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MLK for Today?

Listening to the radio the other day on the way to work there was a discussion about who was, would be or is the MLK for today in the Light of the unvailing of the MLK Memorial in Washington, DC. The words spoken were mixed and definitely opinionated. As I listened I wondered Myself if there was anyone alive today that was that Courageous and Strong enough to endure the type of opposition that King endured while he was alive and persevered to get his message of Equality and LOVE out to the people. It will take an Individual that is LOVING, Kind, GODLY, Strong, Courageous, Willing,’For ALL People,’ Compassionate, Not Afraid to speak the TRUTH to the Masses eventhough it might bring them Opposition and Being talked about…’ One that is not about THEMSELF or Selfish and more about the Well-Being and Betterment of others.

Martin Luthr King, Jr. was this type of individual that possessed the Heart,Soul and Soft-Spirit that was needed to bring about the Change that was needed to better the lives of ALL individuals. In today’s Society and World, I just don’t know if there is one that exist that is Selfless enough, Courageous enough, Strong enough, LOVING enough to step up and do what MLK did in his time. Yes, there are many that walk around from day to day preaching a Good game but they don’t TRULY exhibit the character to be able to endure and persevere in the face of Opposition and Hatred from the people.

Has GOD Created an MLK for Our present day? If HE has is it just not time for He/She to be revealed? Is that individual afraid to step up and speak up because of the opposition they will be met with? Is that individual already in Our midst, doing their job but We just are too Ignorant to WANT hear them?…

We definitely need an MLK for today because We may be somewhat better off but We as Human Beings have a long way to go before We can say any of Us have ‘Reached the Mountaintop’ as Individuals, Groups, a People, a Race/Races or a Society or World with ALL of the ILLS that We face and witness in Our present day.

My Friends, let’s Pray for an MLK to speak to Us and Enlighten Us to the TRUTH of where We should be and what GOD wants for Us as a Whole.

 

-PM Bishop

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Posted by on August 28, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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Human Maps

I was reading over some New Poems and wanted to share this one with You until I put the finishing touches on My next post. Enjoy, My Friends…

Human Maps

Lines

Routes

Paths

Not Drawn upon Paper

But Sketched upon Human Bodies

Tattooed upon Skin

Maps Drawn over the Years

Living Hieroglyphics

Not Painted upon Cave walls

Or Drawn on the angles of Pyramids

By Neanderthals or Egyptians

Painted Naturally through Living

Being Alive

Not by the strokes of a Brush in Hand

After being bathed in Color

War Wounds…

Markings of Life…

Upon Skin

Human Lines

Human Routes

Human Paths

Human Maps

-PM Bishop

 
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Posted by on July 19, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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The TRUTH…Nobody’s Listening! (Continued…)

The TRUTH…Nobody’s Listening! (Continued…)
As I wrote on yesterday, We ALL say that We want to have the TRUTH told to Us but We can’t seem to take it. It tends to be too much for a lot of Us. I feel that We have become so accustomed to the LIES and the telling of LIES to Us that We have come to a point where, even though, the LIES are hurting Us and keeping Us from progressing individually, relationally, socially, SPIRITUALLY, nationally and Worldly, that We are simply
comfortable in the LIES. Then, when We are offered or are given the TRUTH it sounds so foreign to Us that We tell Ourselves that it can’t be TRUE, ‘IT,’ as they say,
‘Hits Us where it Hurts!’ and We run from it because We don’t like the way the TRUTH makes Us feel. Our Toes ache, Our stomachs churn, Our Minds reel, Our Egos are bruised, We begin to question Ourselves and/or the TRUTH compels Us to look in the Mirror, with tears in Our eyes knowing that We should be questioning the LIES that We feel to be fact. So much consternation caused by the TRUTH but it’s what We need…

We awaken everyday of Our lives to LIES, whether through the media, Our family and friends, people that We meet and worst of ALL, the LIES that We tell Ourselves, when the TRUTH is in Our face beckoning to Us to accept it. We even attend Church, the very place where there should be nothing less than the TOTAL TRUTH and receive LIES. We fall for these LIES or settle for them because We want acceptance and the approval of
others in Our lives. We don’t want anyone to think that We are different or that We see things in a different way than they do, which would cause Us to be on the ‘outside’ of the circle.
(Oh, No! Can’t be on the outside of
the ‘Circle of Acceptance.’)
Everyone from Presidents, to Leaders, to Ministers, to Preachers, to Teachers, those that We are to TRUST, and Us, not telling the TRUTH so as to be accepted by the masses, a SAD case indeed…

But, those among the People, the ‘TRUTH TELLERS,’ who are far and few between in a world of carbon copies, the Ones that don’t allow the acceptance of the masses to keep them from telling the TRUTH…The Ones that know that the telling of the TRUTH will in time Free Us ALL from the LIES that plague Us…The Ones that don’t mind being called ‘Fools’ or ‘Different’ or ‘Unusual.’ The Ones that are told that they should ‘Just give the People what they want or what they can handle,’ which is what is hurting them anyway, and continue to offer the People the TRUTH, even when they hate it and are pointing the finger back at them for the telling of the TRUTH that ‘Stumped their Toes.’ The ones that those that don’t like the TRUTH, try to do ALL that they can to silence or to deter them from the continued telling of the TRUTH. The ones that see the TRUTH through the LIES in front of them and have to keep the Courage so as not to fall for the LIES themselves as they are telling the TRUTH…

My Friend…My Reader…Think about this. TRUTH or LIES? Which do You want to be told?

 

(To be continued…)

-PM Bishop

 
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Posted by on April 8, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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More&More

MORE&MORE…

‘More&More…More…More…’

-R. Kelly ‘More & More’

As I sat at the window this Morning enjoying My cup of Coffee and watching the Amazing Movement of the Morning as it performed it’s Natural progression into Afternoon, I wondered what I would write about today. As there are always many topics on My mind and many things that I continue to want to write about, I had to search Myself, My Mind, My surroundings for Inspiration. As I watched the Shadows continue to shift outside the window with the continued ‘higher-rising’ of the Sun, having a bag of M&Ms staring back at Me from the counter, I thought of the topics of LOVE, Truth, Education, Fear, Our World, Relationships and a plethora of others. Then I looked back at that bag of candies and I asked Myself, ‘M&Ms, as if they would reply, ‘What are you saying to Me?’ ‘What message is hidden in your Sweetness, your Rainbow of Colors, in your Logo?’, and right there it hit Me…

M&Ms! More&More!

That’s what it seems we ALL want, right? More&More…More&More money to spend on Wants! More&More things to label Our Worth! More&More attention to feel that We matter! More&More time to do ALL that We want to do and accomplish Our endeavors! More&More education, not to Learn but to Earn!  More&More people liking us so that we feel that We are Important! More&More hours in the Day so that We have time to
accomplish More&More Goals! More&More hours at Night so that We can rest Our bodies after trying to do More&More during the Day…

Its ok to want More&More when it’s for the Right reasons, actually it’s a GOOD thing to want to better oneself and progress in one’s Life but to simply want More&More for selfish reasons, or to have others say how successful you are, or because one is not Grateful for what GOD has Blessed them with or to want More&More because one feels that THAT ‘ONE MORE THING’ is going to bring them that Happiness that keeps eluding them is, I won’t say Wrong but I will say, ‘It’s for the Wrong reasons!’

More&More doesn’t bring One Happiness and if it does, it’s Short-Lived not permanent Joy. More&More doesn’t make One worth anything because Nothing outside of Us can make Us more than We already are and if it does, One has fallen for the ‘LIE.’ More&More doesn’t make One any more Important than the next One, if so; One has an elevated and ‘CONCEITED’ idea of themselves. More&More doesn’t make anyone Like or LOVE One anymore than if they had less and if it does those individuals are around or One’s Friends due to the More&More that they are in possession of.

More&More…

ALL of the Wanting of More&More is truly a searching for and a Longing for More&More LOVE, which is what We Truly Want. No matter what anyone says, LOVE is what We are ALL in search of and Long for and that is the reason We strive for More&More, thinking that it will bring Us or offer Us that LOVE. When that LOVE that We want continues to elude Us We look for LOVE in More&More Things, Money, Status, Material,
Situations, Opportunities, Associations, etc., ‘Imitations of LOVE’ but none of it will take the place of the Real Unconditional LOVE that We seek from GOD or from those people in Our Lives that LOVE Us or will continue to LOVE Us whether We have More&More or not.

More&More, just like the M&Ms Candies in the bag, it might be Good to you but continuing to eat More&More
from the bag or get More&More in your Life doesn’t mean that it’s the BEST for you or Your answer for LOVE

My Friend…True Happiness and Joy isn’t found in More&More outside of Us, it’s found in Unconditional LOVE from GOD and HE adds the More&More in Your Life that You really need.

‘Will Your More&More melt in Your Hands or will Your More&More last Forever?

-PM Bishop

 
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Posted by on April 6, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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‘Just a Crow Left of the Murder…’

‘Just a Crow Left of the Murder…’

‘A ‘MURDER’ is a flock of Crows flying together… A’ Crow Left of the Murder’ is the Crow that separates itself from the flock to find its own Way or to find a better Way of Life than the other crows have settled for. To be a ‘Crow Left of the Murder’ in today’s society is to be Unique and it takes Courage and Heart to be that lone Crow in the face of a Society that is doing its Best to make us all the same or doing all that it can to have us believe that we need to Fly with the rest of the Flock to be accepted. If you are one of the ‘Lone Crows’ that sees or believes there is a better Way and you fail to settle for those ridiculous ideals of Society and its telling you what to Believe or to do to be a part of the Flock, I commend you for your Courage and Heart because it’s not the Crows that Fly along with the rest of the ‘Murder’ that Changes the World, it’s the ‘Lone Crow,’ the ‘Crow Left of the Murder,’ that Changes the World. Be a ‘Crow Left of the Murder’ and Fly with the Eagle to find a better Way of Life…Fly above the Fiction…’

(Inspired by the MLK Holiday on yesterday and the band INCUBUS who have an album and title song from that album with the same name and theme)

 
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Posted by on January 18, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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What MOUNTAINTOP?

WHAT MOUNTAINTOP?

-‘We have reached the Mountaintop?’

-Statement uttered by many African-Americans when Barack Obama won the Presidency

 

The above statement being proclaimed by many, especially African-Americans, when Barack Obama won the Presidency as our first African-American President was a very positive and courageous proclamation but in the excitement of it all, little did We know that, not only had We not reached the Mountaintop but the Mountaintop was not even in view. Many individuals from across the spectrum of races worked together to put Obama into the White House but record numbers of African-Americans turned out to vote to solidify his winning of the Presidency so as to see history made in this country and to see our first African-American President, but the question is; ‘For what reason did African-Americans do this?’

During the many months of Barack Obama’s campaign and run for office African-Americans jumped onboard the ‘Obama Train’ because his being African-American gave them a sense of, ‘Maybe this is our time and this is the Man who will finally give us our due.’ So, they went out in a plethora of numbers to make sure his winning the Presidency would happen. Not that all African-Americans had this mindset, because some African-Americans were not blinded by race, the need to get their due, the need to get a ‘revenge’ of some sort for past hurts and mistreatments or the need for an ego boost, some African-Americans were truly behind Obama, his views, what he stood for and the CHANGE that he wanted for this country and our World. They knew that his being President would not mean that he would stand up in front of the country, a country of many different races and only make things ‘right’ for African-Americans but that he would work to make things ‘right’ for everyone.

After Obama’s solidification of the office of President and after a few months of his running the country, many of those African-Americans that were so adamant about getting him into office turned their backs on him after they saw that he was not going to give them their ’40 Acres and a Mule,’ or the due that was owed them after all the years of struggle and mistreatment or after finding that he wasn’t ‘BLACK’ enough as an African-American President. These same African-Americans that turned their backs on President Obama were the same ones shouting and proclaiming, with tears of joy, ‘We have reached the Mountaintop…,’ at his winning the Presidency.

A sad case indeed…

 Like I said previously, this was a positive and courageous proclamation on their parts but We had in no way reached the Mountaintop, We had only been given an individual to lead us to the Mountaintop. We were and still continue to be at the foot of the Mountain fighting about how to get to the top. To reach the Mountaintop, We have to want to follow the leader that has been placed there to lead us and not for the wrong reasons. We have to choose to come together in unity and on one accord, not being so divided, jealous, envious and hateful towards one another. We as African-Americans, and any other race, have to work together to reach the pinnacle of the Mountain or We will never get there, no matter who our leader is. Whether African-American President, Caucasian President, Latino President or Indian President, it is up to us to come together first and for the RIGHT reasons to reach our destiny and as long as We are of the mindset We are of at present, which is a ‘SLAVERY MINDSET,’ We will never reach the Mountaintop We seek to reach.

Obama’s being President should open all of our eyes to the ills of our country and World, especially African-Americans and allow it to illustrate to us the fact that our country, our society, our World and definitely not ‘Our People,’ African-Americans have CHANGED or are ready for the CHANGE that Barack Obama spearheaded his campaign and run for President on.  

My Friend…My People…Let’s get it together, by coming together and making things work for Us ALL as a race, as a country, as a society, as a World, supporting one another and our President, our leader by understanding what he is doing as a whole and how he is wanting to and working to bring about a CHANGE for us ALL and not just Us, African-Americans individually.

Until you CHANGE your mind about this and release yourself from your own ‘self-made SLAVERY’ We cannot proclaim…

‘We have reached the Mountaintop!’

What Mountaintop?

 

-PM Bishop

 
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Posted by on December 12, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

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Climb…

Climb…

‘…Sometimes Life can be an Upstairs Climb but the Sun is always there to meet Us at the TOP. No matter how it looks from the distance, the thing is to Run to the staircase, take the first step with FAITH, the second step with MORE FAITH…And, the third…And, the Fourth…And, with every step in the Climb, no matter if there are 30 steps, 300 steps, 3,000 steps, 300,000 steps…3,000,000 steps… Keep Climbing with FAITH and the closer You get to the TOP the Sun will shine upon You and the Darkness will become History….’  

My Friend…Keep CLIMBING, never stop…GOD and the Sun are with You…

-PM Bishop

(Photos by PM Bishop, captured with Camera Phone)

 
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Posted by on May 24, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

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