Why do we do it, we pretend we love God, but we treat his creation with disrespect and harm. We build relationships and then tear them down with our hurting words and the way we act. I say I love you when at the same time I am bedding another. You tell your children right when you are doing wrong. You get all dressed up just to go to church. You sit there in all of your finery. You shout out your love for God when you are having thoughts about, and lusting on, the Reverend. (Insert preacher, teacher or priest.) Or maybe this Sunday it is the Deacon or some other man in the congregation. You do not go hunting at church; is this the way it is meant to be. And why are you standing so tall, brothers, is there something you need to see, or, are you just flashing. Not to worry, they see you.
Yes, we are the greatest pretenders and that is why life is a lie for so many of us, you know who you are. You cannot live a lie and expect life to be true to you and then pray for what you have pushed away. A lie will never win over the truth. And the worst lie that you can tell is to yourself. I do not have to live with your lie, you do. And a lie lives on until the truth is told.
God created us with all we need to do the right thing; it is up to us to do it. He gave us free will for a reason. We have a choice to do right or to do wrong, what do you choose? When I say I love you when at the same time I have lust in my heart for another, this is wrong. When I say that you are my friend and I have a knife at your back, this is wrong. And no wrong can ever be made right. You can only do right after you have done wrong, that is the best that you can do. The hurt that you have done will still be there, always.
Of course, you will do better, when you know better, it is for you to learn how to be better, that is, if better is what you want to be. Yes, you are the greatest pretender and you know who you are. You may fool yourself, for a while, but will not fool God. You are letting your mind tell you what to do when you should be telling your mind. You are the master of you, not your mind. It is how you think. And how you think is how you feel, and how you feel will be how you act.
My life has been my education—a university graduate as well— and has shaped how I see the world. What I write is inspired by the Creator. It is a natural process, not forced or coerced. It is written as it flows into my mind, and my life experiences and observations of the wonders of nature are the foundation for my insight. I am on a mission that was given to me and my life has prepared me to be the messenger. What I write is about what I believe and cannot be refuted, disproven or denied because it is truth. And there is no one who will not see some part of himself or herself or someone they know.
It has all been a road well traveled. There have been freeways, side streets and dead ends. I have been cautioned, sped up and slowed down. I have changed lanes, merged with traffic and yielded to the right of way. I have been first at four way stops and the last to leave. I have driven through heavy rain, sunny days, and dark nights. It is after the darkest of them all, that I came to an intersection. I could pray on or move on. I now move with the traffic. I speed up when I can slow down when I should and pass when I must. Though, I am not in a hurry, life for me is not a race. We get to the end of the road soon enough. I made a decision to stay on the road of life. To take the off ramp is a thing I did not want to do.
On my way, I have gained a wide range of experience that has given me a prospective on life that I believe to be unique for someone who is still around to tell about it. I have been a community activist, housing advocate and an anti-Klan protest leader. I have presented talks to business owners, university students and the not so well off. I have been in charge of political campaigns and conducted complete counts for the Census Bureau. I have lived on the hill, down the street and served meals to the homeless at the Poor Peoples Campaign in Washington, D.C. I have had money, had none and started all over again.
It is my mission to use my life experience to benefit others, as I know there is more to the mind than what you may have been told. What I have to say is not academic; I simply look at life in a way you may never have, and you will get answers to questions that you did not know you ever had. It is how I see the world and life as it was given. From the beginning to the end, it is all about life, “the good, the bad, the ugly.” I have seen my share.
I write, I speak, and I share. One achievement I am especially proud of is to be the President and founding member of the Otis Redding Group. The members organized the fund-raising campaign to construct the Otis Redding Memorial that is now located on the roof garden of the Frank Lloyd Wright designed Monona Terrace Convention Center in Madison, Wisconsin.
I have organized and directed workshops and seminars on Diversity in the Workplace. I have been a talk show host, and keynote speaker for numerous groups and organizations. And have held a number of professional positions including Equal Opportunities Commission Director, Job Center Business Development Program Instructor, Personnel Officer and Student Placement Counselor.
I have had a number of past professional affiliations including Chicago Association of Black Journalists, International Personnel Management Association, Conference of Minority Public Administrators, International Association of Official Human Rights Agencies, and have been a Better Business Bureau Arbitrator.
I have been an ongoing Senior Guest Auditor at the University of Wisconsin with a concentration in Psychology.