Anger Management and President’s Day!

Happy President’s Day!!!

Now, I hope that most of you got the day off … ’cause I have to go to work … not complaining, just stating the facts!

Here’s to hoping your weekends went well! Mine was pretty peaceful and all … still recovering from some “bumps and bruises” and stitches in my right knee and left shin, which will be removed tomorrow. That’s the least of my problems; yet, I must deal with it. The interesting thing is that the Night Hawk had minimal damage – my right mirror was scratched but not broken; my right hand grip and hand brake lever was scraped and bent but not broken; my front blinker cover was broken but not the light bulb inside; and, the foot brake lever and footrests were bent and scratched respectively, while the front head light casing was scratched but not broken! The Night Hawk lives!!! I went to price some parts and order a few this weekend … not too expensive … but I am alive!!! Peace be still . . .

Here of late, I always try to maintain my cool and not get involved in any negative conversations. My spirit feels so much better when I am using my mind and heart for loving peaceful interactions with others … in particular, with myself. While I was pretty upset that no one returned my wallet, which had my driver’s license, bank and credit card, motorcycle registration and about $150.00, I tried not to let it get me down. I thought that the person might take the money and at least return the wallet, as I had my Post Office Box information inside as well as a few business cards. So, I got a new cell phone with the Android logo and touch screen and spent hours trying to figure it out and even went to the Metro PCS store for a tutorial Saturday morning!

Saturday afternoon, we had the Black History Month Panel Discussion at the African American Research Library and Cultural Center on Sistrunk Blvd. in Ft. Lauderdale, FL with Mr. Desmond Hannibal. Our competition, so to speak, was Whitney Houston’s live coverage of her funeral. I watched it and wept a bit from home as I got ready for the Panel Discussion which was to begin at 2:30PM. We had a total of 8 people including Mr. Hannibal and myself. Our group was diverse and included a young gent of 19 and a “snow bird” couple from New York. We started around 3:15pm since the funeral was being played on the tv in the reception area of the library and we watched intently. Our discussion focused on African Heritage, the Civil Rights Movement and major players as well as the influence of the Black Muslim movement on “Black America”, if you will. We plan to follow up and design some activities at other libraries through out Broward County.

I spent Sunday lounging around and watching NBA basketball! What a fine option to being angry, right?!

“That’s what happens when you’re angry at people. You make them part of your life.” – Garrison Keillor

I will be aware of those people I am making important in my life and will grow in dealing with my anger. (TOUCHSTONES February 20th)

Enjoy your President’s Day however you wish!


John I. Cook, Director

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