Today’s “Triple P” post or positive post for the posse is about PICTURE DAY.
How many of you remember picture day in school? You know the day when you woke up and yo momma would get you ready for the big day. You pull out your favorite outfit and you thought you were looking so good. Well…I remember picture day, and I also remember never having my hair combed in any of my pictures all the way up until the 5th grade. As I look back on those old pictures, it looks like I stuck my hand in an electrical socket (See pic below). Those pictures look really terrible.
As I got older, I eventually figured out that it was my obligation to groom, prepare, and take responsibility for myself. I would eventually learn in life that how you look had nothing to do with your brain, your intellect, or your desire for knowledge.
Here are few pointers I’ve picked up in life that have profoundly changed my ability to make the mental leap from I was to where I wanted to be; to paint a better picture of myself.
1). SELFISHNESS. As far as I can remember, I have always shared whatever I had with other people. It wasn’t until later in life I had to accept the fact, I derive a sense of satisfaction and life purpose by helping other people. When we help someone else without regard to whether or not you will get something in return, I believe the universe opens up to us in ways we can’t even begin to imagine. My spiritual, religious, and faith based friends call it “Gods Blessings.” I agree. While my secular friends call it, good ole fashion “luck.” Whatever you call it, giving back makes you “look” and “feel” better. It’s the right thing to do and is a good picture of you at your best.
2). TRICKSTERS. Growing up the way I did, I learned many lessons that even with three master’s degrees, a law degree and a doctorate, academics simply can’t teach you. One big lesson was learning people. Remember, everybody ain’t ya friend. Sadly, there are people out here who wake up every single day, and whose sole purpose is to figure out how to ruin YOUR day. Do you know these kind of people? They are tricksters masquerading as family members, so called friends, co-workers, husbands, wives, boyfriends, girlfriends, politicians, etc. All I can say is, pray for them and love them anyway. Always be the bigger person. This paints a good picture of you.
3). WHISPERING VOICES. Have you ever seen a movie where voices speak to people in their heads? I have. All of us have to guard against that annoying little voice in OUR heads that sometimes tell us we are not good enough or smart enough to accomplish our dreams. Hey…you are too fat, too skinny, too black, too white, too ugly, too dumb. You don’t have the education and skills to do that? Who would want you with your past? You’ve made to many mistakes. Just play it safe and stay where you are in life. When these voices create a negative picture of you, simply pause and tell that voice to SHUT UP!!! Tell that voice what you did in the past is NOT going to rob you of your future. Tell that voice to leave you alone and go straight to Heaven. And you thought I was going to say a bad word. Shame on you. That would not be a positive post for this posse.