Understanding that we are able to have many freedoms and the opportunity to create our dreams while manifesting them into reality. To just think that there was So for that reason, I am very grateful and eternally indebted to those who committed their lives to being a role model.
So I felt that it was more than fitting to share this excerpt from Ch. 13, Be a Role Model of my latest book Process.
Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. (Romans 5:3-4 NIV)
My trip to Camp Jubilee in Meridian, Texas helped me realize how a role model impacts another person. Initially, I thought I was going to a basketball camp but when I arrived, I began to realize that I would be a mentor or role model. I had never really thought about whether I wanted to be a role model or not. As a young African-American male, it was expected, especially since the kids at the camp looked up to us. Going out to Meridian and hanging out with children who looked just like me, I never stopped to think about this, even while earning my bachelor’s degree. I feel as if I have been able to set a benchmark in academics as an African-American with a college degree and who had never once gone to jail. I hadn’t realized the impact that experience would have on me when I watched all those children get off the bus. It’s been seven years since that first trip and I’m still going strong.
I never fathomed that I was a walking advertisement for what they can achieve because during the time I was there with the kid's interactions occurred 24/7. Kids absorb what they see and kids do what they see us doing. I was proof to them that they could graduate, go to school and get a good job in other areas besides sports.
Over the years, I realized that I am living for others and not just for myself, so I started to become more conscious of the decisions I was making. At that time, I never fully understood the importance of me being at that camp and the expectations of the year ahead; these children will be expecting to see me displaying consistency over time. I could not fail them like someone else may have done in the past. I knew that they would be looking forward to seeing me in the summer and, for that reason, I held myself accountable and subsequently included my best friend to boost their morale further. This helped these children to see and understand that consistency does exist.
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