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How Much?

How Much?

 

-‘What People Do For Money?’

                        -Divine Sounds (1984)

 

As I was riding along the other day this song came on the Radio and I really focused on the Words as the artist sang them, unlike back in 1984 when the song was played I was most likely break dancing or rapping along as the beat flowed from the speakers. Upon hearing the song this time, at the Young age of 40, I really listened to what was being said and the Words spoke to Me like they were saying, ‘Wow, Bishop! It’s interesting and at times Sad what many People will do for Money or things pertaining to Monetary or Material Gain…!’

As the car rolled along and Divine Sounds continued singing, ‘What People Do For Money?!’ and I sang along with the chorus, I began to think of ALL the things that People Do, Have Done or Will Do for Money and it simply caused Me to shake My head from side to side in a ‘NO!’ motion, as if someone had posed a question to Me that I was totally against. I thought of how some People will… ‘Step on others,’ ‘Degrade themselves,’ ‘Become somewhat of a Slave to another,’ ‘Bow down to another,’ ‘Allow themselves to be Abused,’ ‘Sell-Out,’ ‘Commit Murder,’ ‘Take part in Criminal Activity,’ ‘Steal from others,’ ‘Take part in an activity that they are Uncomfortable with’ and ‘Allow their Physical Selves to be taken advantage of,’ ALL to have Money, keep Money or be in the Midst of those with Money or Material.

Sing it with Me…’What People Do For Money?!’

I guess I just don’t understand why some People don’t think more of themselves by knowing their Personal Worth, which would keep them from doing ALL sorts of things for Monetary Gain. Many People simply allow their Morals and Integrity to ‘Fly Out of the Window’ when they feel that they might Lose out on obtaining Money or when they feel that they will Lose the source of their ‘Cash or Material Flow.’ I guess, too, that when so many People allow Things or Individuals outside of them to give them Worth, they have no other way to feel Valuable other than by DOING ANYTHING to feel that Value, even if it is subjecting themselves to Degradation.

 

My Friend…My Reader, think about it…’What Have You Done or What Would You Do For Money?’ Would You ‘Sell-Out?’ ‘Have You or Would You jeopardize Your Morals and Integrity?’ Or…’Do You know Your Self-Worth from the start?’

 

‘How Much?’ I hope that You don’t have a PRICE…

 

-PM Bishop

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Posted by on April 21, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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Nothing Outside of Us Makes Us Anything…We Already Are…

Nothing Outside of Us Makes Us Anything…We Already Are…

While watching television a few days ago and in conversation about all of the craziness continually going on in our World, images were projected upon the screen showing people in so-called third World countries that seemed to us that have ‘more,’ those individuals that don’t seem to be in the best positions or the best situations, seem to be so Happy and full of Joy. Always projecting Smiles and in Good-Spirits no matter what chaos was or is going on around them. The question was posed how do they do it? How do they continue to keep a Positive attitude in the face of chaos, disaster and so much destruction?  They simply ‘Choose to!’

Upon thinking about that for a moment it occurred to Me that those of Us with ‘so much,’ with so many things outside of Us defining who we are as individuals and as a people, we would not in any way understand the Joy these people feel or project in their situations. When you are an individual that does not allow your Happiness or Joy to be defined by things or circumstances around you, you are an individual that has the ability to be Happy and Joyous at ALL times. That is the difference between those of us that are Truly Happy and those of us that are only Happy when things seem to be the way that we want them to be. The latter type of Happiness is not Happiness at all. A sorry substitution for it…

We can actually learn a Great lesson from these people that seem to be less fortunate than we are. We can learn the lesson that the Happiness and Joy that we are searching outside of ourselves for is already there within us and that those things outside of us do not define us or bring us Happiness or Joy. We have to be Happy and filled with Joy before those things are given to us or before we attain those things. If we are not Happy or Joyous before we obtain those things we will only be Happy for a short period after getting them and we will find that those ‘THINGS’ outside of us do not bring Happiness and Joy at ALL, just a sorry, short-lived, Fictional substitute for it.

We need to make the decision to be Happy and Joyous right where we are, no matter what the situation looks like because waiting upon situations and circumstances to CHANGE for the better or waiting upon the acquiring of ‘things’ will not bring you Happiness or Joy, only appeasement that has a short Lifespan.

My friend…Are you Happy and Joyous right where you are…in your current situation…or are you waiting on things to materialize in your World before you are Happy and Joy-Filled? Choose to be Happy and Joyous NOW because those ‘things’ outside of you will not bring it to you, no matter what the World tries to get you to believe.

Like the quote says, ‘We are about as Happy as we Choose to be…’ Not, ‘We are as Happy as the things outside of Us choose to make Us…’

GOD Bless…My Friend!

-PM Bishop

 
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Posted by on January 14, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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