President Obama and the end of excuses
Armstrong Williams | 5/31/2013, 12:38 p.m.
I cannot say it any better. But I can offer my own advice for forging ahead.
Even if you live in a broken neighborhood, there is no reason to sell drugs or commit other crimes. Black men are more likely to get caught trafficking narcotics, beginning the cycle of incarceration from which 70 percent do not escape. There are plenty of legal methods to earn money. Just because they are not as quick or easy does not make them less worthwhile. They will teach you patience, endurance and the self-reliance--all necessary values to make it in the world. Most importantly, it will keep you free.
There will always be others out there trying to make excuses for you and pardon your bad behavior. Do not let them, especially when they try absolving you of something by citing your race or "the system." Rebuke them, take responsibility and learn from your mistakes.
Never let where you are from, nor where you are currently, hold you back. An absent parent or role model does not mean you cannot work hard in school, get a good job, nor be a good father or mother to your children.
If you are at the bottom of a pit, refusing to climb out is on you. You can ask for help from others in the pit, you can cry out to those already out, but only you can initiate the action to free yourself. And when you climb out, be sure to reach back and help those who helped you or are crawling out themselves.
And last but not least, always endeavor to be your best self. Be a better neighbor, husband, mother, friend, etc. Always keep striving to be positive, learn new things and grow as a person. If you practice being your best self, you will succeed in life. You might not be the richest, most athletic or best-looking, but you can be proud of your life and the example you have set for your family, friends and community.
There will be setbacks, hardships and discrimination, but we can either choose to give up or push ahead. A life without excuses can lead to only one conclusion: satisfaction that you not only did your best, but you left the world just a bit better than when you came into it.
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