As you go through life, people will have a negative and positive impact on your life. The people who try to belittle you are not beneficial to your well being. In this life, there will always be that one know it all who thinks he knows everything about every little thing in this world, and you’re just not as smart as them. However, God has made us all differently, and what I’m good at you might struggle with, and you might have talents that I do not possess.
Over the years, I have accumulated a bunch of knowledge. I have learned that we are not all the same, we all have God-given talents, and just because some people are good at algebra and you’re not doesn’t make you unintelligent. John F Kennedy was one of the most famous and youngest presidents and prevented nuclear war from happening, but some people less famous than him made an impact on this world that should not be ignored. Less famous people like Detrick Bonhoeffer, who went up against the nazis and was put to death for his strong opposition against national socialism and his willingness to speak out against Hitler, should not be forgotten. Dietrick still prayed to God from prison and was one of the most influential people in a time of great uncertainty. So, while J.F.K might have had all the tabloids, Dietrick had a fearless heart and was not afraid to die for something he felt was unjust. Also, Bonhoeffer felt that even if he did die, that was not the end paradise existed for God-loving heroes like him.
Please remember that if you are trying to reach your goals in life, there will always be one person trying to one-up you, but they do not matter. Know that some of the most influential people in this world, like David Ruettiger, had to go through many struggles before he came out on top. People will doubt you, and they will also try to make everything into a competition, but it is not the person who wins the race first in front of millions of people. Its the person who leaves the most everlasting impression that wins the race.
When we see the word struggle, we attribute it with something negative, like no good can come from it. However, is this the right attitude to have? Did Jackie Robinson turn away from his struggle when he broke the color barrier in baseball? No, he went through endless racism and the pain and suffering that came with that to bring justice to the game of baseball. Did Michael Jordan just quit basketball for forever after his father died? No, he came out of retirement and scored 26.9 ppg at the age of 31 after missing an entire year. Did David Cone after he needed surgery to remove an aneurysm say I quit this is just too much for me to come back and pitch? No, and he might have had some doubts about coming back too quickly. However, Cone came back from his aneurysm surgery to pitch five no-hit innings. Then, later as a Yankee at the age of 36, he threw the first perfect game of his career. It was an accomplishment he did not think he would achieve at this age.
The point that I’m trying to make is when we pull back this massive facade, that struggle is never a good thing; we finally see that we would have never experienced the greatness we have achieved or can achieve today without that struggle we experienced. In other words, pain exists to teach us how to cope with the real world. It’s as simple as that. God uses people throughout history to give us stories about Kings and queens and how they dealt with pain so we can be prepared to teach our children how to rise above it and thus instill in us a future scholar and teach us how to conquer it!
Mr. Lewis put it perfectly when he said, “I did not find the front-line trenches or the C.C.S. [Casualty Clearing Station] more full than any other place of hatred, selfishness, rebellion, and dishonesty. I have seen great beauty of spirit in some who were greater sufferers. For the most part, I have seen men grow better, not worse with advancing years, and I have seen the last illness produce treasures of fortitude and meekness from most unpromising subjects.”
I am not saying that this is an easy concept to grasp, but when we learn how to light a candle during any darkness we experience, we learn how to shine our light on any dark time and show the rest of the world that they are not alone. I hope you have enjoyed my blog posts, and I hope you are doing well today. Please be kind to yourself, take time alone just to bask in the sun and get some vitamin d, maybe read a book or listen to something. Try to stay busy, and never give up my friends!
Not many people can leave behind the legacy of a Michael Jordan or even Babe Ruth. However, Lou Gehrig was the Yankees’ first baseman from 1923 to 1939. He was born in New York. His parents were poor immigrants. That didn’t stop Gehrig’s father from helping his son train harder for the MLB. Later in his career, he would become one of the Yankee’s best players, and up until 1995, Gehrig played an MLB record of 2,130-games. Cal Ripken would then shatter that record in 1995 as an Oriole at the age of 34.
Before Gehrig became one of the Yankee’s most prolific power-hitting first baseman, did you know he was first a left-handed pitcher? At an early age, Gehrig only earned 5 dollars for every game he played. As Gehrig transitioned over to being a hitter, he played a game at Wrigley Field, where he hit a game-winning home run against Chicago’s most well-known high school team. Shortly after high school, he was offered a scholarship to play football, but he tried out for the Giants and then got demoted. Shortly after this, Gehrig would return to playing ball again, where he batted 444 and finally was signed to a deal by scout Paul Kitchell.
Gehrig would go onto win a triple crown with the Yankees, and he won an MVP too. We cannot forget that Lou Gehrig was just as important to the Yankees sweep in 1928 as Babe Ruth was. Gehrig in the 1928 world series batted 545 with four homers. However, even with all those accomplishments, Gehrig struggled with staying healthy, and during his streak, Gehrig battled many complications he played through back pain broken fingers and sore muscles. When Gehrig’s body could no longer take the abuse of a long baseball season, and he began to decline, Gehrig was then diagnosed with a fatal disease called ALS. Also known today as( Lou Gehrig’s Disease) most people’s life span, when diagnosed with this disease, is only about 4-5 years. Before Gehrig would die in 1941, he delivered one of the most iconic farewell speeches at Yankees stadium, where he said, ” Fans, for the past two weeks you have been reading about the bad break I got. Yet today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of this earth. I have been in ballparks for seventeen years and have never received anything but kindness and encouragement from you fans.”
“Look at these grand men. Which of you wouldn’t consider it the highlight of his career just to associate with them for even one day? Sure, I’m lucky. Who wouldn’t consider it an honor to have known Jacob Ruppert? Also, the builder of baseball’s greatest empire, Ed Barrow? To have spent six years with that wonderful little fellow, Miller Huggins? Then to have spent the next nine years with that outstanding leader, that smart student of psychology, the best manager in baseball today, Joe McCarthy? Sure, I’m lucky.” So I close in saying that I may have had a tough break, but I have an awful lot to live for.”
“When the New York Giants, a team you would give your right arm to beat, and vice versa, sends you a gift – that’s something. When everybody down to the groundskeepers and those boys in white coats remember you with trophies – that’s something. When you have a wonderful mother-in-law who takes sides with you in squabbles with her own daughter – that’s something. ”When you have a father and a mother who work all their lives so you can have an education and build your body – it’s a blessing. When you have a wife who has been a tower of strength and shown more courage than you dreamed existed – that’s the finest I know.”
This post was inspired by a short bio I read: if you ever wanted to learn more about Lou Gehrig, I strongly recommend this Lou Gehrig Encyclopedia of World Biography Online, vol. 19, Gale, 1999. Gale In Context: Biography.
Do you ever stop and think I wish I could move far away without a care in the world? Maybe start all over again where nobody knows you, and there is no stupid drama. I have felt this way for a long time. Massachusetts is not my cup of tea. It is not because it’s not a safe place to live, but because there is nothing left here for me. I am by no means saying that if I decide to move, everything will be perfect because it won’t. I think every place has its pros and cons.
Times like this can make us all feel negative, but truthfully I have felt this way before the pandemic. Moving somewhere does not fix everything, but I need a fresh start somewhere else. It’s not because I have a bad reputation here, I don’t. I need to put myself in the best spot to live out my full potential as a person. Some of the greatest men did not get where they are at in the record books just being stagnant in their aspirations.
I need to stop being afraid even if I fail in a new place or new work environment I will be okay. C.S. Lewis once said, “Failures, repeated are finger posts on the road to achievement. One fails forward toward success. ” I think we get so comfortable in stuff that we do for money or because we have been there for so long we feel we can’t do something new or something that will make us happier because we are afraid of change. We can’t let fear be the motivator here. We have to step outside our comfort zones and truly trust the process repetition kills, but it is the only way to get something right.
Also, I want to thank anyone who takes the time out of their busy days to read my blog posts. I also want to apologize for the long wait concerning my new Yogi Bera write up. I have been so distracted and will eventually have that finished at some point. Be safe, my friends, and I am praying for you all as we go through this tough time.
Lewis Armstrong once wrote: “I see trees of green Red roses too I see them bloom For me and you And I think to myself what a wonderful world.”
What a Wonderful World became one of Armstrongs’ most popular hits. However, Lewis Armstrong’s path to stardom was not an easy one; he did not have the easiest of lives. When he was just an infant, his father abandoned him, and his mother left Armstrong with his grandmother. Armstrong also got into trouble with the law once. One night he had a loaded pistol with blanks while he was outside, he then fired at a boy. Armstrong would then be taken in by the police. Instead of serving real jail time, Armstrong was then brought to a place called a waif home. Waif homes were a type of school that was strict, kind of like a military school.
These types of schools were run by African Americans who took in youngsters who strayed away from the narrow path. While at the waif home, Armstrong did not let their strict guidelines get to him because he had cooked meals and clothes. Armstrong would later on, be introduced to a band while at the waif home. He began playing the tambourine and then started playing the cornet.
By the time Armstrong was released, he was a self-taught jazz musician, and he could play songs on his own. Armstrong’s real dream was to become a professional musician, but at times he had to work unpleasant jobs to get by. Armstrong at night, would roam the streets and listen to other bands.
Armstrong’s luck changed when his friend gave him 10 dollars to purchase a cornet, and then he began to try to work at making his sound even better than it was. Armstrong also learned under some of the best such as legendary performers like King Oliver and Kid Ory. After playing with King Oliver and the Creole Jazz band, Armstrong had aspirations of creating his own band. He began adding some singing and dancing and even some funny stuff to his performances. Fans began to love the sound of his raspy and yet different take on performing jazz music.
However, Armstrongs struggles began to follow him again. First, he faced many financial problems. He dealt with many tough times where he was mistreated and taken advantage of by his manager, who helped him break into the industry in the early 1930s. Tommy Rockwell was his name, and he helped Armstrong find some stardom. At this time, he began to be seen in movies and even did some radio shows too.
Armstrong would then fire Rockwell and meet a man named Joe Glasser, who would help Armstrong with his financial struggles. Armstrong would go onto become the first African American to get his own promoted radio show. Armstrong long time fans didn’t like this and thought he was going too mainstream.
In the 1960s, Armstrong would get the recognition he deserved when his rendition of Hello Dolly overtook the Beetles number one spot on the billboard chart. He would go on to record 2000 songs; some came from the 1920s- 1930s. Many of these songs from these eras are still played by many today. Louis Armstrong left behind an untarnished legacy in the Jazz community. He overcame coming from a broken home, and betrayal and hate. In the end, all these things did not stop Armstrong from becoming a Jazz legend.
I do believe that my whole success goes back to that time I was arrested as a wayward boy at the age of thirteen. Because then I had to quit running around and began to learn something. Most of all, I began to learn music.
Recently, I have been dealing with writer’s block. I know this whole lockdown is getting to me. However, I am not that much of a social person at this moment in my life. I do miss going to my favorite coffee shops or even just having dinner with my family at my favorite restaurant. COVID 19 has brought on some much-needed self-reflection too.
For one, I don’t want to feel guilty for not posting as much as I used to on social media. I will no longer torture myself about how long its been since my last Instagram/Facebook post. I will instead cherish the moments and hold onto them in my heart. I also don’t want to live in fear because of this virus. I know its a dangerous virus, and I need to be careful because I have asthma, but I will not overdose on any news I watch. I feel like fear and the constant watching of the news & every single day them reminding us of the death count of COVID19 is just as dangerous for our mental health too.
It’s good to be informed about this virus; however, please know that overloading yourself on anything can be a real significant detriment to your life. A wise man once said that what you feed yourself will eventually grow, and if you continue to watch the news obsessively, that fear will only get worse, and you will only spread it onto others. Fear is man’s worst enemy, and it can be contagious too. It’s hard to refocus on something other than news in times like this, but we can beat this thing. We, as a country, have recovered from hurricanes and terrorist attacks and other disasters.
Mental pain is less dramatic than physical pain, but it is more common and also more hard to bear. The frequent attempt to conceal mental pain increases the burden: it is easier to say “My tooth is aching” than to say “My heart is broken.”
The other day I was watching a movie because what is there really to do in quarantine anyway? The film is called Rudy. It is about a kid who has always wanted to go to Notre Dame College, and he also has a dream of playing on the football team someday there too. In the early stages of this film, Rudy is working at a factory. His father and his best friend work there also. Tragically Rudy’s best friend dies in a fire at the factory, which prompts Rudy to pursue getting into Norte Dame a lot quicker than he expected because that what his friend would want him to do.
Rudy, in the early stages of the film, deals with people who don’t think he can get into Norte Dame or let alone get onto the football team. The reason for this is because its an expensive and hard college to get accepted into; also, Rudy sometimes struggles in school, and Rudy always has to confront the doubt that he may be too short for football. It has been a long time since I have seen this movie in its entirety, so I haven’t finished the rest of it.
However, can you relate to what Rudy was going through in this film? I know I can say yes to this question. Sometimes it feels like the whole world is doubting you, but in actuality, it is like what M.R. Robert Kenandy once said, “too often we excuse those who are willing to build their own lives on the shattered dreams of others.” Be a standout from the crowd, and don’t let the opinion of others failures make you afraid to achieve your goals.
When it comes to Clive Staples Lewis, there are many different things you can write about with regards to his life. For now, I will focus on the interesting facts about C.S. Lewis’s life. He was born on November 29, 1898. C.S. Lewis grew up in Belfast, Ireland. When he was younger, he lost his mother to cancer.
Early on into Lewis’s academic career, he attended Oxford University; he initially arrived at Oxford on a scholarship. However, his studies were put on hold because Lewis was stationed in France during World War 1. Later Lewis would accept a teaching job at Magdalene college where he would teach literature and classic philosophy.
Lewis is best known for a book called Chronicles of Narnia, but did you know he wrote books on Christian philosophy too? Lewis wrote a book called Screwtape Letters, wherein the book he talks about the struggle of good and evil and how Wormwood, the demon in the book, tries to tempt the believer in God but can’t corrupt the believer because the relationship they have with God is stronger. Lewis also wrote a book called A Grief Observed, chronicling how hard it is to live without his wife after she passed away from breast cancer. This book is filled with melancholy, but anybody can relate to Lewis’s struggle of losing someone he loved so dearly. He also wrote another popular book called Mere Christianity, where he outlines his thoughts on Christian doctrine.
In closing, there are many things about C.S. Lewis that sparked my interest in him. However, I find the facts about Mr. Lewis’s life to be the most interesting thing about him. For Example, I never knew that Lewis taught literature before.
Pain and suffering come and go, but like a season, they will not last forever. For the flowers bloom every spring, we must remember that with all seasons, we can all sing. Babies laugh & cry during the spring, and couples gather around to share a ring. Every summer, the beach is the spot where we go and walk around on the boardwalk. We watch as the waves splash around and listen to the ocean, slowly calm the anxiousness in our souls. The beach is our very own hospital where we go to get better again. The sun never leaves us, and as we bask in the sunset, we know that at last summertime is here for us to enjoy.
Do you want to know what is so annoying about being single? It is the fact that everyone in their mother thinks they know what is best for you, and some people act as their cupid themselves. If you knew that woman for a very long time, it’s naturally going to take a long time to heal. It is entirely okay to have a hard time with a breakup. You are not damaged goods, please know that, and you are not weird for being heartbroken over this for a long time! You are human, and you will eventually heal; it takes time and a lot of self-help books to help you ease your hurting soul. I have been there, and there is nothing worse than people pestering you to move on when you are not ready to move on!
Also, keep in mind if your relationship did not withstand the test of time, try not to beat yourself up. If it wasn’t your fault that you broke up with that person, then try to focus on something that you did right at-least you wanted to make it work. Try taking a walk outside and observe your surroundings. Even little trips to Barnes & Noble, just to read a little in silence, can make a big difference.
If I am not mistaken, there are also groups on Facebook to help with a broken heart. Remember to treat yourself to a good meal once a week. Below is three things I try to keep in mind throughout the day.
1. Take time to heal alone. 2.)Take time to think things over. 3.) Sometimes something that you believe is beyond repair might require a little renovation. Not everything in this world has to result in a complete teardown.
Robert Frost once said, ”I have been one acquainted with the night. I have walked out in rain—and back in rain. I have out-walked the furthest city light I have looked down the saddest city lane. I have passed by the watchman on his beat And dropped my eyes, unwilling to explain.”
”I have stood still and stopped the sound of feet. When far away an interrupted cry Came over houses from another street, but not to call me back or say good-bye; And further still at an unearthly height, One luminary clock against the sky proclaimed the time was neither wrong nor right. I have been one acquainted with the night .”
Recently I was reading an article entitled Domestic Harmony by Marley Brown. In this article, she discusses the findings of 2,000 artifacts that have been recovered at a communal dump. Brown mostly focuses on a German-made Harmonica that was found that appears to have come from the nineteenth century.
The outer plate of the harmonica inscription reads Friedr. Hotz. This leads Brown to think that is was made by the Friedrich Hotz Company. Brown explains that this company started producing harmonicas in as early as 1862! Brown explains later that the company was bought by Matthias Hohner, who began to first show the instrument to America in 1862.
When I think about a hero, I think of people like Abraham Lincoln or Dietrich Bonhoeffer. However, have you ever heard of Corrie Ten Boom? She was born on April 15, 1892, in Amsterdam. Corrie Ten Boom got her first taste of notoriety after writing a book called The Hiding Place. The Hiding Place chronicles what Corrie Ten Boom and her family went through when they got imprisoned in a concentration camp in the time of the Holocaust. Corrie and her sister were moved to another concentration camp in Holland.
The both of them faced hard time labor, and near starvation. Boom, a devoted Christian, still held bible studies in the knitting rooms. Boom and her family set up a secret resting place where they provided help to many victims of the Nazis in the time of German occupation of the Netherlands.
By the time of Christmas 1944, Boom was finally free and put on a train for Berlin. Boom would then arrive at the severely bombed station where an older janitor would help her locate a train back to the Dutch border. Boom had not eaten in days because her food was either stolen or lost! She finally found a safe place at a hospital in Gottingen, where her health improved.
Later on, Corrie Ten Boom would start touring, and she began to share about what she went through. Corrie Ten Boom would go on to tour Europe, and then all around the world. Boom would later go on to set up a refuge house for victims of the concentration camps. She also would become the first licensed watchmaker in the Netherlands. Corrie Ten Boom, unfortunately, at the age of 93, would pass away. It has been said that Corrie Ten Boom would go on to save the lives of 800 Jewish people. Even though she is not here with us today, her legacy still shines bright and is one of the most influential women in history.
What wings are to a bird, and sails to a ship, so is prayer to the soul.
At times, I see a lot of people beat themselves up over women ghosting them. Women don’t just do it, but it can be disappointing to have a conversation die after you think you were having a good conversation with someone. For now, all you can do is accept it and take a deep breath and stop overthinking what went wrong because sometimes it’s not what went wrong its something on their end that is wrong. People on these apps make a very common mistake; they join these dating apps when they are not ready for a relationship because they are lonely. People crave companionship, and there is nothing wrong with testing the waters when you are alone.
However, are your priorities in line with the life you live? Smart career-oriented women see right through the counterfeit you. They want somebody who is stable and is working towards a better life.You can’t be the same person you were in high school you have to mature as a person and take the time to discover who the real you is. Remember, even if it might take you longer to do that don’t beat yourself up over it, Sean Connery didn’t get his first real break until 31, and Melissa McCarthy didn’t get her big break until her forties. Love has no age limit, and when you’re ready for it, God will move mountains for you.
Robinson was born on January 31, 1919. In 1947 he broke the color barrier in baseball, standing up against racism and fighting against injustice. Although Robinson was an advocate for standing up against racism, an interaction with Branch Rickey might have changed Robinson’s life forever. Branch Rickey wondered if Robinson had enough guts not to fight back. Robinson later would make his debut at 28 years old, silencing any of his friends’ doubts and winning Rookie of The Year. Early on, Robinson was abandoned by his father at a young age & had to deal with segregation.
In 1945, Robinson would sign a contract with the Kansas City Monarchs for 400$ a month. He didn’t like the money he was making, and the constant traveling it came with. Robinson surprisingly didn’t have baseball in mind as a full-time career. Branch Rickey would later try to change Robinson’s mind & in 1945, he would sign him to a deal to play with the Montreal Royals. At the time, Branch was very confident in Robinson & liked his attitude and his desire to become successful despite the current adversary he faced. Branch Rickey’s decision to take Robinson under his wing did not come with approval from his peers.
However, Robinson & Rickey were determined to change people’s hearts. According to baseball writer Harvey Frommer in his book on Robinson, he says that Robinson said, ” I think I am the right man to pick for this test. There is no possible chance that I will flunk it or quit before the end for any other reason than that I am not a good enough ballplayer.” Robinson did not have an easy spring training because of segregation laws. He was told to ride in the back of buses, and even in games he was supposed to play in, they would sometimes be called off. Despite this, he would lead his team to The Little World Series, batting 349 with 40 stolen bases that year. Robinson’s legacy has held up for over 70 years, and what he has done in the baseball world will never be forgotten.
Harvey Frommer said in his book when Ruth was playing in the time of the World Series, he and his wife were spat on by Cub fans and called grandpop. Also, he claimed that people of Ruth’s day were divided on his called shot. Some claim that the gesture was him taunting the Cubs players back because they didn’t get along. However, some of Ruth’s teammates, like Lou Gehrig, had no doubt he did. Whether or not you believe he did that year at 37 years old, Ruth hit 341 mashing 41 homers and driving in 137 runs. The Yankees went onto win the World Series that year.
I don’t think we will ever see another baseball player like the Babe again. He was a pitcher & a hitter, and with the Sox in 1916, he pitched 323 innings. Later on, he would go on to hit a total of 714 homers. Babe, also in his life, donated to many charities involving orphans and people who may not have been in good health. In my opinion, Ruth is the greatest Yankee of all time. To put it simply without Ruth, the home run record would not be made to be broken.
Papyrus P52 is a new testament fragment from antiquity; it preserves John 18:31–33, & John 18:37–38, where Pilate questions Jesus. Colin Henderson Roberts wrote a small detailed report about this manuscript. (Papyrus P52) is still the earliest greek fragment we have of John.
One paleographer from Roberts day even dated P52 to the first century A.D. However, the (consensus) among some scholars during Robert’s day is this fragment comes from the beginning of the second century A.D. Though recent analysis on the fragment points to a 200 A.D date. Paleographers date manuscripts or fragments based on their handwriting and do a thorough analysis of the fragment with other old writing from antiquity. It’s truly amazing how one little piece of a papyrus can bring so much knowledge to scholarship!
I recently learned about the discovery of an ancient synagogue that was found in Huqoq. The Huqoq synagogue surprisingly had well-preserved mosaics, as shown in the photo below. A synagogue is a type of building where people would go to for worship or instruction. The shul was excavated by female archaeologist Jodi Magness and her team.
The synagogue dates to the early fifth century CE, and Magness also said she feels an earlier date should also be given to other synagogues found too. “Preferably the so-called Gallien type synagogues which she says should be pushed back a couple of hundred years to at least the fourth or sixth century CE.”
Sometimes in the archaeological world, you will come across synagogues that date to perhaps the fourth century CE. However, archaeologists will find that the foundation of that later synagogue was built over an even earlier synagogue. We see this to be the case with the shul at Capernaum. In short, archaeology helps us enhance the verisimilitude or the believability of an ancient text.
I know angels are watching over me for the bible tells me so. Today I saw an angel watching over me. I know some of the people of this world don’t believe in miracles like angels watching over all of us, but angels are still real they even act like real people. Angels are appointed from God to help the broken and crushed in the spirit. They watch over us just as a mother watches over their baby. We may all make mistakes, but angels once were people like us, so they never give up on us. We all walk down different paths but never take your eyes off the angels of this world because you may be someone’s angel in the flesh.
I recently saw the new movie The Way Back, starring Ben Affleck; this might be Ben Affleck’s best performance as an actor. If you enjoy a good basketball movie like myself, you will love The Way Back. Gavin O’ Conor did a spectacular job of portraying how hard it is living with alcoholism and the struggle to clean up your own life while trying to coach a struggling basketball team back to its winning ways.
Affleck shines in this role, and he knocks his part out of the park. This movie kept me on the edge of my seat. One moment I could be cheering for Affleck, and another moment, I could feel so sorry for his character in this movie. There is one scene in this movie where Affleck is watching one of the kids play, and he is really good, but the kid has no confidence in himself and doubts he could be captain of the team. So, Affleck pretty much asks him why he is so down on himself because he is the best player on the team. That was a moment from the movie that reminded me of my high school basketball coach.
The Way Back is not a cheesy basketball movie like some try to insinuate. It has its moments where I thought I was watching a modern-day Hoosiers but not quite as good as Hoosiers. Affleck fans will be pleasantly surprised by this film and not regret one bit that he took time off to sort things out and help make this film an excellent basketball film.