over the last 13 years, i have had the privilege of working with amazingly talented and enthusiastic young people and watched them develop talent into skill and passion into career options and i can tell you this; encouragement is like fertilizer to the realization of their potential.
i always look for ways to let them know that THEY CAN.
in all things, be a voice of positive input. you just never know how far that nod of affirmation could take that 14 year-old who is experimenting with paint-brushes…
anyways, “five” is dedicated to every leader/mentor who knows the value of true encouragement.
Well done, good job, thumbs up
simple talk, big impact, easy words
encourage someone today, pat a back
of a positive expression, never lack
Way to go, proud of you, thumbs up
even if their efforts made your heart drop
stretch out a hand, offer a shoulder
provide a ladder, help them move that boulder
Push push push…keep going until you are numb
be an instigator, keep their fire alive
index, ring, middle, pinky and thumb
at the end of it all, put a palm up: HIGH FIVE…
yo! so it hit me a couple of days ago that i never quite finished a series on numerics that i started a couple of months ago.
so…i dug up some seed material and put flesh to them in an attempt to complete the 10-piece series. i already did zero to three, you can check them out via these links:
next up, is “Four”.
this one is basically about our (read ‘my’) struggle with my basic impulses and the struggle to balance it against what society expects of me in terms of conduct. i hope it resonates with you. otherwise, i am either a total alien or you are living in denial…
choose your verdict honestly.
Heat…instinctive and impulsive desires
latent passion stoking fires
irrational behavior, single-mindedly brutish
basically necessary but ultimately foolish…
Primal urges, instant gratification
now is vital, later is inconceivable
forget the mind, let the body enjoy edification
the ability to be unthinking is commendable
We are strong, but our urges are stronger
that overwhelming desire to be pleasured
animalistic, carnal, thirsts lasting longer
without thought of consequence, self-pressured
Man versus Animal; decisions and choices
the daily distinction between savage and civil
standing tall on two feet in the physical
but in the mind, here we are down on all fours…
i wrote this after i had a conversation with a much older man at the airport while we were waiting for our (twice delayed) flight and after i told him what i did for a living, he expressed his displeasure at how so many young people are more interested in being entrepreneurs. so, i expressed my displeasure at what his generation have done to push us into being proactive in a system that they let grind to a halt by toeing the line and being passive in the face of rampant greed. he got the message, but he, like most of his generation are old and set in their ways. but we aren’t. step forward so we can all step up.
i assure you i was polite.
I bring the news of a young black man’s views
of ancestors who left us ashes and a future more than slightly askew
I give you my all, give you my perfect ten
every time I put my heart to pen
my heart is worn on my sleeve like all real men
I will not, cannot, must not back down
you look at my t-shirt and jeans, my sneakers
and you shake your head and frown
open your eyes, dig a little deeper
see my mind, my pumping heart
my decision not to do as you did and toe the line
it eats at you, tears you apart
the fear that I’ll go my way and still get mine
I see it in your eyes; your innate cowardice
I will beat my own path, go past your mistakes
yes, that’s what you must pay, the price
your legacy of self and greed dies here, slam the brakes
I take responsibility for today and tomorrow
I am the future. I am hope. My heart will know no grave
you are yesterday, this young black man will grow
I know no fear, I am brave…