Live Your Potential. Don’t let it die. You will face opposition and you will feel pain. But you’ve got promise, will, grit, ability, stamina, fortitude, faith and even in a stranger, a Friend. Now, make sure you have a PLAN. You’ve got it in You. GO for it because WHAT YOU DO MATTERS!
It has been a really long time since I last wrote and I have about a million great excuses for you. Reasons like, “I’ve been super busy” and “There’s been a lot going on.” Truth is, I felt like I didn’t have the ‘right’ words to say. I waited for and even anticipated the perfect juxtaposition of words. I was sure that once inspired, my words would flow like tapestry on virtual paper. It simply did not happen. But eventually something clicked.
Finding the right time and the right words have a lot to do with what we value. It isn’t that we do not have demanding schedules or that we don’t have to choose among choices. Fact is, that’s life. Life requires us to make choices among competing options. It expects us to prioritize the more important things and very importantly, to balance and harmonize them. Otherwise, we risk not getting things done or getting many things done but in the wrong direction.
“Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after,” Henry David Thoreau. We can spend a lot of time and effort on a good thing, a great project, even a worthy goal. But is it consistent with the direction your life should move towards? Where are you investing your life? Are you making the time for what and who really matters? Had I continued to wait for the perfect words, I could not share this blog with you. Life is a mix of relationships and decisions.
Check your life’s compass to make sure you are on course. You’ve got what it takes and What You Do Matters!
I am on my knees in a Florida hotel room with tears running down my face. Honestly, I would much rather keep this to myself but I know someone needs to read this. I feel a little overwhelmed but not with sadness. Rather, it’s a sobering awareness of GOD’s mindfulness towards me.
The past year and a half was tougher than I have admitted to anyone. Frankly, there was only so much I could explain with words. You may know like I do, what it’s like to have limited cash with barely enough money to buy gas for your car and then to lose that car. You may have an idea of what it is like to face a crisis and feel like you’re quickly running out of options in a world where people are often measured by the contents of their pockets instead of the content of their character.
Although most persons in Orlando are vacationing, I am not. I’m here on a very important mission that I will tell you more about in future blogs. Right now, I’m reflecting on today’s devotions. The words got pass my ears and have reached my soul. My spirit marvels at GOD’s love. “Fear not,” it reads, “for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.’
For anyone who has a dream and you are wondering how you will beat the odds, I am talking to you. For that person who is at odds with a spouse, friend, coworker, business partner or family member and wants to find peace and resolve, I am talking to you. To that teenager or adult who wants to better understand him or herself or forgive herself, I’m talking to you. To that educator, construction engineer, student, CEO, administrator, carpenter, doctor, and unnamed persons who want to fully understand and complete their life’s purpose, I am talking to you. For that person who wants to be loved, valued and respected, I AM TALKING TO YOU.
I’m not trying to give you a panacea like the one found in the “Alice in Wonderland” fairy tale. In most circumstances, clicking your heels will not make things better. Rather, I am talking about forming a foundation of faith that you build on with your actions. I can only share my personal story and the rewards of my relationship with CHRIST. I’m not perfect but HE is.
We all have our own minds and hearts and I respect yours even if we don’t share the same convictions. My heart is not to offend but to remind you that you are valuable, you are worth it. You can push beyond your ‘pause.’ Face your disappointments, even your fear of failure. “The fears we don’t face become our limits”, says Robin Sharma. If you can’t fly, run; if you can’t run, walk; if you can’t walk, crawl but by all means keep moving,” Dr. Martin Luther king Jr.
What you do matters. ~ Kirk Johnson
Good Day World, I know you’ve been waiting for me. Yes, waiting for my unique talent, personality and GOD-given abilities. I know you know that I am uniquely me and like a fingerprint there is no carbon copy. I am the one and only original. I am Me. I am here and will fulfill my purpose, walk out my destiny. I am joy-filled, confident and at peace.
I am more than an Overcomer. I am a ‘Finisher.’ I am whole. I am here and like a bullet train I will push through to my destination. It’s not about my ‘title’ in life but my tenacity, integrity and dogged determination to live life fully and in that, my purpose. I will work diligently to make the difference in my family, community and country and I will begin with me. I will search and destroy doubt, negative attitudes and self-defeating thoughts. I will rest, rejuvenate and educate my mind, body, spirit and soul. I am a Winner. I am a helper. I am a Believer. I Am ME.
I must admit that this mantra inspires me. So much so, that I almost had to ask, “who wrote it?” (Smile) Seriously though, the need to remember your value and life’s mission is a constant need across islands, provinces, villages, states and continents. From Atlanta to Andros, Chile to China, Kosovo to Kenya, Japan to Jamaica, we all need inspiration. However, while it’s wonderful to receive it from others, it cannot replace the hope and drive that must come from within.
Today I remind you to search your heart and mind for your passion, purpose and dreams. I often find inspiration in the song ‘The Script’ sung by Hall of Fame and Will I Am. I was at a meeting recently and the speaker inspired me with the message ‘Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed’ (Proverbs 16:3). Don’t delay and don’t give up because what you do Matters. ~ Kirk Johnson
My meeting Sir Sidney Poitier was without the extended entourage, fine tailored suits and clamoring reporters we often see. It was not at the renaming ceremony of the Paradise Island Bridge in The Bahamas, nor was it during his guest of honour appearance at Oprah’s “Dinner of a Lifetime with Sidney Poitier” or President Obama’s honoring ceremony.
Rather, It was last weekend on the set of a video shoot for a new production by Regal Shine Films. We were shooting in a cemetery near historic Nassau in The Bahamas. However, the internationally acclaimed actor and diplomat was there for a completely different reason. His limousine quietly drove into the cemetery’s parking lot and after a few minutes, a small group of persons made their way towards us. It wasn’t until he was within 30 feet that I realized it was Sir Sidney, a few family members and a single bodyguard. I would also later discover that the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the honourable Fred Mitchell, his driver, a press officer from the government’s Bahamas Information Services and a few others were present.
However, they, like us were not the focus of his attention. We would later greet him, shake his hands and listen to his personal words of inspiration. But right then, it was as if we weren’t there. Understandably, he had a singular focus. He was there to visit his parents’ place of rest. He first walked to his father’s gravesite and spent a few minutes in quiet contemplation. Then he walked the extra 50 yards to visit his mother’s grave and there he sat alone with the woman who gave birth to him 85 years ago.
My emotions were torn between the enthusiasm of meeting the man who inspired my father and whose cousin was my mother’s neighbor and the sobering sense of loss that he was likely experiencing. It was not the first time I had met Mr. Poitier but I can’t help but wonder if it was my last. It made me think about how fortunate I am to still have my parents alive. More importantly, the need for me to fully value them in ways that are clear to their understanding. Truth is, we can love someone all we want but if they don’t interpret it as love that meets their need, then there’s a shortfall.
In your case, my encouragment may relate to a friend, love interest or coworker, a family member or a complete stranger. Life doesn’t always give us that “second chance.” Make every moment count. What you do matters.
Have you experienced a hurricane or tornado? I have. In fact, several. The threat of a hurricane or cyclone strike is as much a way of life for those of us in Florida, China and the Caribbean as the threat of twisters in Kansas, Texas or Oklahoma. What’s more, social media and news stories share the experience with the world.
Right now I’m having to stay inside as Hurricane Sandy leaves her footprints throughout my community. Gale force winds rush through every opening it can find and the trees outside move like a disorganized Olympic rowing team. While most of us know of the destructive power of a storm, earthquake or tsunami, we may not as quickly consider the “little” things we do or say that may damage or potentially destroy our lives or someone else’s.
Poor eating habits, consuming or abusing substances (not all of which are illegal), conversations and associations that undermine good character and integrity, thoughts that move our minds to self-defeating attitudes, condescending remarks to others (even those we say we love), viewing and reading material that blur the line between right and wrong and the list goes on. A few days go, a mechanic told me that a car is like a human being. What you put in (fuel, oil etc) is what comes out (performance and reliability). Invest your time, talents and resources in building the best you and those around you. What you do matters.
Today I spoke with Melissa during my weekday talk show. Her doctor had told her that she had a rare form of cancer and could possibly die in 3 months to a year. And to think that I thought I had things to stress about! She had cried constantly for about four months as she tried to wrap her mind around her mortality. Then, with the help of those around her, Melissa packed her bags and traveled to Texas for treatment. Despite the days she felt discouraged, she kept her hopes high.
Thankfully, it’s now more than 5 years since that first diagnosis. Melissa fought to stay alive and won! She credits the treatment, a loving husband, a praying family and the healing hands of GOD for her life today and now reaches out to the community with her story of hope.
We’ve all had reasons to cry. I certainly have. Men, it’s ok for us to cry. Ladies you too. Crying has a cleansing power and laughter a rejuvenating benefit. Let us all be willing to drop a tear or two but still keep hope alive. Let us remember that even with the long Winters of the Arctic and constant rainfall in England, a brighter, warmer day does come. It must! Expect it, anticipate it and share it with someone who needs a little sunshine. What you do Matters.