Category Archives: Inspiration

Topics surrounding: adulation, illumination, motivation – things of the spirit.

The Resilience Breakthrough Pt3

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Resilience is innate.  However, it must be discovered, explored, and/or developed. Absent challenges, adversity, etc., resilience cannot be realized, demonstrated, nor illustrated.  Derek Irvin


Prior to bed last night, July 10th – Sunday, I was watching Animal Planet.  I had been reading the book, The Resilience Breakthrough.  Thus my shared thoughts above surrounding – resilience.  This segment was about seals.  There was a baby seal that was newly born.  Not long after its birth, the mother quickly jumped into and swam far out into the sea for food.  The baby seal was “fearful” of swimming. He was fearful of getting in the water.  At first it just dipped its head in and looked around under water.  It was the cutest sight.  Eventually it FELL in and it had to swim – although clumsily.  It splashed and made lots of noises.  Interestingly, there was a male bull seal that seemed to be perturbed by this little guy.  The large male bit the little guy.  Several times, it picked up the baby by the neck or fin and slung it around the sea like a rag doll.  At one point I thought he was trying to drown the lil’ guy.  You could  hear the baby seal swallowing large gulps of the sea.  Eventually, the baby seal got away. Weary and worn, the baby seal made its way to the shore near some rocks. The rocks were slippery, so that baby had a difficult time climbing atop the rocks.  It was a pitiful sight.  It looked like an exhausted human.  I thought it would surely drown. However, finally, it made it atop the rocks.  There he rested. This sight to me was a demonstration of resilience. We all have it within ourselves to overcome any challenge.  The wherewithal to stay afloat and not drown lie somewhere deep within and it is when we find ourselves in difficult circumstances, paint, disappointment, or tragedy that resilience is demonstrated. Here’s a video that attempts to demonstrate my point; it’s not what I saw last night, but you should get the point.  CLICK: Baby Seal Swimming.  Period, Case-Closed!

The Resilience Breakthrough Pt 1a

Resilience BreakthroughThere is an honor in pressing through even the worst of circumstances, and this is because of one of life’s most important truths:  Pain channeled in a positive direction is the greatest thing than can happen to you. – Christian Moore, LSCW


I can not put this book down!  My thoughts surrounding this quote moved me immediately to the horrific events near Baton Rouge, LA, near St. Paul, MN, and in Dallas, TX. Now is the opportune moment for Law Enforcement agencies and communities around this nation to really take a deep look at these heinously, bloodcurdling – repulsive incidents and admit that we have a problem, in Louisiana, in Minnesota, in Dallas – in America!  We have to fix it and the only way to fix it is to press through it (the fear, the racism, etc.) and be honest and admit that we have a problem.  I don’t care what side you are on.  We have a problem with our Christian…Muslim selves.  We have a problem. –Period, Case-Closed!

The Resilience Breakthrough, Part 1

Resilience BreakthroughResiliency is the ability to bounce back when you have every reason to shut down – but you fight on! – Christian Moore, LCSW


I am reading this book for a potential project in the program for which I am employed.  Recently, I read a public Facebook post on June 26th, 2016, 7:33am, by my second mother.  Her husband went to school with my mother.  She shared a number of challenges that speak to the reason many would shut down:  The lost of two children (her oldest daughter and her only son), then a car wreck that included her other children, the loss of a father, surviving breast cancer, blood clots in both lungs, then her baby too experienced blood clots in both lungs and through all this eventually graduated from college. When I read the definition of resiliency above, I had to stop to publish my thoughts as I immediately thought of her.  She has absolutely demonstrated resiliency.  She is the epitome of resiliency. Period, Case-Closed!

If You Are Not Getting – Give! Ch2

f you are not getting – give! – Prayer-line, 5:30 am, Saturday, June 9th, 2016 of my dear friend Parrish (not his real name).


Boobie came to ask me if I needed my coffee heated. I did!  I am in the home office researching and writing. I guess “Serena” is on commercial!  LOL!  Anywho, OMG, I swear this coffee tastes better.  You laugh?  I am so serious!  It’s so darn good!!!  If you came directly here to Ch 2, you must read Ch I to understand.  Anywho, back to dissertation. Period, Case-Closed!

If Your Are Not Getting – Give Ch1

coffeeIf you are not getting – give! – Prayer-line, 5:30 am, Saturday, June 9th, 2016 of my dear friend Parrish (not his real name).


No, I was not on the prayer-line, but probably should have been.  I’m just saying! I had wanted my significant other, I call him Boobie (Boo-bie), to go to Starbucks to get coffee.  He responded, “no, ’cause I have to watch Serena!” I immediately became incensed.  My response was twofold:  You might think this is all in my head, but my peppermint mocha tastes immensely better when my Boobie buys it. Lol.  I’m so serious. Additionally, I went to get the coffee the last two times. LOL.

Pissed, I went downstairs to get something, I do not even recall what.  Sidebar:  Aren’t we humans funny?  As I opened the refrigerator freezer, Parrish’s frozen mocha frappucino fell and smashed onto my foot.  IT HURT LIKE HELL!  Parrish came into the kitchen.  I told him I would go and get a replacement.  Parrish said that it was not necessary.  I then shared with Parrish my Boobie’s comment about his need to watch Serena.  That’s when Parrish shared the thought for this post. I immediately got the lesson and went and purchased my Boobie’s triple grande white chocolate mocha, Parrish’s mocha frappucino (although he did want the replacement), and of course my double tall, non-fat, peppermint mocha. I’m glad I went and got the coffee, although I went the last two times.  It’s been 14.5 years, challenging, but truth be told – really, really great compared to most.  50/50? – please! Outside of abuse, give even if you are not gettingPeriod, Case-Closed!


The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life.  Attitude, to me, is more important than facts.  It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think, say or do.  It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. 

It will make or break a company… a church… a home.  The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we embrace for that day.  We cannot change our past… we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way.  We cannot change the inevitable.  The only thing we can do is play the one string we have, and that is our attitude… I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it.  And so it is with you… we are in charge of our Attitudes. – Charles Swindoll



This is one of my  favorite poems of all time.  It is ancient, but every bit relevant today, thus timeless.  Enjoy, Period, Case-Closed!

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The following link is from my Uncle Barry’s blog!  This man is truly my teacher!  I share and dedicate this to my doctoral candidate colleagues at Prairie View A & M University!