Essays, poems and Stories of an African-American

Saturday, 15 June 2013

Father's Day

On a day like this, I remember you Dad:
I call you old man, sometimes old-folk;
do not take my play on titles as mischief,
I am fond of you!

Remember when I got on your nerves;
I came home after wasting so much money,
you never gave up on me old-man,
you tried all means to maintain order.

A good child is from a good father,
Obedience, industriousness and care,
Long-suffering tenderness and love,
All are manifest because of a father.

Father when it comes to it,
When it comes to the little things,
 Or the big things, my appreciation of everything;

 is only possible because of you.

To work for no money and still be happy

I do enjoy working. What I really mean is I feel a need in me to contribute to the well-being of the community I live in. I do not mind whether that community is so sophisticated. I somehow know all communities have the same/basic needs to meet. Those needs start with shelter, stomach, smiles and sensibilities. I find myself in a situation where I need to be given so much and I need to give much too. I am not driven to do something just because I expect to get money in return.  I do engage in work to also know where I strike the balance. I am capable of many good and productive things. In the USA, where I am a new person there are many other new people who are less skilled in understanding and navigating their way around cities. I call this the urban-literacy and attendant skills and sensibilities (ULASS).

Building communities, making friends and finding sustenance are three skills (a continuing heritage if you may say so) one needs in a newer environment. I shall never go back to live a life I lived in the past but I am to move on in life. I want to be a professional and dedicated scientist. I also want to mentor, to work as a change agent. By change agent, I mean someone who can help many find meaning and possibilities. My niche is dealing with small things and entwining them into bigger things.  There are small steps we need to take to achieve much. We tend (humans) to fear to lose and in the process seek out bigger tasks to accomplish. Therein lies our failure. For in not addressing the small building blocks that make the bigger walls of achievement, we have already failed. In that state we are like a boat moored on the shore. We think we are sailing every time it is buffeted by the waves. In actual fact we are not. We have tied a rope that holds us in one place. Do not give up. Be a formidable and resilient person not because you are straining muscles and sinews but because you are using your grey-matter.

I deal with highlighting the step by step of things. I am happy doing it. I have done and hope to continue to do it without being paid a salary when called upon. I know am living in a country where my time is documented. One day, what am doing today as a volunteer who is going about my business without expecting money (but am happy and fulfilled), will be my passage to understanding needs, engage in problem-sharing and solving sessions. I shall leave this as a very experienced and happy person and move on to a next level. My next job and team will have a person who is sharper, a team-builder and problem-solver. Yahoo!!

Thursday, 13 June 2013

Do it for yourself!

Around you there may be all these voices shouting, cajoling and ridiculing. Some may even be those of your loved ones. Stop and think. You have always done what they want, like and wish. You have never invested in yourself at all. Or, if you have it was again taken by those talking more.

This is your time. Do something good for yourself. Let it be positive and eventually make you lead a life of no regrets and misgivings. Those you are helping now may never be around when you need sugar, salt, a blanket, a coat or transportation to the nearest hospital when you get a heart attack. What eventually saves you is the knowledge you are not a burden to others. Then they may come running to help knowing that you did invest in the attendant support mechanisms. Read about Steve Jobs of the Apple Inc. He says something like this too.