Communicating YOUR Youthfulness!
“You Are What You Think You Are!”
It is almost guaranteed that a high percentage of AABoomers’ readership in recent and/or past years, have said to themselves the above statement in one configuration or another. Baby Boomers have become “enlightened” in part to “seeing themselves” through the “shouldn’t have done that(s)”, the “I- wanna do-overs”, and the “moving on” blues! It is the old saying “hind-sight is foresight”! OK...enough with the clichés! What does the way you are thinking and speaking have to do with thinking and being young? The basic and yes, biblical answer is again simply - you are what you think you are! Self-change comes from confronting the you, YOU think you are long enough and deep enough to reap the benefits of personal transformation. The truth is our lives are the result of a whole lot of thoughts (yours and others), and words which became your actions - then YOUR REALITY! There are few willing to BE in continual growth with enough humility to gain personal insight into WHY certain life challenges come and HOW they are designed to produce the best person inside of them. The involved-participant intentionally does this [in part] by being open to hearing the truth about themselves AND by engaging in the moment-to-moment exercise of self-monitoring, self-reflecting and self-adjusting (ASC, perkins) their OWN THOUGHTS and the resultant WORDS! Adding the final ingredient of human motivation (actions) and we have something called OUR LIFE! Are you in charge of your life or “them”? Are you an extra in
WHOSE THOUGHTS ARE YOU THIINKING?
So, you may be asking, “what has this to do with my communication rather less my age?”EVERYTHING!
Since “As a man/woman thinketh, so is he/she,” (Proverbs) we need to be more responsible for the WORDS COMING OUT OF OUR MOUTHS! This is especially true in a post-baby boomers society where every day there is a new word birthed by social media, technology, reality TV, and political/social discourse added to the lexicon! Yes, things are changing at the speed of light! Well guess who is in control, Generation Y - the millennials! They are the ones creating the present day discourse of who’s in
- who’s out, who’s cool - who’s not! What have you learned from your great-grans? What have they learned from you? Are you still one of the foot-dragging few who refuse to allow the new reality of technology and social media to slip into your stable, comfortable, use-to-it life? Well, welcome to the club so am I along with millions of other resistant Baby Boomers, “kicking and screaming” all the way to the unemployment lines!
Yes, that is right! I said it! Ageism has hit us HARD! This is one of the vital reasons for staying connected
to youthful communication and how generation x, y and soon to be z folks, are navigating the new 21st century frontier. Not to mention the important “rites of passage” our children should be going through learning and respecting their heroic past! I grew up respecting and admiring the “hoary” head of wisdom around me. Now that does not mean I did not “talk back” or be as my Mother chided “sassy”, but those incidents of personal consternation did not prevent me from listening and gleaning the best advice I have humanly received, and over the years all I can say is THANK GOD! The current problem is that many of the present-day young folks just ain’t listening! Well, I take that back – their listening to their smart phones, Facebook, reality TV talk shows, and tweets, et.al. They are engaged with multiple hundreds of people at once! This technology has entered the workplace along with the latest-greatest apps and software programs, while the Baby Boomers and elders sit comfortably on their couches, shaking their heads wondering what happened. When I call my friends, many of which are well over 75 living active and productive lives, I still cannot get off the phone without obituary updates, concerns with healthcare changes/prices, and the latest Price is Right winner. That is all and well, and I thoroughly enjoy my conversations, but not necessarily my great nieces and nephews. Only a distance of 20 years between me and a few of them, and they talk about reality TV shows as if they are in them and know the folks personally, as well as all the office and street gossip you can imagine - ALL THE WHILE multi-tasking on their smart phones. Personally, I am thinking about turning in my smart phone in for a “dumber” model; this thing is too smart for me at inopportune moments. Oh wait, scratch that, I need it for my job!Are your thoughts and words aging you before your time? I am not saying that we need to keep up with the latest street slang or anything other than being who we are authentically. What I am saying is DO NOT STOP KNOWING AND GROWING! Reach out to youth. Check out what engages them. Gather talking points about those things you would like to know and share with them. Take care of your body, mind,and soul asking, seeking, and knocking to stay healthy physically and mentally! Let us not “throw the babies out with the bath water”! Our parents did not! I love hanging out with my Mom because she has stayed connected, as much as she desires, to what engages me. We text each other EVERY MORNING! She looks forward to it and chides me if I get too far into my day without that connection. Lord knows I need her daily prayers and love! So do the youth in your life. Ask yourself a question, “Can we really afford to no longer engage the youth around us who will one day be responsible for our health and welfare?” We already know the answer to that question, so go ahead, and get that Facebook page or tweeter account. Believe that you can and you will! AABOOMERS is here
to connect you to them! Pass it onto your children’s children! They are waiting for us! Well, maybe not, but I am going anyway! I have a lot of me left to give and receive, how about you?
The Curse Of Willie Lynch
By John Wills
February 22, 2014
Some have proclaimed that a slave was born. I disagree with this notion because a slave was made by means of a defined calculated and well thought-out plan devised for the purpose of being a beast of burden. We know the reasons for this atrocity which was to build a nation and to obtain wealth for the culprits. But what is not understood, en mass, is how it was designed to be sustainable. That part has become little more than a footnote to history.
I’m reminded of the powerful words of Harriet Tubman, who expressed succinctly the effectiveness of this system of mental conditioning. She was asked shortly before her death, if she knew how many slaves she freed while conducting the Underground Railroad. She did not think about it, replying quickly, “I could have freed a lot more, if they had only known they were slaves.”
From that day in dreadful in 1619 when the first Africans were dragged onto the shores of Jamestown until today where we’ve witnessed the first man of color elected President of these United States (or as Jesse would put it – from the outhouse to the White House), there is no doubt that our story is the greatest story ever told. As it is said in scripture, “the first shall be last and the last shall be first.” But let’s understand that there was a plan, a sinister plan, conceived at some point to ensure that people of African descent remain the least of thee.
Read More: http://thoughtprovokingperspectives.wordpress.com/2014/02/22/the-curse-
The Willie Lynch Letter in its entirety:http://www.finalcall.com/artman/publish/
Although there is some question about the authenticity of the Willie Lynch Letter, there is no doubt about the effects of slavery on our community. We are interested in hearing your responses to the letter and the ramifications of slavery. Please share your comments with us.
BLACK WALL STREET
By: San Francisco Bay View
Black Wall Street, the name fittingly given to one of the most affluent all Black communities in America, was bombed from the air and burned to the ground by mobs of envious Whites. In a period spanning fewer than 12 hours, a once thriving Black business district in northern Tulsa lay smoldering a model community destroyed and a major African-American economic movement resoundingly defused.
The night’s carnage left some 3,000 African Americans dead and over 600 successful businesses lost. Among these were 21 churches, 21 restaurants, 30 grocery stores and two movie theaters, plus a hospital, a bank, a post office, libraries, schools, law offices, a half dozen private airplanes and even a bus system. As could have been expected, the impetus behind it all was the infamous Ku Klux Klan, working in consort with ranking city officials and many other sympathizers.
Black America’s most prosperous community, Black Wall Street in Tulsa, Oklahoma, went up in flames June 1, 1921, in the KKK-led Tulsa Race Riot. According to Wikipedia, “During the 16 hours of the assault, over 800 people were admitted to local hospitals with injuries, an estimated 10,000 were left homeless, and 35 city blocks composed of 1,256 residences were destroyed by fire caused by bombing.”
The best description of Black Wall Street, or Little Africa as it was also known, would be to compare it to a mini Beverly Hills. It was the golden door of the Black community during the early 1900s, and it proved that African Americans could create a successful infrastructure. That’s what Black Wall Street was all about. The dollar circulated 36 to 100 times, sometimes taking a year for currency to leave the community. Now a dollar leaves the Black community in 15 minutes. As for resources, there were Ph.D.s residing in Little Africa, Black attorneys and doctors. One doctor was Dr. Berry,owned the bus system. His average income was $500 a day, hefty pocket change in 1910.
Read more:: http://sfbayview.com/2011/what-happened-to-black-wall-street-on-june-1-1921/
AABoomer John Thompson, Veteran Tech Exec, Now Microsoft Chair
By: Mike Siegel: The Seattle Times
With Microsoft’s appointment of John Thompson as chairman to replace co-founder Bill Gates, the world’s largest software maker is looking to the veteran technology executive as the main outside voice in its new leadership structure. Thompson was the lead independent director heading the board’s search for a new chief executive, resulting in the appointment of Microsoft insider Satya Nadella to replace Steve Ballmer, the Redmond company said in a statement Tuesday. While the naming of Thompson and Nadella, who were already involved in Microsoft’s transition, signal continuity, it’s also the biggest break in the company’s history as the Gates-Ballmer duo who have been in charge for more than three decades step aside.The former CEO of Symantec Corp., Thompson, 64, is stepping in at a crucial point as Microsoft remakes itself to better compete with rivals including Apple and Google. In picking Thompson, the board is betting that he’ll be able to use his experience running a security-software company to help turn around Microsoft.
Read More: http://seattletimes.com/html/businesstechnology/2022833656_microsoftjohnthompsonxml.html?syndication=rss
AABoomer Clarence Thomas Says Race Was Less of an Issue in Jim Crow Georgia
By: Keith Brekhus
Speaking at Palm Beach Atlantic University in Florida, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas told college students that Americans are too sensitive about race. More astonishingly, Thomas went on to express a sort of revisionist nostalgia for segregation-era Georgia. Thomas exclaimed: My sadness is that we are probably today more race and difference-conscious than I was in the 1960s when I went to school. To my knowledge, I was the first black kid in Savannah, Georgia, to go to a white school. Rarely did the issue of race come up. He then went on to trivialize systemic racism by equating it with a mere slight, were someone gets their feelings hurt. Drawing a false equivalency between racism and routine everyday slights familiar to people of all races, Thomas adds : Every person in this room has endured a slight. Every person. Somebody has said something that has hurt their feelings or did something to them left them out. That’s a part of the deal.Thomas also went on to state that Northern liberal “elites” treated him worse than the folks in Jim Crow Era Georgia. Certainly Clarence Thomas has polished his conservative talking points. His nostalgia for the Jim Crow Era South sounds eerily similar to the remarks made by Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson about “racial harmony” in the pre-Civil Rights south. It is not clear whether Thomas is being disingenuous or if he actually believes his tripe that race was not as much of an issue in the segregated 1960s South as it is now.
Read More: http://www.politicususa.com/2014/02/11/clarence-thomas-race-issue-jim-
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