Love Yourz – J. Cole



Happy Tuesday,
Now, I don’t know about you … but I am glad that I am “me”!  How about you?!?  I mean, supposed you didn’t like “you” … what would you do??  I know … well … my brother … Henry Charles Cook … killed himself!  Now, I don’t say that out of shame or embarrassment … I say it out of humility … and pain … I guess he wasn’t happy … we never had a chance to talk about it although he did come to visit me at Princeton my freshman year!!  We had a blast … then … then it got too much for him … Little did I know that that was the last time I would see him …  Peace be still!
J. Cole said in his song: “Love Yourz” – “There’s beauty in the struggle, … ugliness in success!”  The song is basically suggesting that we each … love our OWN lives … as difficult as it may seem …  be grateful for it … and “love yourz”!!  ‘Nuff said?!?  I know some folks might have a hard time loving their lives … but the key word is “live/life”, you got it?!  Most things are relative, as J. Cole further suggests in his song … and many other “philosophers” like Buddha say!  I am sure this is not the first time that you’ve heard this.
I am very grateful to be alive today, to be able to experience the things like a grandson and a daughter … shucks, even a sister and great nephew and his Momma … my niece.  This weekend, my sister is celebrating her birthday at a venue in Ft. Lauderdale.  Family members of my oldest sister and us will be coming from the Bronx, NY to help celebrate, not to mention my daughter, her daughter, and a bunch of friends she has made in her 30 plus years in SoFlo!  It should be a blast!  Looking forward to the Cook family from the Bronx to land at “The Port”!
So, I am not sure if you see where I am coming from yet with the “Love Yourz” theme.  Love your life … love enough to improve when you can.  Love those who are in your “family of friends” … whether they be biological family or those who have come into your life and serve as “brothers and sisters” in our lives.  Sometimes, it is not so easy.  Yet the key word for me … is “love”!

John I. Cook, Director

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