A Letter From a Parent
“You have forgotten who you are and so forgotten me. Look inside yourself, Simba. You are more than what you have become. You must take your place in the Circle of Life. Remember who you are. You are my son.”
—Mufasa, Disney’s Lion King
Even before you entered this world you were being showered with love.
We mapped out a plan and you were sent from above.
While you were growing you momma was busy protecting.
For she was shown a different side of life.
A side about chaos and strife.
The ones with the big hands disguised as a cuddly bear but underneath were a big healthy snake
Created was hatred and fear.
Your education will provide for you many opportunities.
But be careful trusting even those considered “trusted” within your own communities.
Sometimes those with power seem to embrace that delicate gift to be used as a weapon.
And then one day you are standing there only to be called a fool.
Also created was hatred and fear.
Whoever you fall in love with it doesn’t matter who they might be.
Man or woman just love and be free.
If your relationship requires a suit of armor….BEWARE.
Because in the eyes of the perpetrator, no one will be there.
Another example of hatred and fear.
My precious boys always remember this……
-If someone wants you to do something and it feels wrong then it probably is.
-No one’s hands are automatically invited just because you’re a kid. You belong to you until you decide that the right person has come along to share that with you.
-Don’t get caught up in the politics of government and the business world. The heads of these corporations are as corrupt as their politics. Learn and simply be aware.
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-Be loyal for this is a shining quality.
-Be a man of your word.
-Remember that families come in different shapes, colors and sizes. There are those families that are a part of your genetic makeup. There are also the families that you handpick and these are your “Chosen Families.” They are not given but rather simultaneously joined and built through mutual love and respect on both sides. They stand alone in the world in love, loyalty and compassion. Hold onto them tight for the greatest pain is when they leave for reasons other than by choice. This pain will be felt deep in your soul.
-You are a uniquely, beautiful person who deserves for the words “No” and “Stop” to be validated.
– Remember that anyone who is “different” from you has their own scoop of “special” in their soul.
-The most powerful and damaging muscle in the body is the tongue. It can do damage in ways that people sometimes aren’t able to recover. And once it’s said it cannot be taken back.
-Becoming a man is a process not an event. You can’t walk into your house and throw a quarter on the table and call yourself a man.
-There’s a big difference in being a father and being a daddy.
-Appreciate a valuable education because it can disappear with your dreams when you’re not looking.
-Dreams give you a reason to live. Never allow someone to hurt you so bad that you stop dreaming.
-Don’t judge those who die by their own hand. You don’t know their battles and I hope you never do. Sometimes life is just too difficult.
-Learn from your elders for they are life’s greatest storytellers.
-Always, always remember that there is a story inside of you that if only you share it with the world the amount of lives touched can be limitless.
-If you see or hear an injustice make your voice heard for you might be the only advocate in the moment. DO NOT REMAIN SILENT because your personal view isn’t popular. If you turn a blind eye then you’re just as guilty as the perpetrator.
-If you need help ask for what you need. The longer you wait the more your soul will become necrotic until the damage is so colossal that recovery might not be possible.
-Men and boys have tears too. Share them with the world. Character makes a man not tears.
-Religion is for those who are scared to go to hell. Spirituality is for those of us who have already been there.
-Don’t live in a tunnel of vision. Just because it’s not what you choose doesn’t mean it’s wrong. Make educated decisions not ones that guarantee membership in a local bandwagon.
-Learn history and be able to recognize the signs of it beginning to repeat itself.
-Even through your greatest efforts you can’t save them all. It’s not about you.
-Be smart about living life not just likeable.
-Respect takes a long time to develop and a mere second to lose.
-Animals are to be loved for their love is a different and special kind of love.
-Every situation is a gift. It might not come with a pretty bow and pretty wrapping but it’s still a gift.
-Don’t attach your self-worth and value to someone who can’t see your worth and value.
-Learn to love yourself independently of from the societies of the world for this is a great lesson in survival.
-Look for the diamonds that cross your path and love them like the precious gems that they are. Learn from them.
“Love hard but be willing to be loved hard back.”