The Company You Keep…
What is it they say about birds? Oh yeah, “Birds of a feather flock together.” Yes, that’s it. I believe animals live there lives as humans should. We to are animals just a different species. Animals only kill when they are defending themselves or hungry. They only hunt enough to not starve and feed their families. They nurture their children, teach them how to survive then kick them out the nest. Most importantly they stick together, play together, work together, fly together.
The human species are the only animals on this planet who eat when they are not hungry, will have more then enough but not share. Fight and kill each other over material things or shade of complexion, discriminate, baby grown folks and hate. The most “intelligent species”, yet the most ignorant. It’s unfortunate maybe if we weren’t so smart we would be living in bliss…they have a saying for that also.
Anyway, to my point – the company you keep. When I decided to commit my life to my career goals of being a best selling author, Oscar winning actress I quit my corporate job opened an office downtown and started asking for investment money. My uncle Rob who is a silent partner in my business gave me a hefty investment to get started. So I went to work. I furnished the office, published The Things Inside Me, was working in the office from 7am to 7pm 5 – 6 days a week, developing my name in the PR (public relations) world – really going hard.
But on the weekends at night. I was chilling. I was hanging out doing things that I would normally do before (I will spare the details) but I was living a double life. One day I was leaving a dinner at my Grandmother’s house and my uncle asked me where I was going. I told him I was going to one of my hang outs and he said to me, “You still be over there?” This question caught me off guard because I thought, ‘why wouldn’t I be?’ So I laughed a little and smiled, said yes, and went on my way.
Then I couldn’t get his words out of my head. As I was involved in my ‘old ways’ I started to realize the things that I was doing had no positive affect in the direction I was heading. Me keeping hold of the old me was slowing my progress, but most importantly, there were 100 other things I could have been working on. I realized what he meant. I had to change everything about me, not just the things I felt like changing. So slowly but surly I stopped “hanging out” – or waisting time. I started working harder and keeping myself busy in my craft.
Now there is a bright side to this story. God always has something better for you if you make the sacrifices that you are supposed to. Once I gave up the old things God introduced me to people that I would have never met where I was before. Now I am in the company of women who are really making a difference and doing amazing things in their communities and in the world. I am friends with people like; Grammy Award winning Charmagne Tripp, Mrs. Dot Com, Crystal Senter Brown who does it all, LaToya Bosworth (Brenda’s Child – The Queen of Self-Esteem), Lynnette Johnson a brilliant woman with a bright light, my girls Tracy Caldwell (Mind.Evolution.) an extraordinarily talented writer, Alison McMeans a phenomenal actress, Jami Williams, MBA brilliant business woman, Ebonye’ Jackson an amazingly talent journalist and woman of God. And the list goes on.
Being associated with people like this has helped me to stay focused. They inspire me and drive me to keep pushing towards my dreams. They show me that anything is possible with hard work and determination. They are not just friends they are anchors, they keep me grounded and rooted in my cause. I am so blessed to know them. And if you don’t know them well Google will tell you all about it. They are making major moves and they are right here in the metro area. If I didn’t mention a name of one of my friends it’s not personal I am just running over on this post. But I love you all each one of you add to my life and I am thankful for your presence. You’re company has increased my assets not hindered them and for that I am forever grateful.