A mature person is one who does not think only in absolutes, who is able to be objective even when deeply stirred emotionally, who has learned that there is both good and bad in all people and in all things, and who walks humbly and deals charitably with the circumstances of life, knowing that in this world no one is all-knowing and therefore all of us need both love and charity.
A couple of month ago, I met an eight (80) year old man at a local restaurant. We struck up a conversation during which time he told me the secret to life. He said, "Life is not difficult, we (humans) make it difficult. There are three things that comprise the secret of life. The first is LOVE, love someone and be loved by someone, the second is HELP, help someone and someone will help you and third, ENJOY, find something that you enjoy, it doesn't have to be the same thing someone else enjoys." After thinking this over for a couple of days, it dawned on me that this elderly gentlemen was absolutely correct. I felt so blessed to have been given this tidbit of wisdom from one much older than I. One who has experienced a lot more of life than I. The following video is an example of all three of these principles. If the man in question didn't have LOVE in his heart, he wouldn't have offered HELP and it's obvious .... ENJOYment was felt by all.
What awakens you in the morning? I’m not a morning person……not now......nor ever have been. So getting up in the morning is not one of my favorite things to do. What’s interesting is when I do, I usually do it without much effort. I just get up and go about doing what needs to be done. Of course, I’m complaining and grumbling every step of the way. Most of the time, I utilize a clock radio; however, usually I wake up just prior to the time the clock radio goes off. I guess you could say I have a built in clock that awakens me and the clock radio is my backup. I've always had that built in clock even though sometimes I ignore it. I also have a built in snooze alarm. The only problem is my built in snooze alarm doesn’t always go off in ten minute intervals. It’s more like intervals of an hour. So that’s why I have the clock radio as backup. When I was a kid, my alarm clock was my mom. She would call upstairs and say, “it’s time to get up baby”…………that would be the first time. The next time I’d hear……”Are you up?” My answer, of course, would be “Yes” even though I wasn’t. The final call would be, “Don’t make me come up there and get you out of that bed boy.” Once I heard that, I’d be up and at ‘em……cuz you didn’t want Mrs. Thomas coming to get you out of the bed. My mom was innovative. She’d get you up with one swing of a belt, or pour some water on you or (the worst) was to just stand over you with her arms folded saying you got five seconds to get outta that bed. Ya think I wasn’t up in 2 ……who da fool…not me. While in college, I had no problem getting up in the morning…….that’s cuz I didn’t do it. I never went to breakfast (my roommate did, so I’d tell him to bring me one of those little boxes of cereal….and he did.......at first…...till he caught on, then he’d say get yo lazy #$%! up and git it yo'self) and I made sure my classes didn’t start till at least ten. Problem solved. Being in the military; however, did present a problem. Because all the military does is awaken early in the morning. So what I did was buy an expensive stereo system (while I was stationed in Germany) with a remote timer. I’d turn the volume on the stereo up loud and I kept the stereo in another room. So when the timer turned the system on at “oh dark thirty”, I’d have to get up, walk to the other room to turn the volume down or the system off. Ok, but now, I’m up, so might as well keep on moving. Everybody has their own method to the madness. How do you awaken yourself in the morning? My wife sets the clock radio ahead an hour, puts the volume on rock concert level, then hits the snooze button 6 times before getting up (that’s overkill) and will still be late for work. I have a friend who gets up and sticks his head in the freezer for about a minute. Another friend gets cold water from the refrigerator and pours it over his head (been doing the ice bucket challenge all his life). And still another friend’s dog gets her up by licking her face (I don’t know bout that.....dogs like to lick....whatever....my face cannot and will not be included in "whatever"). Here’s a good one…..a friend programs her TV (the fact that she can program her TV deserves an award) and when she hears a strange man’s voice coming from the living room area, she automatically gets up to investigate, usually with a snub nose 32. Say What?!? (don’t think the wife & I will spend the night over there). But hey, whatever works for you. Personally, I’m glad I don’t have to awaken at an early hour on a consistent basis. Usually, I’ll awaken around 8am, lie there listening to the Steve Harvey Morning Show until 9am, then turn on the TV to catch NCIS or Andy Griffith or the new and finally arise around 10am, bright eyed and bushy tailed……..hey, it works for me. I hope your solution works for you.
I was getting a haircut recently and my barber was talking about how excited he was to see New Edition (group was performing in the area). His son (a sophomore in college) remarked, “Dad, you always wanna see those old school performers.” His statement caught my attention because I didn’t consider New Edition to be old school. So I said, “If New Edition is old school, then what are the performers I consider to be old school?”
Him: “Like whom?” ( whom? told you he was in college)
Me: “Well, The Whispers, Stephanie Mills, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Maze, Patti Labelle, Earth, Wind & Fire, Charlie Wilson, just to name a few.”
Him: “Oh, they’re classics.”
Me: “Alright now, MY music is classic music.”
Him: “Yeah, that’s a LOT older than old school.”
Me: “Why, you little…….”
Last week, while doing a remote broadcast, I registered people to win two tickets to the 957 RnB Soul Music Fest, Nov 1st, at the Hampton Coliseum. I was informing them that it would feature performances from The Whispers, Stephanie Mills, Mint Condition….before I could finish, I noticed this blank look on some of their faces (the young people). So I asked, “you’ve heard of The Whispers right?”
Young uns: No
Me: How about Stephanie Mills?
Young uns: Ummmmmm, nope.
Me: Mint Condition?
1 Young un: I think my Momma might know ‘em.
Me: How old are y’all?
Young uns: 20, 19, 21, 23.
Me: Well, have y’all ever heard of Chrisette Michelle?
Young uns: A resounding and unified….. “YES!”
Now, they’re all excited and ready to register to win the tickets. Then a young woman said to me, “Have you ever heard of Chief Keef?
Me: Ain’t that the name of the Washington DC football team mascot?
Her: “Nope, how bout Shaggy?”
Me: “Fo’sho, he works at our sister station ….. Z104.
Her: “What? No sir. (so polite … I loved it) You ever heard of Nappy Roots?”
Me: “Aw your hair doesn’t look that bad, just a little touch up will do.”
Her: (with a deep sigh) “You’re hilarious. Maybe you’ve heard of 50 cent?”
Me: “Word, I’m hip to the hop you don’t stop. I know all about fiddy cent, 2 Chainz, Fat Boys, Kool Mo Dee, Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five, MC Lyte, Rapper’s Delight….. how it go….hotel, motel, holiday inn…
(It was about that time, I noticed that blank look on her face again)