Transcending Barriers

If you know me or follow me and my messages, you know that I am about equality and equity.  I have always been bothered by how we as people want what everyone else wants; (Love, Happiness, Success, Security and to be treated Fairly); yet we deprive others of those same wants, needs and rights. I always say, “We are more similar than we are different. Our differences are what make us unique and we are to share our uniqueness and unique talents with the world in a positive manner.”  Seems like we forget all this’ because we are so concerned about Me instead of We.  We don’t forget that it is not the I that makes the world go around, it is the We that makes the world go around.  We need each other in some shape, way or form.

If you look at the news today, you are sure to lose some hope in humanity and love. This is way Sports, Music, Art and Education are important, they transcend barriers. People of all backgrounds can come together and enjoy an event, discuss a subject, and even disagree, but at the end of the day they usually leave the event or conversion about these things in a better place. Take the Olympics for example.  The Olympics were created as an alternative to war, where countries compete against each other to see who were are the best. This tradition is still carried on. Have you noticed how the Olympics have brought people together from all kinds of backgrounds and all kinds of war torn countries? Have you notice the how for the most part everyone is getting along? Even the competitors have put aside their dreams of medaling to help a fallen or injured fellow Olympian (see Abbey D’Agostino).

I say the true spirit of humanity lies within Sports, Education, Fine Arts and yes even Tragedies.  These events are when we usually come together, sharing a pain, love, happiness and forgetting about me and remembering we are the world.

I think it’s time to treat every moment and every interaction as if we are enjoying a sports event, listening to some good music, or learning about a subject that we enjoy.  Heck, let’s listen to some good ole Bob Marley, Beatles or Michael Jackson and come together.

 

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I am Hurting.

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I am hurt because after all these years and through all  the tragedies, we haven’t figured out that we are all humans who are similar and who are seeking love, happiness and acceptance. We are more similar than different.

It hurts to see how far we’ve come as a nation but to realize that we have so much farther to go.

It hurts that anytime you speak about the injustices in America, you are labeled as being unpatriotic. As if a person cannot want to see improvements in something or someone they love and care for.

It hurts to see so many of our people treated unjustly, but in the eyes of others they are the subject of blame for the injustices that has occurred against them.  Like telling a rape victim, “if they didn’t wear a dress they wouldn’t have been raped.”

It hurts to see how people react when People of Color and Women protest or march.

It hurts to have to walk out the house, drive a car or enter a store with extra caution, when other people do not have to even think about being cautious at all.

It hurts to be profiled.

It hurts that every time we leave a loved one, the words “be careful” are said because we know the targets that we carry on our backs.

It hurts to see so many people enjoying the music of Nas, Tupac, Bob Marley and Michael Jackson but act as if they are surprised that police brutality and a corrupt justice system exist.

It hurts that there is proof of past corruption in the justice system; proof of corrupt programs and activities lead by our government, yet people will not admit that corruption still happens within our government and justice systems presently.

It hurts to see a man lose his life over cigarettes and the only person arrested for a crime was the man who recorded the murder on video.

It hurts that when people say “Black Lives Matter”, others say “All Lives Matter” in response.  Saying “Black Lives Matter” doesn’t mean Only black lives matter.

In fact, it hurts more when people say “All Lives Matter”.  If All lives mattered than we wouldn’t have people on death row, hunting would be illegal and we wouldn’t be fighting wars. If all lives matter people would speak up when other’s lives and rights were being lost, not just when a cop or dog loses a life.

It hurts that majority of the world see the injustices that take places against “People of Color” in the U. S. but majority of the U.S deny these injustices take place.

It hurts how the media and society portray and try to divide us.

It hurts to associate with so many people who are not taking a stand against the injustices that are taking place.

It hurts that our culture is accepted, misuses and stolen but we as a people are not accepted.

It hurts that we have to use disclaimers in order for others to understand we aren’t talking about “all police, whites, blacks, woman, etc.”

It hurts that I could write until the end of time and you will never understand the hurt I feel and the injustices I experience every day.

What hurts the most is the fact that I had to write this.

 

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Survivor

Scared of our beauty, knowledge and power; we have been whipped, chained, enslaved, oppressed and nearly wiped off of the planet. They tell us to forget the injustices of the past; ignore the crimes that are being committed against us in the present. Only to give us a false hope that justice we be served in the future.

Although the physical scars of our ancestors are not present, the psychological scars continue to hunt our very existence. Made to feel inferior by our skin color, gender, age, religion, nationality and who we chose to love. How can anyone expect us to get over that? The affects and effects of being subjected to oppression for centuries just does not go away.

We kill ourselves because we hate to see our reflection in the mirror. If you think I am only speaking about black on black crime or it is just about black and white; then you really have the slightest clue. As humans we hate ourselves so much that we hate each other. Fathers are not around and women not being mothers.

You expect me to be quiet while the world is in dismay. Innocent people are being sent to the penitentiary. Yet most of us are concerned with the latest trend and who is gay. Meanwhile the world’s government is controlling what you are allowed to think, hear or say.

They want us to look at our history and be ashamed; while glorifying and being proud of their history. Our ancestors were Kings, Queens, Chiefs, Warriors, Scholars and Doctors way before there were universities. What is there to be ashamed of? Through all of the oppressions that we have face; we all survived. Hold your head high because we are all Survivors..

 

 

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It’s A New Year Which Means New Goals

With each new year new goals are set. Two weeks into the new year I want to know where everyone is yet as far as keeping on the path of achieving your goals?

Oh, I see many of you have falling of the wagon on the path of your new year goals. Don’t worry the year is still young so you have time to get back on track.

In order to stay on track towards your goals for this year, You have to ;

  1. Make a Daily Plan and stick to it the best you can.
  2. Hold yourself accountable. Take ownership in getting your goals accomplished no matter what.
  3. Do not keep pushing things off to a later date, thinking you will take care of it next week.  Days become Weeks; Weeks become Months; Months become Years.
  4. Remember Time waits for no one. As stated in “You Ain’t Hungry Until I’m Starving”, Time can be your friend or Foe.
  5. Have fun accomplishing your goals.
  6. Reflect on your day each night before you go to bed. Think about the things you learned throughout the day and what you can improve on in the upcoming days.

Do well my friends on the journey to be successful. Please take time to view the video below.

 

 

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The Yellow Brick Road (rough draft)

Change? Everyone wants Change but no one wants to Change. How can change come if everyone thinks that they are perfect and their shit doesn’t stink? When did it become normal for people to point their fingers at others while playing the victim? What gives people the entitlement to do not do anything wrong ever? Refusing to ever say sorry, instead saying ” no one can judge me”.

Everyone wants change as long as they are not the ones that have to take part in the process that brings change. Injustice happens all around us every moment of the day. People talk about the issues but very few take steps that produces change.

Perhaps everyone wants to fit in even though they say they want to be different. Perhaps it has something to do with  the fear of losing others’ respect. Maybe it is the fear of being criticized; loss of a job; being calling a politic or losing popularity.  However, only cowards play “it safe” in life.  The conscience lets us all know what is right or wrong. Those that do not stand against wrong and stand up for what is right are just as much of the problem as the people that are committing the wrongs that are taking place within the world. Those that are aware that change is needed but do not want to be a part of the change are cowards.

 

 

 

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Change Comes When?

 

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“Ghana has something to say to us. It says to us first that the oppressor never voluntarily gives freedom to the oppressed. You have to work for it. Freedom is never given to anybody. Privileged classes never give up their privileges without strong resistance”- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Let this quote sink in for a minute. Many of us say that we follow the teachings of Moses, Jesus, Ghandi, MLK and so on; but our actions do not match up with the messages they taught. Some of us are blinded by the privileges that we have(white privileges, wealth privileges, Christian privilege, educational and political privileges), that we don’t care to see the misfortune of others. Most of this is due to not wanting to give up our privileges. However, by universal law, the more you give the more you will receive.
How can you say that you would have or you support these great people and their causes when what they spoke against/for are still issues that occur today and you act like they aren’t there? It’s mind blowing how many people say that their favorite artist is 2pac, Bob Marley or John Lennon but are surprised when racial, socio-economic and political injustices occur. Furthermore, how can anyone that knows history be shocked or outraged at people boycotting and rioting. The Boston Tea Party was a boycott and a riot. History shows that change only comes when there is a strong resistance against the oppression or those that are privileged.

 

 

Vid Lamonte’ Buggs Jr is the author of You Ain’t Hungry Until I’m Starving.Copyright © 2015 vids-world.com. Copyright © 2015 4-U-NiquePublishing.com. Material is copyrighted but free to repost with proper listed credit, including our website addresses.

Timing (Rambling of an overly active mind)

Timing is everything! We have heard this saying many times(no pun intended) throughout our lives. However,do we really understand what it means or how do it to our lives? People usually want their needs, wants, desires in the exact moment they happen to think of these “things”. However,Timing is key, because if we get things too soon we may not cherish them. Also, if we get them to late we may not need it anymore. So next time you are cursing out that slow driver in front of you, just stop and thank God for that person because that person my have held you up a split second to avoid something that could have be tragic to you.

Remember, although you do not see it all the time, People are always watching you, so you actions may help or harm others so be mindful.

Be Blessed.

(Please forgive any grammar errors and typos).

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Random Ramble on Preception and the Beauty of Life

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What is the meaning of Life, Love, Passion and Art?? The meaning of these things are whatever you want them to be. Your perception of your experiences molds you into the person you are and shapes your life. However, stop for a few minutes and take the time to see the beauty of this world, from smell of the flowers, the singing of birds, the actually taste of an orange, the touch of a rain drop and the feel of unconditional love. Sit back and realize although your perception is yours, the world may not perceive things the same way you do.

On my travel to and from Cincinnati, I started to really appreciate the airplane; the great minds behind it, and the gift that produced the ideal of this invention (the birds of the sky). We rarely stop to think in our busy lives, how wonderful life is. Here I am thousands of feet in the air, traveling hundreds of miles per hour, over clouds, houses, the earth. Yet I am breathing in recycled air and there are at least 100 individuals sharing the experience with me; we are one group. Some are scared, some are fearless like myself, others are tired, some engage in conversation, while others are listening to music, reading a book and/or on their laptop. You know the most amazing part is that we are all in harmony. No worries of race, religion or political ideas. You can say we let our own perceptions just for a few hours play second fiddle.

Once the plane landed, we all thanked the pilot/crew and said our best wishes to one another. We step off the plane back to our individual worlds of worry and hurry. What is the worry and hurry for? You can only control what is in your hands. If it is in your hands do the best you can with it, once its out its out. The hurrying will cause you to miss life’s treasures, the essence of a conversation, the sound of a song. Slow Down my friends and enjoy what the beauty of life.

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Never Be Content My Friends…..

If one says they are not satisfied, society looks at this person as if they are unappreciative and unhappy. To be satisfied is to be content. Content is great when talking about one’s emotionally state. However, being content in one’s life isn’t as great. Improvement is what drives humans, so anything opposite of that(content) would be a detriment to our development.

“Contentment brings stagnation which brings death” -Vid Lamonte’ Buggs Jr.

Those that are into fitness knows that one can never be in shape because once you reach one fitness goal you have to set other fitness goals to maintain or better the shape that you are in. We see this with those that accomplish their goal of gaining or losing weight. Soon as their goal is accomplish they become content and they go back to square one.

Same is true for anyone that works in a professional field. School does not mark the end of your learning which you get a job/start a career; school is just the beginning for those that have jobs/careers. If one does not continue to improve their profession they will soon be replaced.

In order to be successful in any part of your life you must always be in the act of improving. Masters are only Masters because they are students of whatever they are a Master of. Leaders are Leaders because they are servants to others. Change only comes when one seeks to improve a situation or situations. Being content can never produce results. We should be happy and at peace with their accomplishments, however, we should continue to seek ways to become better.

Enjoy life my friends, be happy and at peace but never become Content in your lives.

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Burning Out

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Last week I felt that I wasn’t my usually self.  If you know me, you know that I am a ball of energy, that is very determined and goal-oriented.  Not so the past few weeks.  I would have to push myself to get out of bed and to focus. The normal events that I looked forward to doing everyday, (working-out, writing, doing yard-work and reading), became chores and I despised the thought of doing them.

At first I thought that I was becoming depressed. But why would I all of a sudden become depressed out of the blue. Was it the fact that am I getting older? No way, age as never been a factor in my life. I still could not place why I was so detached physically, spiritually, mentally and emotionally.  Why was I so tired and unmotivated, no matter how much I slept and how much I tried to motivate myself?

Yet I remember this wasn’t the first time I have felt like this. Three years ago I was so drained that tears started to involuntarily come down my face. I remembered that at the point of time I was doing too much and I ignored the signs that my body, soul and mind was telling me. I then realized that “now” was no different than “then”.  I my friends was burnt/burned out.

How did I get to this point of burning myself out? Well I have been going extremely hard promoting my book and businesses, playing basketball and training and off course enjoying my time with my family.  However, in the midst of all of this I haven’t took a break.

For those that are experiencing being burned out, I am going to share what helped me to get back on track.

First, I had to remember that life is about balance. Once you are at either side of extremes,(all work or all play), you naturally become unfulfilled. Being balanced keeps you leveled and fulfilled.

Next, I had to remember that although we love people and things, we shouldn’t feel guilty when we need a break from them. Taking a small break will value these relationships, people and things even more. Also, I had to use what my editor and friend Marci Wise tells me a lot, “Take time to sit back and enjoy all that you have done”. So that is what I did, I took a week off from business, basketball, working out, reading and writing.  I live by the rule that if something that you love doing becomes a chore and you start despising it, it is time to step away for awhile.

Finally, I had to have “me” time.  “Me” time for me consists of meditating, being in my thoughts, being by myself for awhile, eating bad and being surrounded by nature.  I am ashamed to admit that I hadn’t took part in these things in a long long time. Shame on me.

In the process of “Taking a break for ME time”, I learned a lot about myself, I became more motivated, determined, focused and dedicated; as I missed my daily life and routine.  I looked forward to reading, getting back to the gym, among other things.

Remember it is quite alright to break your routine and have “You” Time.

 

Vid Lamonte’ Buggs Jr is the author of You Ain’t Hungry Until I’m Starving.Copyright © 2015 vids-world.com. Copyright © 2015 4-U-NiquePublishing.com. Material is copyrighted but free to repost with proper listed credit, including our website addresses.