Make It A Good One!

Good Day and Happy Friday (2021) even!  I “took” last Christmas Friday off … I had a lot of stuff on my mind and the other stuff was going down.  But … I was cool!  So, let’s do it … TGIF!

It’s interesting for me to observe how things change over time … including me!  My patience has grown as well as my self-awareness.  I no longer put myself in situations that will cause me “stress” just to deal with the mess!!  No thanks … no compromising my sanity for a “friendship”.  A real friend won’t make you choose between your mental health and pure “bs”!

So, I am reorganizing my health and workout routines.  My meditations come so readily in this place where I live now.  I just have to make sure that “folks” understand that I like privacy!  I’ve got some funny “privacy” stories, too!  I have temporarily stopped going to yoga classes but continue to stretch at home as I feel the need to which is often.  I want to start some “spiritual work” maybe with a horse while walking along the beach!  When I lived in Cali, Colombia, South America, I often rode horses on the weekends as a great form of entertainment.  Yet, I was pretty much a “partying cowboy” when I went up into the mountains above Popayan, Colombia, SA for the weekend to rent a horse for a few hours!  I am feeling the urge so I am signed up for a session with a lady and her horse on the beach here …

How can “we” come back from a year of complete confusion?!  Stay focused on the most important goals like our mental health and the planet we live on!!  I don’t know about you but I can feel the change in this Winter Solstice.  Some of us don’t “keep still” long enough to listen to the urgings of our lives from the inside.  We just keep running … chasing this imaginary ball of artificial wealth!  “Wealth” and “power” should NOT be based on an accumulation of paper bills often acquired at the “loss” and abuse of others!  That’s a bit unfair considering that the same system needed to acquire this “wealth” and “power” is biased against certain groups while simultaneously “telling” them that they are included … that’s false!  So, “we” … each of us … has to be aware of what’s going down around you!

“Learning to love yourself is the greatest love of ALL!”  from the Muhammad Ali movie.  Do you remember that anecdote?!?  It’s pretty powerful, once we “learn” to understand that “our” love for ourselves is THE MOST IMPORTANT one!  No, it’s not sex, money, “shiny things”, or drugs!  Nor is it a “false sense of self”, be it good or bad, and in most human civilizations the sense of self comes from being able to meet the basic daily needs of human survival like food, clothing, and shelter.  Now, I’ve been a “black man” most of my life.  And let me tell you something, I am ALWAYS representing for the core of my existence.  Trust me, over the years of “being a black man” I have heard it all from: “Oh, you have a chip on your shoulder ’cause you’re black!” … to … “All you have to do is stop thinking like a black man!”  Oh My!!  Trust me on this one, it is not so easy being “black”, let alone a “black man” who is the object of so much hatred, hostility, and jealousy in the same land that “we” helped to build …

Yeah, I got nostalgic on Christmas, remembering how my Father use to “over-decorate” the tree!  That’s my Man, though … I ALWAYS go that extra mile, if possible, as I represent one of the most underrated creatures.  So, it is important to “Know Thyself!” AND “be the best that YOU can be!”  ‘Nough said!  I thought about Mom’s “spiked” egg nog and the “Christmas music” of Mahalia Jackson coming from the “stereo console” in our tiny living room at apartment 5A in “The Winbrook Apartments”!  Man, those people worked so hard for “us” that I might need TWO lifetimes just to equal their lives’ output!!  Hey, I would feel guilty if I didn’t “represent” their dreams for me as I took on “the world”!  Yeah, who said: “Men don’t cry”?  Maybe a fool or a “non-human” with no feelings whatsoever doesn’t cry.  When I saw the “toughest Man” in MY world cry from the pain of bone marrow cancer while he independently laid back on my arm in the bed at his apartment and said, “I just want to go … this pain is too much!”, I HAVE to be “the best that I can be” … if ONLY for Him and my Mom!!  So, make sure you understand that I am “spiritually” “locked and loaded” when I am out and about!  I’ll try to conquer “your” hostilities with “love” (the LOVE I got from Mom and Dad!) and respect FIRST … and hope that “you” feel both love and respect!

So, as the Winter Solstice and the New Year offer “us” an opportunity for desperately needed “changes” on the Planet and “ourselves”, may we become creative while embracing respect for EACH other, love, and harmony in excellence.  

“Make it a good one!”


John I. Cook, Director

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