a Friday …. so be it!

Peace and much love,

John I. Cook, Director
Educational Excellence

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