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YOUTH includes YOU!

(Originally printed in the Athens-Banner Herald, Athens,GA)

As I sit at the desk that has been designated for me or stand before the students in class each day, I am saddened, at times frustrated, even angered as I watch the behavior of the students we ‘try’ our best to educate. I am not shocked, but amazed at the language and actions that our youth take part in and I think to myself as I watch them, “What is going on?” “What happened through the years?” “When did the adults drop the ball that should have been passed on?” “When did the youth begin to feel that it’s okay to behave in ways that used to be warranted as “shameful” or “embarrassing behavior?” “Where is the respect for elders or other individuals?”

    I have pondered the state of our youth for years now having worked with them in various settings and being in the “trenches” with them first hand. After my pondering, I have come to the conclusion that, we as adults and parents have forgotten that it is our responsibility to teach and instill in the youth, the generations after us, the same lessons that our parents and grandparents taught us. Children and teens tend to imitate what they see or the example that is set before them by the adults that they come in contact with most often and if we as adults and parents don’t set the right examples for them, they will follow what they are drawn to. We need to make sure we do our job and step up because if we don’t the state of our youth will only get worse. We need to make sure we “progress” not “regress.” Yes, there are some adults and parents who do the best that they can to raise their children by instilling morals and setting the right examples for them and their children still choose to interface with the wrong crowd, or are encouraged or pressured by the wrong friends. When this happens, it is not the parents fault by any means but it is the parent’s job to have the courage to face their child and lay down the law, and show them that this is not going to happen. This is the time when we as adults or parents have to “take our child or children back” from those negative influences. The drugs, sex, violence, lust for money and material things. The ignorance of not being educated, we have to persuade them through our words, and if not our words, our actions, that there is a better way of life. We have to provide them with the tools, useful tools that they need to be the best individuals they can be, so as to become the best they can be later in life as adults.

   Adults and parents, if we continue to ignore the issues or if we don’t face the facts about the state of our youth we are headed down a dark and dismal path. It does not have to be that way and I fail to believe that we will allow it to be. If we will only step up, pick up the ball again and regain our power as adults and parents we can turn this situation our youth and our society face today. Let’s stop pointing our finger at the youth and do our part and take up the responsibility of getting things back in order. Starting today. Things will only get better for our youth, our communities, our schools, our homes, our cities, our states, our country and most of all our lives will become less stressful as a whole. Let’s come together, regain our parental and adult power and turn our youth around.

The YOUTH includes YOU!

 
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Posted by on November 18, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

The Scarecrow Syndrome

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                Watching the movie “The Wizard of OZ” for the thousandths time it occurred to me that this film is not only about a young lady being caught up in a tornado and being transported to a faraway land where she meets three unlikely friends that set out on a journey to find the Wizard of OZ so that she can return home and her friends can be granted with a brain, heart and courage, but it is actually a story of one’s search to find love not knowing that the love they seek is right there within them.

            We can all learn a valuable lesson from this masterpiece of movie making. Each of us, at one time or another, have looked for love outside of ourselves, whether through another individual, money, material things or whatever there is outside of us that we felt would bring us love. When we found those things, we would love them for awhile but would find that in time those things did not bring us total satisfaction or love, simply a sense of appeasement until they grew old. All the while, we were ignorant of the fact that all we needed to do was look within ourselves.

            The characters in the movie “The Wizard of OZ,” Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man and the Lion were all guilty of looking outside of themselves, in search of things that they already owned. Dorothy searched for love, when all the while the love she searched for was right there at home with her family. The Scarecrow was in search of a brain, when all that he needed was right there within his heart and that alone made him intelligent. The Tin Man was in search of a heart to fill the void within having no idea that he already had heart due to the care and love he showed Dorothy and his other comrades. The Lion wanted a hefty dose of courage because he felt that he was a coward when all the while he showed courage in everything that he did.

            At the finale of the Yellow Brick Road all of them discovered that the Wizard was only an ‘illusion’ and possessed no power at all, signifying our search to find something outside of ourselves to complete us or make us happy, there in discovering that all they needed was to look within and this is usually what happens with us in our search for love or something to complete us, we set out on journeys, searching for something outside of us only to discover at the end of the journey that it was within us the entire time.

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            I named this the Scarecrow Syndrome not only because he is my favorite character from “The Wizard of OZ” but because of his search for a brain and his already having the HEART that allowed him the ability to do and accomplish all of the things that he wanted to do, inspiring me to look within myself to discover all that I need to do is follow my heart to reach my destiny. It’s ALL within us!

            “OZ never gave the Tin Man what he didn’t already have…”

                                                                        -AMERICA/”Tin Man”                       

 
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Posted by on November 16, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

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SUCCESS: Is It Really Green?

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                Why is this image the badge of success? Is this everyone’s idea of success? Success, is it really Green? I fail to believe it is or has to be…

            Money, in today’s World, if you have it you are labeled as ‘SUCCESSFUL’ because with that money you have the ability to buy cars, elaborate homes, name brand clothing, take trips to exotic locales, be in VIP, do many things that you could not do without it. Is this actually the sign of success? All this shows me is that you are successful at spending the money you have obtained and this clouds people’s vision about what success is and what it is they should be in pursuit of to gain success.

            Success doesn’t have to be in the form of money or in the form of spending it on material things. One can be successful or find success in many ways, such as; one can be successful at being a great parent, as a team player, as a graduate from an addiction program, as a gardener, as an individual that goes through therapy and comes out on the other side a better person or simply going through their life and not succumbing to becoming a statistic or through status quo. None of the above has monetary value attached to them; simply a feeling of accomplishment and that to me is success.

            The pursuit of success in the form of money in today’s society, I feel, is the root of so many of the ills we face in our society. The chasing of the ‘ALL MIGHTY DEAD PRESIDENTS’ causes so many people to turn to whatever means possible to gain that level or badge of success, in the form of crime, dishonesty, the abuse of other people and the selling out of self. We have instilled in the youth, as well as adults, that if you do not have money you are not successful or that you won’t be a success until you have money. This example leads to greed and selfishness, tainting our humanness and our equal treatment of others.

            It should be pressed upon all of us that success comes in various forms, not just money. Success is a ‘feeling’ that one has about his or her accomplishments in life. If money is your idea of success, then that is your prerogative but don’t be fooled or frightened into thinking that is the only form of SUCCESS.

            …I pray you all success in whatever form you find it. Remember, it’s your success and no one else’s.

 
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Posted by on November 14, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

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The Unicorn

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Unicorn: A mythical creature resembling a horse with a single horn growing from it’s forehead and with wings that allow it to take flight.

            Sitting on last evening, in oceanic thought, my mind ventured to the image of the Unicorn and the idea of such a creature’s existence. As I thought of it’s single horn, it’s wings, it’s ability to fly, it’s magical, fantastic beauty, in the form of a horse, my mind instantly turned to the idea of ‘Real Love.’ The type of love when one loves you for who ‘YOU’ are, nothing more and nothing less and I pondered if ‘Real Love,’ like the Unicorn, truly exist or if it is just a myth.

Throughout my life of 39 years and my experiences with personal relationships and witnessing the relationships of those around me it seems as if ‘Real Love’ is a mythical creature, conjured up in fantasy, only to be found within the pages of books or upon the big screen in movies. In the natural world today and  in today’s society, this seems to be fact because what we notice through man’s actions would have us believe no differently, but my heart will not succumb to this truth.

From day to day I observe people become involved in relationships, friendships, partnerships and marriages with no thought of ‘Real Love’ being the main ingredient. They enter into these unions for monetary, material, societal, and egotistical gain, for status. They fail to learn the heart, mind, and soul of the person they are merging with and without the element of ‘Real Love’ the relationships become terminal and those reasons that initially motivated them; the money, material, status, society, ego become ‘grey-haired’ and they no longer want the relationship or care to be invloved with the other individual. On the other hand, when ‘Real Love’ is the main ingredient, the motivation for a relationship, it lasts, no matter if all of those other things are there from the beginnning or disappear with time. With ‘Real Love’ the relationship is built on the foundation of who each individual is as a person, a human being, not any outside influences or circumstances, making for a lasting union.

Eventhough what we see today in society, so many not taking ‘Real Love’ into consideration, it is not the truth. ‘Real Love’ is not a fiction, it is not a Unicorn. It exist because I have observed it with my parent’s marriage, the marriages of family members and the relationships of friends and strangers. Yes, it can be akin to locating a ‘needle in a haystack’ at times because it is such a rarity but contrary to belief, its out there and its real. I am sure that GOD meant for marriages, patnerships and any other relationship that we enter into to be built on ‘Real Love’ when HE created the concept,  we only need to follow HIS way and put an end to building relationships on anything less than ‘Real Love.’

…I guess Unicorns do exist.

-PM Bishop

 
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Posted by on November 13, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

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The True Battle…

Usa_-_FlagWe are engaged in a great societal battle, testing whether our communities, cities, states and our nation can allow itself to endure. Our battlefield is in our schools, our streets, our homes, our jobs and most of all our minds. We need to dedicate a great portion of these battlefields to finding a final resting place for the ignorance, fear and mediocrity that is threatening to ruin our way of life, the honorable and upstanding way of life and the generations that follow. We, as a people, should do this so that our nation, as a whole, can prosper and progress. It is our responsibility and it is only fitting that we should do this.

In a larger since, we cannot continue to tolerate the illegal activity that takes place around us. The sales and trafficking of drugs, the sexual promiscuity and perversion that taints our society and the lust, hunger and greed for money and material things that cause us to love things but use and mistreat our fellow man. The brave and courageous individuals, both living and dead, who struggled and who continue to struggle, do and have done it all for naught, if we continue forward as we are at the present time. If we continue forward in this tantamount fashion we are only mocking those before us that paved the way by struggling, dying or becoming martyrs to prepare a more desirable way for us.

Our society, at times, seems to forget or little notes what those, who before us, who paved the way, suffered or endured. We should never forget and should be reminded everyday by those that know and have not forgotten. Those that know, it is their responsibility, their duty, to speak of, instruct and tell the stories to those in our society that are uneducated of these facts, that they need to be dedicated to the unfinished business which those before us fought so hard to bring to fruition for our society’s advancement. It is the task of everyone here, alive at this present time, to honor those that struggled and fought before us by continuing the work that they started to make sure that those issues that threaten the forward progression of our society and our nation are obliterated. In that, the full devotion, struggle and deaths of those individuals who laid the foundation for us today will not be in vain. That this nation, under GOD, can and always will be free and that we, the people, will in no way succumb to the evils that face us today.

 
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Posted by on November 13, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

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Michael Jackson’s “This Is IT”

ThisIsItThis Is It” is it! I have always been caught up in the spectacle of Michael Jackson since I was a little boy, growing up listening to his music, watching his videos and doing all that I could to mimic his dance moves and I have to say, sitting in the theatre watching Michael and his genius today, was just as awe inspiring. I wasn’t in my seat just watching, I was in my seat taking in his steps, that is when I wasn’t standing up dancing along with him and his background dancers, who had no chance of keeping up with him.

Everyone seems to want to talk about MJ and his life being so turbulent and weird but I feel that we should be focused on his genius and his contributions to music and to the world. I’ll admit that one can not totally erase his ‘mishaps’ from memory but why make his mistakes a focus? (Oh, yeah, almost forgot I am speaking of human beings.) Well others can focus on MJ’s many issues but I am going to focus on his abilities to inspire and delight everyone from age 1 to age 115.

This Is It” is another example of all that MJ encompassed: fun, fantasy, love, excitment, escapism, inspiration and something to hold on to for the remainder of our days. If you have not seen it, I encourage you to see it and if you are one of the millions who have seen it ‘CONGRATULATIONS,’ I know your life was changed for the better. “This Is It” receives 5 out of 5 stars from me and Michael, you have always been 5 star to me and you will live on in our heats, souls, minds and bodies for as long as Man can dance.

 
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Posted by on November 12, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

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Posted by on November 12, 2009 in Uncategorized