Author Archives: Carl A. Cooke

Nothing is truly impossible

Do not try and bend yourself to the barriers that are stopping you from reaching your full potential. That is impossible.  Simply see the truth, there are no barriers. Once you see that nothing can stop you from reaching your potential 

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Karma it’s a funny thing

Funny thing about Karma just when you think it forgot about you it knocks on your door with a past due notice. Treat everyone correct and you’ll never have to worry about who’s knocking on your door.

Look into my eyes

Look into my eyes
Do you see weakness?
Did you ever doubt me?
Did you ever think you could break me?

Maybe you should look closer and you’ll see
The struggles I’ve already overcome
The confidence my parents instilled in me
The sense that I can accomplish anything I want.

So doubt me if you want.
Try to break me if you desire
But know this if you should choose to waste your time and energy doing so when all is said and done I will still be here standing proud and tall.

Look into my eyes and you’ll see that.

 

Still walking with me, still looking over me, after all these years

Hard to believe my dad would have been 105 years old today plus today is also dad and mom’s wedding anniversary. Over the years I have said how much they mean to me and how much I love them so I won’t rehash that narrative. Suffice to say there are moments when even In a room full of family and friends I feel alone but then out of nowhere I feel something that tells me I’m never alone they continue to walk with me to look out over me. Should I expect any difference? Not really after all they are my parents and great parents they were

Flaws and all I am who I am and I’m ok with that

When I look into the mirror of my soul and am brutally honest with myself I see flaws. Imperfections that annoy some people. But here’s the thing, not one of us is perfect and if the whole of ourselves is righteous and kind then at the end of the day we’re ok. Of course I strive to better myself each day but fundamentally I am who I am and I’m happy with that. If you choose to accept who I am join me on my journey if not I wish you good luck on yours.

Let the lyrics proclaim my love

I remember the first time, I danced… With you baby
It was a slow song… The lights… Were so low
I held you so close… I could feel your heart beating next to mine—
Then I kissed you once and my head started spinning
Twice like a merry go round
Three times and I fell so deep in love with you baby
– Howard Hewitt

There are times, even after all these years, I just gaze at you. Amazed at how a simple man like myself was so lucky to find a woman as amazing as you. Luckier to have been smart enough to fall in love with you and luckiest that you felt the same way.

Even when the skies were gray. You would rub me on my back and say, “Baby it’ll be okay”
Now that’s real to a brother like me, baby.
– Method Man

You have always been there for me holding me up when things weren’t so good. Standing right beside me things were. We’ve seen so many of our friends drift apart, either physically or mentally, when things got rough. But not us. Mainly because of your exceptional vision to look beyond the moment to the big picture. To understand that no matter what is in front of us we are better facing it together than separate and I know I’m a better man with you than without you.

You are the only thing that keeps me goin’ You are the only thing, keeps my love alive You are the only thing that I’ll ever need You don’t have to worry, you see, my love is forever.
– Prince

I am committed to you, you are my heart, you are my soul. There is nothing that could ever cause me to stray, nothing that could steal my heart from you. I love you more today than after our first kiss and I’ll love you more tomorrow.

Prayers and Condolences…Return to Sender

B0BD3CA7-2CA6-4A90-A4A9-066B24BB9A4A‪This letter is being returned to sender due to the lack of true caring for my innocent children. Prayers and condolences will sadly not restore their vibrant life force among you. Rather it appears to be a way for you to assuage your feelings of guilt for your failure to act in a proactive matter to prevent yet another mass shooting and please do question my intelligence with lines such as it’s not guns it’s mental illness when this type of thing happens only in your country. Instead of prayers and condolences for those tragically lost to gun violence maybe you should pray for help in finding the conviction within yourselves to draft a comprehensive gun law.