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Dream BIG!

Dream BIG!

‘Who am I to settle for just reaching the Block when I can Reach the Globe? Be Courageous and Reach BIG!’

 
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Posted by on January 28, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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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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What They Don’t Know Won’t Hurt Them…

What They Don’t Know Won’t Hurt Them…

-‘Nothing weighs on us so heavily as a secret.’

                                                                    Jean de La Fontaine

 

As I ran this Morning, watching the Sun take its position in the Sky, transforming Morning into Afternoon, I
pondered what I would write about today. Idea after idea running through My Mind, mocking Me as I ran around the oval pathway… I thought of topics that I’d written about before, whether I should revisit them and I thought of a multitude of others that have yet to make it to My blog, to be read and contemplated by its readers.

As I came to the finale of My Morning run, thinking back on the past, while at the same time focusing on the Moment I was experiencing, INSPIRATION walked up to Me, tapped Me on the shoulder and whispered in My ear, ‘Why is it that People say, ‘What they don’t know won’t Hurt them…’ when the TRUTH is, it will do Nothing but Hurt them and that is why the One that doesn’t want them to know is trying to keep the Secret from them.’

‘Hmmm…? What they don’t know won’t Hurt them…’

As I thought more about that statement it came to Me that, just like a Secret, most of the time, along with that
statement comes an Action or something that We do that we are Ashamed of, and don’t want anyone else to know about. Like
Infidelity, Cheating, Stealing, a Fabrication, Information, anything that can cause Hurt or Pain to another and We are so Selfish and Hell-Bent on ‘instant-gratification’ and what it is we WANT that We continue on with the Action that We know will cause another consternation and We tell Ourselves…’Well, they won’t know what I did or am doing…So, what they don’t know won’t Hurt them…,’ but ALL the while it’s not only Hurting them, it’s also Hurting the individual doing the Wrong…

‘What they don’t know won’t Hurt them,’ leads to One having to Watch every little thing that they say so as not to ‘slip up,’ Lie about their activities, Hide behind those Lies, Remember the Lies so as to be able to Build upon them, Be Watchful of themselves and make sure they aren’t being ‘found out,’ Be Sly about things that they do and a plethora of other things so as to keep that Secret a Secret, whether it is to be kept from another individual or a group.

This alone, is a Heavy Weight for One to have to carry, doing ALL of these things so as not to be found out, in
addition to ALL of the other things One has to do from Day to Day but Selfishness doesn’t seem to care of those things, that is until the weight becomes too much or One’s ‘Dark Deeds are brought into the Light.’

Secrets that We hold that We don’t want another to know about, which We are actually ashamed of, are truly Heavy Weights to carry because We are Hurting Ourselves, first of ALL by having taken part in the Behavior that caused it to have to become a Secret and having to have to carry it around with Us ALL of the time. Then add to that the fact that We have to keep it from another so that they won’t be Hurt by Our actions, is akin to Atlas Holding the Earth upon His Shoulders…

My Friend…My Reader, if the Action You take or are about to take is Questionable, Wrong, Gut-Wrenching, One that will Hurt another or One that You are or will be ASHAMED of, don’t take part in it because…

 

‘What They Don’t Know WILL Hurt Them and You!’

-PM Bishop

 
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Posted by on April 20, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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For Thought…

For Thought…

My Friend…My  Reader, give some Thought to this Quote…

-‘Man is the ONLY Animal that is Afraid to be exactly what He is.’

I will posts on this topic later Tonight or Tomorrow…

Think about it as You Enjoy your Day.

-PM Bishop

 
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Posted by on April 19, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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THERE IS NO FAILURE!

THERE IS NO FAILURE!

 

-‘FAILURE does not exist…’

 

I don’t believe in FAILURE! I don’t believe that it Exist! I can’t even see or Imagine FAILURE. Why? Because, I believe that TRYING alone is Success! We tend to feel that if WE don’t receive Payment, Accolades, Rewards, Notoriety, Status, Stardom or Recognition for Our Endeavors, We haven’t Succeeded but in the TRYING itself We have Succeeded at doing something. TRYING is Doing! TRYING is Succeeding! TRYING is actually the Act of not Believing in FAILURE! That alone is Why One will TRY something… If You TRY at something, no matter what the outcome or what those around You might say about the outcome of Your TRYING, You, My Friend have SUCCEEDED…And, if You did not receive the outcome that You were searching for, by ALL means…Keep TRYING and SUCCEEDING because…

My Friend…My Reader, No matter what You think or have had Pressed upon You to Believe…

‘The Only FAILURE is Believing in FAILURE and not TRYING!’

 

THERE IS NO FAILURE!

 

-PM Bishop

 
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Posted by on April 18, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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Yellow Tape and White Chalk

YELLOW TAPE & WHITE CHALK…
-‘Yellow Police Tape and White Chalk outlining fallen bodies have become Our ‘NATIONAL’ Landmarks…’

-FATHER MICHAEL LOUIS PFLEGER (Speaking on Violence in Our Society)

The other Morning as I awakened to an Overcast Sky looking down upon Me from outside the Window, arising and stretching to awaken My limbs to take the trek downstairs to the kitchen, to add Coffee grounds to the innards of the Coffee maker so as to enjoy My Morning cup of Coffee that I look forward to every AM after its journey through the intestines of the Coffee maker, marrying with the Steaming hot H2O, being transformed from grounds to Chocolaty, liquid Pleasure, from the Carafe to My cup, I sat and peered out of the Window and said to Myself, ‘Overcast out…but still Beautiful!’

With My ‘Writer’s Journal’ and laptop in front of Me, I powered on the computer and went through the motions of logging on to the ever-so-AMAZING internet and upon arrival at My Yahoo! Homepage
I began to scan the Morning’s TOP stories. Reading and scrolling through the ‘highlights,’ I was saddened at the number of stories that I read about teen Violence, Violence period, and lives being taken, whether by Gun Violence or some other form of Violence. Instantly, My mind went to the Families and LOVED Ones of
these individuals who’s Lives had been stripped from them by another and somewhat imagining how they felt…Hurt. Heartbroken. Robbed. Helpless. Angry. Upset. Baffled. Confused. Down Right Ready to Hurt someone like they themselves Hurt at that moment…

It wasn’t Myself that was going through the loss of a LOVED One through Violence at the moment but I became ANGRY, actually ‘MAD as Hell,’ as I sat and thought about the senseless Violence that We witness every single day of Our Lives. It’s Ridiculous! It seems that a Human Life isn’t worth a Penny in today’s Society/World. We commit these senseless acts of Violence with no regard of others, how they will feel,
what it does to them and how it affects their Lives, how it affects Our Lives. We are so Hell-Bent on Self and ‘instant GRATIFICATION,’ what We WANT and appeasing Our ANGER, that stopping to THINK and making a decision that will not cause PAIN to another or ourselves doesn’t even become an option.

We ask the question, ‘What Species of Animal is the most Dangerous or Most Savage?’ And, the answer is staring Us right in the Face from the reflection in the Mirror. ‘US!’ We can take a look at other Species of Animal and notice that they kill for very few reasons. Protection of their offspring and territory, to have food for the progression of their Species and to defend self but take a look at the reasons We kill or take the
Lives of others, Envy, Greed, Jealousy, MONEY, Material, Covetousness, Illegal Drugs, Dislike, Differing Beliefs, Retaliation, Associations, Defense and a plethora of others. ALL of which are ‘senseless,’ unless you speak about defending Oneself and even then a Life doesn’t have to be taken to defend…

‘How long will We continue in this way?’ ‘How long before We say, ‘Enough is Enough,’ when it comes to Violence?’ ‘How
much Pain do We have to endure to wake up?’ ‘How many of Our Brothers and Sisters have to DIE for Us to stand up for what is Right?’ ‘How many stories do We have to read in the News about senseless Violence before we decide that WE
won’t accept it as News that We want to read anymore?’ ‘ How many Tears have to be shed by Family members and LOVED Ones left behind before We are truly motivated to put a STOP to the Craziness?’ ‘When will We cease the Genocidal
Violence on those of Our races?’ ‘When will a Life mean ‘something’ again?’ ‘How…?’ ‘When…?’

Yellow Police Tape and White Chalk Outlining Fallen Bodies can no longer be Our National Landmarks…
My Friend…My Reader…How do you feel about this?

(This topic will be revisited later…)

-PM Bishop

 
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Posted by on April 11, 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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