As I spent much of the day traveling and thinking about what I’m going to say to leaders of Edison’s great company, I focused my thoughts on Edison. Some of his quotes, some of his inventions, and what I could pick up from him. In doing so, I came across the following quote from the great Thomas Edison.
“From his neck down a man is worth a couple of dollars a day, from his neck up he is worth anything that his brain can produce.”
Reading it made me smile and gave me just an inkling of a sense that I was very well aligned with this genius because I have a quote very similar to this and that is “The best way to be indespensable is to profit based on what you know versus getting paid for what you do.” I recall mentoring young boys and challenging them to cautiously pursue sports and entertainment as their livelihood as those fields were strongly dependent on aspects of life that can be easily changed or that age or that can be easily destroyed. But if you were in a field where what was in your brain guided your contribution then you could maintain a high level of success for decades without worry of what might happen to your body.
Anyway, I eventually completed my outline of thinking but before doing so I saw a few others. One being, “The thing I lose patience with the most is the clock. Its hands move too fast.” I’m especially thinking about this one now that I’m four hours from needing to wake up to start my day. But I dare to worry because as Edison stated, ” As a cure for worrying, work is far better than whiskey. I always found that, if I began to worry, the best thing I could do was focus upon doing something useful and then work very hard at it. Soon, I would forget what was troubling me.”
And with that, I’ve successfully overcome worry for the night and definitely succumb to the clock and its oh so fast hands.
As I post to this blog, I’m also writing what I remember and what I think I remember of my life. I’m currently working on the elementary years and welcome any thoughts, edits, memories, clarifications, etc. for any of you that experienced those years with me. Following that I’ll see if or how I transition to middle and high school and the years that follow.
Writing this stuff has not been easy and I’m sure it will only get more difficult. It also feels good and relieving to understand that I’m providing context that my children, grandchildren, and generations to follow can learn about me and feel less of a gap in knowing whom they are.
Many thanks to Rev. James Trapp for today’s sermon at Spiritual Life Center. The message was on forgiveness. One portion of the message regarding the need to forgive yourself as much as you need to forgive others or receive forgiveness from others really hit home. I am excellent at beating myself up, being disappointed in past choices, etc. and the reality is “looking back does little to nothing in helping me move forward” within that specific situation. Obviously, it’s my burden to learn from my past and leverage the new opportunities to improve. However, being down on myself for past actions provides me no skill or will to do better moving forward.
It was also good to hear the singing and to see my old hair stylist, Ifamodupe, singing at SLC. Something seems odd about me saying my “hair stylist.” But that was the case prior to me cutting my dredlocks just over 3 years ago. Wow.. seems like an eternity since I had those and I actually had them for 10 years.
Was also great to get the kids off my back about having to listen to school R&B music in the car. Was actually listening to one of Stevie Wonder’s old jams as they complained and I manged to change the subject to be about Stevie Wonder being blind. Then quickly transitioned from that to his support of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Somehow was able to go from that to what they did at church and learned there was a discussion on teamwork. Skillfully I was able to align teamwork with me needing help on doing laundry and how much faster and efficient it would be with us working together on putting clothes away. Such fun!
Thankful for the message on forgiveness and to create a new memory with the kids. An being able to look at past memories with a positive perspective, forgiveness as necessary for those involved, and with an equal amount of appreciation and forgiveness for myself.
Have a great week!