Posts from the ‘Faith’ Category

The Language of Love

Love has a language of its own, yet really all you have to know is it is the way.  I love the movie The Passion of Christ, not because it was easy to watch by any means.  I loved it because it spoke the truth of what God is, God is Love, the truth and the way. 

I recently went to see the movie Red Tails, in that movie the Love/Romance was a pilot seeing what he though was a beautiful Italian women on a roof top hanging clothes on a line.  They waved at each other with a smile of course and you would think that was it.  The pilot appears to be a bit of a womanizer based on what they want us to believe about the pilot.  After landing the plane he jumps in a jeep to go find this women from the roof top.  Once he find her he finds out that she does not speak English and he does not speak Italian.  He tails his friends that she is the one and only one that he wants to be with.  Her mother is or seems excited to have her daughter involved with a military man.

It was hard to tell how the women felt at first but after watching them together you could tell she cared for him as well.  The point here is they could not speak to each other in a common understanding, yet they were clearly speaking to each other on the Love Connection or Love Language.  Even when you do speak the same native language you could be speaking in different languages.  Women speak Women while men speak man, neither are right or wrong just harder to understand for the opposite sex.  Does this mean they are unable to connect or speak to one another? I don’t think so but what it does mean is you have let that universal language of love speak louder.

I don’t know why it is that men speak such a totally different language than women, I guess it is not totally different but yet different enough.

Namaste

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Make The Call, Most Importantly Pick Up The Phone

This is a post I never wanted or planned to write, so if I cut some of this story short this is why.

On Sept. 29th 2011 I was to have a dentist appointment in South Beach California, but the day before I was called to reschedule because dentist being sick.  I thought not much of it other than I’m glad they told me rather than getting there and then them telling me, you would be surprised how much that happens here in LA. 

 

On the 29th my family was planning on going to see my Aunt in Big Bear for a day of exploring and fun.  Before leaving while I was in the kitchen they started to leave, I thought to myself so Lilli is not going to give me hug and kiss before leaving?  At that moment she turned around and came back in to give me exactly that.  What I did not know of don’t remember is that Lilli did not want to go, she wanted to go to a friend’s house instead.  After they left I sat in the chair and started playing my video game for some morning time enjoyment before work.  After about 45 min. The phone rang with a number and area code I had never seen before.  I answered and on the other end was my wife is distraught speaking very unclear, other than the word accident.  I asked where they where trying to gather some info for the severity of the accident, at this point I am already turning of game and putting dog away.  The phone was then passed to my oldest Alyssa and she said exactly the same thing we were in an accident, by this time I am out the door only wanting to know where they are at so I can rush to the scene to do what I have no idea, Alyssa told me 215 and Haven. Most of my reality thinking was chucked out the window and the reason is if an accident happens on side of the road the highway’s basically shut down, so I would have never got to the accident in enough time anyways.

At this point I am in the car and I have no idea where Haven is so I turn on GPS towards my aunts assuming it will take me there.  After driving about 45 min and no sign of an accident I pulled over to call my wife (Nikki) and when she did not pick up I called Alyssa and she did not pick up.  I then called the number back that they called me from and the lady Jessica answered.  She tells me some hard to hear info, that my Lilli was thrown from the car but was alive.  I then asked here what city the accident happened in so I could find out what hospital they were taken to.  She said the city was Rancho Cucamonga, I then called the police and they told me they knew nothing about the accident and suggested I call CHP.  When I called Them they said they did not know anything about it and to call the city police again, after a little run around I finally found out they were taken to Arrowhead Medical Center.

Now keep in mind that I drove about 45 min in a direction that seemed totally out-of-the-way of where the accident was, only to find myself 3 miles from Arrowhead Medical Center.  Once I get to the Medical Center and find parking I get a call from the Officer advising me of the accident.  I ask what hospital they are at because I still don’t know if they are at Arrowhead or not, he tells me as far as he knows they are all at Arrowhead.

When I get to this big hospital with a courthouse jail house attached to it I am lost.  Security check points to enter I am just trying to see my family.  After getting through all of that I get to the ER desk and ask to see my family.  The lady’s response is what are the names.  I ask for Nikki and they confirm they are here and who would I like to see first, my response is Lilli.  The lady tells me that she does not see her at this hospital.  At this point I could have lost it because I was not ready for that.  I then ask to see Nikki because I need to gather info for my next moves.  I go in to see Nikki and she is alert and very happy to see me and her response is one of the reasons I married her, “Go be with Lilli, go find her”.  I now go check on Alyssa she looks to be about in the same shape of Nikki so I kissed her and told her I had to find where Lilli is and I love her.  My Mother In-law was with them so I went to check on her and she looked bad, meaning lots of attention was being paid to her needs.  At this time the nurses and/or doctors are getting the address and phone number for the hospital where Lilli is at.  I kiss my wife and tell her I will be back as I bolt out the room to be with my child who is all alone in the ER with who knows what is wrong.

When I get to the ER where Lilli is I am floored to see her in that position yet happy to see her notice me and shed a tear.  You could live a million years and you will never be prepared to see your child like that.  She was in this neck brace unable to move and in more pain then I think I could handle.

After a couple  or a few day’s we went to get articles from the car, I was not expecting to see this either.    DAAAM was the words that came out of my mouth when I saw this.

For them to have the injuries they have considering this view I knew I was blessed and that all the Angles in the world were there to support the Rogers Family.

This post is to explain to us all that it is very important to pick up the phone when it is ringing.  In an emergency your lucky if you get to make one phone call and it could be the last time you get.  So blocked, out of area, bill collector or whoever answer and deal with what is on the other line.  Make the phone call if you want to talk to a person, don’t wait for them to call you because the phone may never ring in that case.

I want to thank any and all of you for your thoughts and prayers during this time of dealing with this accident.  I also want you to know that most of them have stopped and I understand because you did not live it and you’re not living it.  I deal with this everyday when I see my child’s scare from surgery, or the constant doctors appointments for my girls.  Also for the emotional scare that has plagued us for the rest of our lives.  Please don’t feel guilt to be interested now after not but I pray that you never have to experience anything like this n your life.

I want to thank Toyota for making the Matrix with such safety features that would help limit the injuries to my family but I would truly like to thank the Universe for creating Ice Plant for my baby to land on and to the city for planting it.

Namaste

 

 

Give A Man A Pole

One oh the Greatest Gifts you can give a person is a life lesson. My uncle Vann took me fishing at a young age to Lake Nokomis.

He showed me what I needed to know to catch fish at a young age. When I got older I wanted to fish more for the fight.

A friend of mine named Ted was a big time fisherman. He had everything, he is the type of Sportsman who cleans the fish when the boat lands. This is important to understand because you limit the exposure to the site of fly’s, is my guess.

When I went fishing with Ted just like my uncle Vann, he had all the equipment for me to fish. See Ted has brought me plenty of meat but knew the importance of learning how to catch your own.

The point of this post is that we all have fishing poles and holes that we use to feed ourselves and families. The point of life in my mind is to help others eat for a lifetime.

You can over fish a lake and drain the resources. This is a part of the lesson that we only take what we need for the day/week.

Greed has caused many to not share our tools in life to help others. We have to get to the place were we are not worried about someone taking from us, just because they are fishing the same lake.

We have more than enough of everything we need for us all to live a great life. We have to be willing to teach another to fish in our industry without thinking it limits us.

We are one, Namaste

IObmo

Letter to Shaq from Coach Brown

This has some great lessons for us all to live by

VIDEO: http://www.tout.com/m/9944wo

June 1, 1993 

 

Dear Shaquille, 

 

Congratulations on a great rookie year in the NBA.  I was so proud of you and especially in the manner that you conducted yourself. 

 

I shall never forget our first meeting in the mountains of West Germany, when you were only 13 years old.  You have grown not only in stature, but in talent, from that day when you were cut from the high school team, when they told you, you were too clumsy and to try soccer.  

 

Now, being constantly in the spotlight, you must be alert to all the pressures it brings.  Coach John Wooden knew how to handle fame better than anyone I’ve ever known.  He said, “The Coach must recognize that his profession places him in the public eye and he will at times, receive both unjustifiable criticism and underserved praise, and he must not be unduly affected by either.”  Live by this creed, Shaquille and you’ll never lose that contagious smile of yours. 

 

Don’t be content.  Continue to work on improving your game and as you’ve heard a thousand times over and over again, while playing at LSU:  Hard work pays off, and when the going gets rough on the team, remember our HIT philosophy at LSU; play hard, play intelligent, and play together—and everything works out for the best. 

 

Stay away from all distractions because concentration is imperative for ultimate success.  It is a supreme art that few ever master. 

 

Be a good listener.  One of the most consistent qualities of those that are labeled as extraordinary athletes is they have been coachable. There have been very few exceptions. 

 

Be careful of the parasites who, for selfish motives, want you as their friend.  Yes, some will even have visions of the dollar bills floating around.  Trust, but never cease to be vigilant.  Hold onto that school boy spirit that touched me so strongly when we met eight years ago—a spirit with its natural grace, easy dignity, and the blossoming buds of a genius on a basketball court. 

 

Make your dignity as tall as your body.  Never, ever drop it or sell it or become complimented out of it.  Respect others, even the most humble, and remember that above all else, you are a member of a group called mankind. 

 

Be a role model.  A lot of kids have absolutely no one in whom to turn, and what you do and say will be more than mere words or actions for the game plan that is their life. 

 

Affect mankind.  Affect your fellow man, and always for the good.  Shaquille, leave a legacy beyond trophies and statistics because, and I hate to say this but, your time will also pass and the glory you enjoy will only be a memory. 

 

So, be your brother’s keeper.  Lift him up when he has fallen; bandage him up when he is wounded. 

 

In body, he may not be as big as you, but in spirit, he is. 

 

Well, that’s my advice to you, Shaquille.  You really don’t need it.  You are what you are:  a good man, full of love. 

 

Love you, 

Coach Brown

 

To The Future You

You are the future, you are the present. I ask you to trust yourself to get to your next blessing. Life itself is not hard, we make it hard by getting stuck in our head. In our head we talk ourselves in and out of these blessing.

It’s time to take the longest journey you will ever take in your life. It’s only 18″ but could take a lifetime to travel. See this is the distance from you Head to your Heart, and when your in your heart you shall be led.

Live your life like a Kahuna, a life without Doubt. Free from fear and free from all that doubt. See it is from your heart that allows us to connect to the ultimate source of being.

Trust you are supported by everyone you encounter as well as the Source and Creator of all things.

Namaste (The Devine In Me Honors And Respects The Devine In You)

OBMO

Put your trust in the Creator

Put your trust in the Creator

My spirituality is not as strong as I thought. I learned this at the Grand Canyon’s West Rim today. I know it’s true because my youngest told me I don’t trust her climbing on the Rocks close to the edge.

I do trust her but not my thoughts of something happening to her and God, her Universal Father letting something happen. As her earthly Father I refuse to watch something happen that could kill her.

If she fell my wife said she would have a heart attack. I would have jumped after her. So that leaves Alyssa by her self so how stupid is that, on my part. But this little girl holds a part of my heart.

The moment put me in the mode of something happening while there and emotionally I could not handle it.

The lesson for me is I have to let my kids go on a Spiritual level. Trust they are guided and will be taken care of, always.

I just keep thinking of the bible, “I see the wood, I see the knife, what will be the sacrafice”. Is what I keep asking myself. I told my God that I am not there yet, I could not do what Mohamad did, and be ready to kill his own child.

We left the park as we came, together but I was changed by the experience. Changed because I now know I have a lot of work to do. It’s no different than Alyssa cutting Trucks off, not driving in the center of her lane. The thing about her is she is older and she listens me on these safty levels.

Ths is a choppy post from my phone but I wanted to share how the Grand Canyon pushed me forward in my Spirituality.

“What you won’t do for yourself, you’ll do for your kids”

OBMO

>DAILY CONFESSION

DAILY CONFESSION
(SPOKEN BY BISHOP JAKES “CONSISTENCY” CD)

LORD IT’S ME AGAIN!
I DARE NOT EMBARK UPON THIS DAY WITHOUT YOU
I KNOW THAT YOU ARE THE MASTER OF THIS DAY, AND YOU ARE IN
ABSOLUTE TOTAL CONTROL.
AND SO LORD, AS I GET READY TO GO INTO THIS DAY
I WANT YOU TO RIDE IN THE CAR WITH ME, AND BE MY JOY, BE MY
STRENGTH, BE MY PEACE AND BE MY DEFENSE.
I WANT YOUR WISDOM IN MY MOUTH WHEN I SPEAK.
I WANT YOUR ANOINTING IN EVERY DECISION I MAKE.
I WANT YOUR ANOINTING TO COVER ME.

I’M GETTING READY TO GO TO WORK TODAY.
I WRESTLE WITH UNREASONABLE MEN, BUT BECAUSE YOU ARE WITH
ME, YOU ARE MORE THAN ENOUGH TO TAKE ME THROUGH.
COVER ME WITH YOUR BLOOD AND WITH YOUR SPIRIT.
I THANK YOU LORD THAT NO WEAPON FORMED AGAINST ME SHALL
BE ABLE TO PROSPER.
I WILL MOVE AROUND WITCHES AND NEVER BE HEXED.
BECAUSE GREATER IS HE THAT’S IN ME THAN HE THAT IS IN THE WORLD.

MY MIND SHALL BE LIBERAL
MY HANDS SHALL BE QUICK
YOU HAVE ANOINTED MY FINGERS TO WAR AND EVERYTHING THAT I
TOUCH SHALL BE BLESSED. I’M BLESSED IN THE CITY
BLESSED IN THE FIELD, BLESSED IN MY COMING IN, MY GOING OUT
MY UP RISING, MY DOWN SETTING
BECAUSE YOU ARE MY SHEPHERD, I SHALL NOT WANT. YOU WILL MAKE ME TO LIE DOWN IN GREEN PASTURES AND LEAD ME BESIDE THE STILL WATERS, AND WHEREVER YOU LEAD ME IS GOING TO WORK BECAUSE YOU HAVE ANOINTED MY HEAD WITH OIL, MY CUP
RUNNETH OVER. GOODNESS AND MERCY SHALL FOLLOW ME ALL THE DAYS OF MY LIFE, AND I WILL DWELL IN THE HOUSE OF THE LORD
FOREVER. BECAUSE I WAS CREATED TO PREVAIL!
DESIGNED TO OVERCOME!
CREATED TO BE A WINNER!
AND I THANK YOU LORD, AS I STEP OUT INTO THIS DAY,
I STEP OUT DRESSED UP WITH THE WHOLE ARMOR OF GOD
BREASTPLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS
FEET SHOD WITH THE PREPARATION OF PEACE
SWARD OF THE SPIRIT,
SHIELD OF FAITH
I’M READY!

GOOD MORNING!