He pointed out that I was born on the lower-economic echelon of Great American economic ladder; that I was African-American and a female in a male dominated world; my education was not the best; I know very few people of influence; I was the statistical fatherless child growing up -- the list went on and on.
Yes, I agreed, all those things are true. And most people would be angry at all the unfair treatment that a little black girl from the poor side of town, who didn't know her father, received on a regular basis all through her life. But, I had a whole extended family of 30+ people who loved and supported me. My primary education wasn't the best, but I pushed myself through college and hold a degree in a field that I love. Through hard work and money management skills, I'm no longer in the lower levels of the economic ladder. And I'm part of a wonderful nuclear family that has a dedicated mommy and daddy and three bright kids. I do the work that I love. And all through my trials and tribulations I have had wonderful friends, family and fans of my work that keep me motivated and smiling on a daily basis.
Yes, the world can be rough and brutal and I've seen some really messed up stuff and people have done some terrible things to me and near me, but I can still hold on to the principal that your mindset determines the condition of your environment and your circumstances.
Shaking his head, he still could not understand how this could be. How I could think this way . . . so, I told him a story. That made this very clear to him, I think.
There is an old fairy story about the Sun and Earthly Creatures.
One day, the Sun was listening to some earthly creatures
talking about a very dark place they had found. A place of
deep, dark abyss. A Stygian darkness, of gloom and
forbidding. Each creature told how terrifically horrible and
dark the place had seemed. They went on and on about this
place they had found, describing it in great detail.
Curious, the Sun went and looked for this place. He went to
the exact spot they had described. He searched
EVERYWHERE, but he could not find even a tiny shadowy
He came back to tell the earth creatures he couldn't find it,
and in fact, he did not believe there was any dark place.
For you see, we only see our reflection - the energy we give
off. Darkness is the absence of light. Evil is merely the
absence of good.
BE THE SUN my friend.
P.S. I failed to point out to my friend one thing on his list that was very, very wrong. I DO know people of influence and power. YOU! Stay powerful and influential my friends!
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