Making Lemonade Out Of Lemons

Making Lemonade Out Of Lemons is a phrase that many of us have heard throughout our lives. It simply means making the best out of a horrible situation. I think this is especially true when life doesn’t turn out the way you intended, specifically with dreamy and goal oriented people.

A person’s dreams are always evolving and changing as he or she experiences growth, life, maturity, educational pursuits and a host of other things. This is pretty dope and encouraging because your path at the ages of 12 and 22 will not always be your path that you take at the ages of 32 or 42.

Conan O’Brien said it best in a speech to the 2011 class of Dartmouth College, “Perceived failure can become a catalyst for reinvention”. Follow the dream when it appears that all hope is lost and gone. Follow the dream and continue to plan even if it changes.

As a result you’ll never know what beauty and awesomeness can come from it. Following Conan’s example could prove to be the best lemonade that life has to offer yet. Which, according to his commencement speech has been the best part of career to date.

Shape of My Heart and The Message and Hip Hop

Sometimes I just feel like throwing up on Hip Hop in general. If you find this disgusting… I would beg to differ in light of some of our current hip hop artists and lyrics. We pat promiscuity on the back and blink our eyes and turn our heads away from the bleeding ulcer that at times is Hip Hop and it’s culture.

Therefore, today I listened to Shape of My Heart by Sting. This song is full of metaphors about life, chances and gambling, the games people play and the deck of cards we are dealt. Very few people will show the cards they hold in public view. More, the character in this song doesn’t show emotions or a heart and is difficult to read. In addition, this song’s beat was used on Nas’ The Message on the “It Was Written” Album back in 96.

He deals the cards as a meditation
And those he plays never suspect
He doesn’t play for the money he wins
He doesn’t play for the respect
He deals the cards to find the answer
The sacred geometry of chance
The hidden law of probable outcome
The numbers lead a dance

I know that the spades are the swords of a soldier
I know that the clubs are weapons of war
I know that diamonds mean money for this art
But that’s not the shape of my heart

He may play the jack of diamonds
He may lay the queen of spades
He may conceal a king in his hand
While the memory of it fades

I know that the spades are the swords of a soldier
I know that the clubs are weapons of war
I know that diamonds mean money for this art
But that’s not the shape of my heart
That’s not the shape, the shape of my heart

And if I told you that I loved you
You’d maybe think there’s something wrong
I’m not a man of too many faces
The mask I wear is one
Those who speak know nothing
And find out to their cost
Like those who curse their luck in too many places
And those who fear are lost

I know that the spades are the swords of a soldier
I know that the clubs are weapons of war
I know that diamonds mean money for this art
But that’s not the shape of my heart
That’s not the shape of my heart

Zombie Apocalypse

So obviously I missed the memo up until the end of last week, The Zombie Apocalypse. This Zombie craze has the media in a frenzy. So, to catch you up to speed. There were 2 intentional acts of cannibalism (eating people) reported in the news in the last couple of weeks.

One, from a guy in Florida, Rudy Eugene, who eat the face off of a homeless man. The second, from a college student, Alexander Kinyua, at Morgan State University in Baltimore, MD where he ate the whole heart and some brain parts of a graduate student staying with his family.

This is so random because on another note, I first noticed the Zombie thing thru my friend’s son who taught me how do dodge big fat zombies on Zombie Run. Further, I watched a cool episode of Castle (which is a very good tv show) this season about random zombie parties and walks that act like flash mobs.

Anyhow, defend yourself with these Three takeaways from this Zombie Crazed Culture:

1. Kick some Zombie “Arse” with MMA training and classes
2. Wear a face mask or a baseball catchers helmet during public outings
3. AVOID Bath Salts

Serious though.. pray for these guys, their families and their victims.
For an update go here.

How Bad Do You Want It?

I’ve been really grinding out here lately on work and family. Getting older is a luxury that should brings wisdom, hunger and the setting of goals. We should all strive to be excellent and produce with where we are in life and with what we do as a profession.

How Bad Do You Want It? is a video I found toward the end of last year when both my mind and heart where in a dark place. Life was suffocated my thoughts with worry and doubt.

Am I good enough?
Can I really do this?
Is it in me to be successful with what I put my hands and mind to?
Am I worthy of wanting the best for my life and family?

H to the yeah was my answer…

Adjusted Dreams and A Dream Deferred

#YOLO. You only live once has been a pretty hot motto and acronym as of late. I woke up this morning thinking this! Life will through curve balls, strikes and walks at you… but you have to focus stay at it and press through adversity.

In order for a seed to grow into a plant that grows some really good and dope fruit in it’s season it first needs to be cracked and watered. Dream Big and move toward that dream, don’t let your heart get soggy and saggy with baggage, distractions and dumbness. Realize Your Dreams.

Check out a dream deferred by Langston Hughes.

What happens to a dream deferred?

Does it dry up
like a raisin in the sun?
Or fester like a sore–
And then run?
Does it stink like rotten meat?
Or crust and sugar over–
like a syrupy sweet?

Maybe it just sags
like a heavy load.

Or does it explode?