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CHANGE… It is something we chase yet reject, pray and cry out for, but deny it of its very essence when graced with its inevitable presence in our lives. My personal definition for Change is: “The transition from one person, place, or thing to another.”
At one point I thought when a person fought against transition that they were only hurting themselves, but this is the farthest thing from the truth.
Throughout my years I have witnessed individuals wrestle with their change and many fell short when opportunities were presented. Obstacles such as fear, low self-esteem, lack of knowledge and or a support system, greatly influence the outcome. I no longer believe in happenstances… just happiness. I honestly believe that happiness isn’t hard and though the road to get there may have its twists and turns, the journey is truly more precious than the destination itself.
I’ve been blessed to meet and develop a strong partnership and friendship with a great man by the name of James Brown (www.JamesBrownSpeaks.com) James has a saying that “It is better to be prepared and have an opportunity than to have an opportunity and not be prepared.” Pretty wise quote, huh? Well it’s not just the saying that captured my attention but the boldness of the man who said it that captivated my heart. You did hear me say he was a great man right? Well let me share a few things that make him great. Mr. James Brown, while young and wrestling with several transitions in life, was left paralyzed from the neck down from what he describes as a “drug deal gone bad.” His testimony is best told by himself - in person, his video documentary, or one of his self-published books! Yes, this mighty man’s chariot of war is a customized wheel chair that he now relentlessly navigates toward his destiny. His change was forced upon him over 22 years ago, yet how he handled his near-death encounter and the extreme adversity that followed, only strengthened his character and integrity. After the ordeal, a few months of having his pity parties and some intense soul searching, James was forced to look back over his life, evaluate his present situation, and develop a plan for his seemingly somewhat limited and dim future. While it took some time to physically adjust, amazingly enough James’ mental recovery was accelerated. After researching and asking questions, James created his own Travel Agency which did quite well, but it didn’t satisfy his soul. So of course he desired more out of his life, the life he had been given an opportunity to keep with some noticeable adjustments. James couldn’t walk or drive, or even sit up by himself. He couldn’t eat, get up or go to bed, or even use the restroom or take a bath without someone to assist him. While many would have suffered and suffocated from such diverse changes, these are the same struggles which Transitioned Him to a Greater Position. He is currently endorsed by great authors such as Les Brown, appeared on numerous broadcasts such as TBN, as well as spoken to countless at-risk youth, and at school assemblies around the country.
When one rejects the opportunity to discipline their destiny through the character-building hands of adversity and divine challenges in life, they not only cheat and limit themselves, but they also deny any and everyone who could have benefited from what I have learned to call their “Transition to a Greater Position.”
Change – It’s been a long time coming!!!
-Bennie SOS Foster