Author Archives: Carl A. Cooke

Who Are Women?

Who are women?

From this one man’s point of view women are many things as we go through life but two stand out.

They are our Mothers

The first person we fell in love with as a baby.
The person who picked us up, when we fell
The person who wiped our tears when we were hurt and then gave us that hug that made us feel better any band aid ever could.
The person who talked us through that time our first crush broke our heart.

They are Our Best Friends, Our Partners and Our Lovers

The person who inspired us to reach for greater heights
The person who with their first kiss captured our heart
The person who held our hand and told us it will be alright in times of doubt
The person who stood beside and believed in us when no one else would
The person who makes our house our home

Women are our rock from birth till death.
That’s who women are
Thank goodness for Women

He Woke Me

The Lord woke me this morning. It seems as if Satan has been working overtime lately, I guess he knows we’re approaching the season of our Lord God son’s birth and he’s determined to take the joy out it. He’s placed worry in my mind. Casted regret and doubt into my thoughts and I can’t lie I’m only human and sometimes it does get me down. But try as he might he can never beat me, he could never shake my faith. You see the Lord woke me this morning and for that I’m eternally grateful because anything after that is a bonus.

If I Ain’t Got You Lord

It’s song time again. This time a mash up thanks go out to Alicia Keys, Eric Benet and Tamia

Some people live for the power
Some people think that the physical things define what’s within
And I have been there before, and that life’s a bore
Some people want it all
But I don’t want nothing at all
If it ain’t got you Lord

You see I never knew such a love could be inside of one
And I never knew what my life was for
But now that I’ve open my heart and soul to you I know for sure
You see I was incomplete till the day you I let you into my heart Lord
And I never knew that my heart could feel so precious and pureNow every morning when I wake and open my eyes
I know my heart is beating because you’re by my side

So I cry out and let the whole world know
That you’re my Lord and I’m your child
I let everyone know that I devote my life to you

I don’t need diamonds
big house
Or lots of money
Don’t need the world handed to me on a silver platter
All I need you is you in my life Lord
Because all of that means nothing
If I ain’t got you Lord
If I ain’t got you

There are some people who look everywhere for wealth
And they’ll do anything to find it
Some of them find it but still don’t know happiness
Cause they haven’t open their hearts and souls to you
Haven’t been touched by your Holy Spirit
Don’t know how much happiness you provide How much love you have for us
All from just one touch of your hand
A touch like no other no touch A touch that feels so wonderful

I found my happiness in you Lord
I know your love is pure and true
And as the days and the weeks and the years go by
I know you’ll always be there for me
Your love has already saved my life, my heart and my soul
So I’ll keep praising you each and every day In good and bad times
I’ll let the whole world know you’re my Lord
And I’m your child
I devote my life to you

The White The Blue and The Red…The end of America as we knew it

We were too busy fighting among ourselves to notice what was happening. A nation divided where country took a back seat to party. Corruption carried out in plain sight and a blind eye turned to it in the name of party. Division and hate among racial, ethnic and religious lines became the mantra of the powerful and was used as a weapon to turn and divide us against each other. It was too easy, we were simply pawns to be moved around the board, and casually sacrificed when needed to protect the power and money of the elite

Blinded by their lust for greed and power, they didn’t see that while they were playing us they were being played. Outsiders used social media to control the narrative, then they used that narrative to corrupt our political system. Our leaders profited and gained power because of these actions and chose to look the other way. Individuals who tried to shine light on what was happening had their patriotism questioned, were branded as traitors and shouted down by the masses whose perception of reality had been manipulated through the false and misleading reporting from certain “news” networks and larger than life personalities. Networks and personalities that were all too happy to do so to ensure their ratings stayed high and their pockets remained fat.

At the same time our global influence began to erode. Russia became the leading voice in the Middle East. China and North Korea started to exert control of the whole of Asia.  Seizing on growing discontent in many South and Central American countries Russia and China used their economic resources to back revolutions that overthrew governments and installed governments friendly to them thus gaining a strategic advantage in the western hemisphere.

America and Europe were besieged by terrorist attacks launched from South America, the Middle East and Asia. Our ability to track down the organizations responsible had been extremely compromised. Sending troops into those regions would have spread us to thin and vulnerable to the Russian, China, North Korea alliance.  Oil production was disrupted, and our international trade was effectively halted leaving us reeling economically.  As our economy grew weaker and as we became more fearful of the next terror attack we did not bond together just the opposite we became more divided. Pointing fingers at each other and fighting over our dwindling resources.

It was amid such chaos that we could only stand by and watch as Russia rolled into Eastern Europe; China into India and Pakistan; North Korea into South Korea and Japan; each daring us to retaliate. The thought of a nuclear strike was floated but was never carried out with the understanding that was a line we could never come back from. A couple of years went by and our situation grew worst and then the inevitable happened, that day most of us feared but right up until it happened didn’t think was possible.  Russian troops invaded from the north through Alaska and Canada and from the south with the help of their new South and Central American allies. It was over in a blink of an eye, we barely put up a fight.  The day the red, white and blue was replaced up top the White House with the white, blue and red of the Russian flag is etched in the minds of those who were around to witness it and to this day it remains the darkest and saddest day in the history of the former United States of America.

Abraham Lincoln’s prophecy had come true “If destruction be our lot we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time or die by suicide.”

Worry Consumes Me…No I Don’t Think I’ll Let It Do So Today

Today I found my mind racing with worry about something that I am dealing with. Then I got up from my desk to go to the men’s room (TMI I know) and did so without grabbing my cane. On the way back I noticed no limp, no stagger, almost like nothing ever was wrong.  Not bad I thought I am getting so much stronger everyday and that’s when my inner Keanu Reeves took over WHOA! I thought that’s it exactly, I’m getting stronger everyday. When did I start getting stronger? When I put my faith in the Lord and started doing things like walking everyday and riding the exercise bike, when I quit worrying about will I ever walk like before.  That’s when I started getting stronger.

So why am I letting worry consume me now?

Look what the Lord has already done for me.

Look at all I have to be grateful for.

I only need to keep my faith in the Lord and keep working on a solution because worry can only fill my soul with fear.  But faith in the Lord and action on my part will lead me to the successful outcome I seek.  In this I have no doubt because with Him nothing is impossible.

Jeremiah 17:7-8 New International Version (NIV)

“But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord,
    whose confidence is in him.
They will be like a tree planted by the water
    that sends out its roots by the stream.
It does not fear when heat comes;
    its leaves are always green.
It has no worries in a year of drought
    and never fails to bear fruit.”

 

 

Life – The Continuous Journey

Ups and downs

Twist and turns

Endless roads and dead-ends

Life is a continuous journey defined by one experience after another. Not all these experiences are pleasant in fact some of them are downright unpleasant but here’s what we need to understand about those unpleasant experiences.  As much, if not more than, the pleasant the unpleasant has shaped us into who we are at this moment.  The key is how we treat those experiences.

Will we let it paralyze us with fear?

As children we feared the boogeyman but as we grew older we realized that there was no such thing as the boogeyman and there was nothing to fear. As adults we must grasp the concept there is no such thing as fear.  Fear is only a state of mind it is not real.  Many of us fear the unpleasant thought of failure, but failure is not something to fear. Failure is something to learn from, to grow from, to gain strength from. Failure can be our most powerful motivator if looked at through the proper lens

Will we let it scar us?

Yes, some experiences will scar us there is no denying that, we cannot escape that, we cannot pretend the experience did not occur. But we can embrace it. We can wear our scars proudly as a symbol of our rebirth, our survival. A sign that we fell but got back up and we are stronger for doing so.

It is only when we accept that all of our experiences are but stops in our continuous journey of growth that we will be able to unlock our minds and our hearts to our true potential.

They Questioned

The people in the store questioned if I should to be there.

My classmates questioned if I should be there.

My colleagues questioned if I should be there.

The authorities in my neighborhood questioned if I should be there.

They question without knowing who I am.

They question without really seeing me.

They question because of the color of my skin.

But know this

I make no apologies for the color of my skin.

I have no desire to prove my worth to them.

I will not fake who I am just to make them feel comfortable.

Let them keep questioning.

Let them keep wondering.

Let them do so as I keep soaring because as James Brown said I’m black and I’m proud.