Today I was seated in a taxi heading out to meet someone I wanted to sell to a project idea that has been rejected three times. I sat in the taxi contemplating all the moves I was going to pull to make this person believe in this project idea as much as I did. With the sting of rejection still lingering in my mind, a police siren goes off, I look out of the window hoping the Police was chasing us but I see nothing and then this guy says hullo and the siren goes off.
I look at this guy and I almost got into a small miff with him but my mind took over and I imagined myself throwing his phone out of the window. Grabbed my seat and banged it on his head(that’s how violent my mind was) because his ringtone was interrupting my thought process.
His phone went off again and I was like, God I am going to kill someone (with a Nigeria accent) and then someone on the other side of the line said (omulwadde affude) the patient is dead. I died several times inside for my selfishness. All of us have things fighting us, whether it is rejection, death, unemployment, poverty, hunger or bankruptcy.
They are out for our mental stability. They are out for our financial stability. They are out for our emotional and physical stability but somehow we try to fight back even with our failing attempts to hold on.
But when I got back home and opened my Facebook account I found this quote and followed its link which led me to all these beautiful Obama dialogues I have never seen and I was too obliged to share them with you. I will still be bringing the blogging stories but this is like that hiccup you get and can’t ignore.
So here they are and I am sure they’ll blow your mind away;
You don’t do things alone. Nobody does things alone. Everybody always needs support. For a young man like you, you should never be too afraid or too shy to look for people who can encourage you or mentor you. There are a lot of people out there who want to provide advice and support to people who are trying to do the right thing. So you’ll have a lot of people helping you. Just always remember to be open to help. Never think that you know everything. And always be ready to listen.
When is the time you felt most broken?
I first ran for Congress in 1999, and I got beat. I just got whooped. I had been in the state legislature for a long time, I was in the minority party, I wasn’t getting a lot done, and I was away from my family and putting a lot of strain on Michelle. Then for me to run and lose that bad, I was thinking maybe this isn’t what I was cut out to do. I was forty years old, and I’d invested a lot of time and effort into something that didn’t seem to be working. But the thing that got me through that moment, and any other time that I’ve felt stuck, is to remind myself that it’s about the work. Because if you’re worrying about yourself—if you’re thinking: ‘Am I succeeding? Am I in the right position? Am I being appreciated?’ — then you’re going to end up feeling frustrated and stuck. But if you can keep it about the work, you’ll always have a path. There’s always something to be done.
I first met Cory Remsburg, a proud Army Ranger, at Omaha Beach on the 65th anniversary of D-Day. Along with some of his fellow Rangers, he walked me through the program – a strong, impressive young man, with an easy manner, sharp as a tack. We joked around, and took pictures, and I told him to stay in touch.
A few months later, on his tenth deployment, Cory was nearly killed by a massive roadside bomb in Afghanistan. His comrades found him in a canal, face down, underwater, shrapnel in his brain.
For months, he lay in a coma. The next time I met him, in the hospital, he couldn’t speak; he could barely move. Over the years, he’s endured dozens of surgeries and procedures, and hours of grueling rehab every day.
Even now, Cory is still blind in one eye. He still struggles on his left side. But slowly, steadily, with the support of caregivers like his dad Craig, and the community around him, Cory has grown stronger. Day by day, he’s learned to speak again and stand again and walk again – and he’s working toward the day when he can serve his country again.
After describing the chilling details of his injury and the slow and painful road to recover he said very simply—Nothing in life that’s worth anything is easy.
With a changing economy, no one has lifetime employment. But community colleges provide lifetime employability.
After reading this I feel like someone has been speaking to me and it was just about time I listened, I feel fulfilled and replenished especially by number 2 and 3. Enjoy.