Thursday, December 1, 2016

Petty Things

There are things in life that are important. There are many others that are not. Sometimes it is hard to tell the two apart. Success and happiness in life oftentimes depends upon our ability to tell which is which.

I categorize the unimportant things as petty things. Do not waste time on petty things as they will sap you of energy, opportunity, and happiness. Focus on what is important... What is important you might be asking as you read this. 

You decide what is important. No one else can decide for you. That is not to say that many won't be telling you, advising you, preaching to you what you ought to consider important. Listen to them, think about it, then decide for yourself.

Friday, November 11, 2016


Some sort of cosmic coincidence or a message from up above. Merely minutes after having a discussion about how parenting affects what your kids appreciate things where we specifically mentioned inviting your kids to stop and smell the flowers, look up at the stars, and enjoy the view this happened!

My baby ran out of the door at the sight of the golden and auburn hues of the sky as the sun set. As she did so she bellowed "I gotta see the sunset, it's beautiful!". As a father who wants nothing more than his daughter being able to appreciate all of the wonders that life has to offer where happiness does not require to be gift-wrapped I was over the moon with joy.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016



That you are special. Not because anyone says so, no, simply because you know yourself to be. I can tell you a million and one things with little effect. Some you will believe, some you will not. Many things you will find interesting, others quite the opposite. There will be things that you miss, others that you will latch onto. If there is one thing that I tell you that I would love, above all else, to believe and hold onto it is this...

You, Jamilah, are special. You are smart, caring, curious, passionate, funny, artistic, and to me a source of joy. 

Once you accept and believe that about yourself there will be no stopping you. There will not be a mountain that is too high for you to climb or a problem to difficult for you to overcome. The strength and potential within you will bubble up to the surface and lead you to great things once you do. It will open a new world that you never thought possible. How do I know? It happened to me once I decided that I would believe myself to be special. Heed the words of your father...