Loving Ourselves for The Sake of Others

Background

In the last few months, there has been a bit of violence in Rap Music.

Videos

  1. Leila Steinberg
    • Loving Ourselves for The Sake of Others
      • Video #1
        Date Published:- 2020-November-28th
        Link

Where We Are

Outline

  1. From a Place of Love
  2. Roots
  3. Success
  4. Weighing Love

From a Place of Love

My love letter, I love the music.

I love the culture.

I know people who are very into it.

And, people who are aspiring, even then some slaving, to get into it.

 

Roots

Sometimes when a tree grows it rises so high and feathers so wide we miss its roots and nutrients.

Yet, for instance:-

  1. Notorious Big ( Biggie Smalls ), Christopher Wallace [ Link ]
    • May 21, 1972, the only child of Jamaican immigrant parents
    • His mother, Voletta Wallace, was a preschool teacher, while his father, Selwyn George Latore, was a welder and politician
    • His mother worked two jobs while raising him
  2. Tupac Shakur ( 2Pac ) [ Link ]
    • Tupac Amaru Shakur; born Lesane Parish Crooks, June 16, 1971 – September 13, 1996)
    • He was renamed, at age one, after Túpac Amaru II ( the descendant of the last Incan ruler, Túpac Amaru ), who was executed in Peru in 1781 after his failed revolt against Spanish rule.
    • His parents, Afeni Shakur—born Alice Faye Williams in North Carolina—and his birth father, Billy Garland, had been active Black Panther Party members in New York in the late 1960s and early 1970s.
    • He is better known by his stage name 2Pac and by his alias Makaveli
    • Shakur was born in Manhattan, a borough of New York City, but relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1988. He moved to Los Angeles in 1993 to further pursue his music career.

 

Success

I think when we do find success and it comes about rapidly we feel special and deserving.

It is at times difficult to see all who contributed to it.

To sense all those who laid the strong foundations; that we are benefiting from.

The type of success that I am trying to describe is accelerative.

 

Weighing Love

When that particular accelerative success occurs, realistically it can be difficult to appropriate all those that contributed.

And, when we can, most will want to pay them off.

Maybe not always materially, but conceptually.

Divorce of helpers, our role can be better seen and properly accentuated.

Prayer

Outline

  1. Don’t Pay All of Them Off
  2. Like And Enjoy Little Things
  3. Be Creative
  4. Renew your care
  5. Take One More Shower
  6. Find Someone and Keep Them Them

Don’t Pay All of Them Off

Family, I hope and actually pray you do not get to pay all of those that helped you off.

 

Like And Enjoy Little Things

Brothers

Brothers, especially, I know in many homes the burden of taken care of the family rests on us.

But, even then, take and make time to cook, wash dishes, washcloths, and mop the living room.

Get wet and take time to sweat; especially these days that we can not safely go to the gym.

While at home, see and notice little things out of place.

Gently place them back in place without ascribing blame.

 

Sisters

Allow your mate to play with your hair; this is of course if she is not a sister.

As that will get you in trouble and cost you a tidy sum to place back together.

 

Be Creative

Watch something grow.

Get out in the woods; in the local park.

Get some fresh air and see how nature does well without human pushiness and punishment, yet care.

 

Renew Your Care

Care to be a good man.

A Good Woman.

A good and moral citizen.

 

Take One More Shower

Take one more shower.

Lotion Up.

Be generous with the deodorant.

Lay down, take time to smell yourself.

 

Find Someone and Keep Them Them

Find someone worthy of your love.

Allow them their pre-identity.

Don’t hate them for it.

Maybe God chose you carefully so that they can stay the same and he needs you to keep them them.

 

In Summary

Sometimes all that is wrong with the world is what it is not giving us.

Aged now, I am seeing we can not force it.

But, we do win each time we quietly and creatively go work on ourselves.

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