Each one teach one, each one help one, help a child stay in school by showing him how to do his algebra problems. Help an adult return to college in order to learn marketable skills so she can raise her family out of poverty. Mentor a young man in how to survive the streets of America without ending up dead or with a felony record. Americans need to help each other break out of the poverty trap designed by this society to maintain the status quo. Making it from welfare to wealth fare is a difficult journey, but it can be done. You cannot do it on legal or illegal drugs or alcohol, you must love yourself cold sober physically and spiritually clean. God wants us to live for the sake of others, when we live for the sake of others we will not become depressed and need prescription drugs to bring meaning back into our life, just passing on some secrets of success in America.

It is possible to program the mind with thoughts you want to manifest into your own realities.

The mind and the subconscious does not know if what you are programming it with are factual or not, but the mind and the thoughts placed in the mind does have the ability to bring into your world the content of your thoughts. Thought are things, with the power to create substance and events. I wrestle with God all the time and in the process, She reveals to me the secrets of life. I am not perfect and I have made some mistakes, fortunately not bad ones, but I am not a passive player in my life.

During the course of my life I had to work, at times, 5 jobs, take care of a family and raise two sons- at the same time.

  • Certified teacher, New York City Board Of Education
  • After school Coordinator for a church.
  • Professor- College
  • Licensed Insurance Agent Company
  • Sales person

In the twilight years of my life, I returned to field of education and received a 5th and 6th degree, a Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry. The blueprint for breaking out of the culture of poverty had proved successful. Today when I work with other starting the trip, I can say I have completed the journey.

Poverty is an addictive drug and that is why it is so difficult to break away from its influence. Poverty provides warmth, acceptance, no expectations and no judgment. It is a free floating space, with the only requirement that you show up the same way each day with no changes and no thoughts for the future. Living for the now is all there is and anything, which can pleasure the now- is acceptable.

There is no past or future in the lives of members of poverty, there is only the now. When you arrive in a poverty environment, no one is interested in who you are, what you have done or are doing. No one cares about your accomplishments the only time is the now time, and when you leave, it is as if you were never there. It is pure pleasure. How does one avoid the culture of poverty, and how would a person trapped in poverty break out? In order to avoid poverty never acknowledge its reality.

Think, see and behave as if a different state of reality were part of your existence. Wealth is a mental attitude influenced by the way you think about yourself and the environment around. A wealth conditioning had nothing to do with economic reality; the small bi monthly welfare check was not designed to give a person a sense of comfort. The idea that this was a transitional stage of life, and we would get through it was encouraged and became the unspoken words of our being. I remember having great images of a future I would design for myself, the more challenges faced, the stronger and clearer the vision became.

Perhaps, this suggests that we were never in the culture of poverty; we were going through financial circumstances demanding strict attention to the distribution and use of money. Money did not make us rich or poor, money was what was used to pay bills. We were raised as children of intellectual wealth, responsibility and talents. I selected all relationships with the same purpose, deciding in advance what part they would or could play in my future vision.

My mother put visions in our heads by taking us to other neighborhoods and providing an opportunity for us to see the possibilities of another world. During the years spent as a public school teacher in New York City, working in challenging communities, I used the New York City enriched environment as my classroom and repeated this process. 

Going to school is a spiritual act; you must prepare yourself for this spiritual experience. If you are an adult returning to school after years away from this experience it may seem difficult, after you adjust to the spirituality of the whole experience you will feel right at home. You must prepare yourself for this experience, it will be the journey of your life; you will and should fall in love.

The feeling of new life and awareness should come over you as you open up the areas of your being and sensitive frailties to take in new awareness. This is the process by which you are on your way to becoming a changed being. When you enter the classroom door, it is not  as the son or daughter of someone, you drop your external roles at the crossover sill and enter as you, ready for your own experience.

If you are returning to school for your friends, they will not notice or care; if you are returning for your family, they will resent your steal valuable time from their self centered world, and think you are selfish. If you enter for the race or good of mankind, they will resent you showing them up, by inferring through your behavior that they are failures and lazy. Family will sabotage your efforts; friends will consider you a traitor; your boss will feel you have too much time on your hand so he will try to increase your work load, blocking your school hours, and even you yourself may on occasions doubt the validity of what you are doing. These are demons and obstacles, and it is up to you to prepare for them, and have strategies for how to handle them when they do, and they will appear.

The best advice is to keep your own counsel, “see thou and tell no one” until you send out the invitations to the graduation. Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and you may kill your own chances for success through your own mouth. Boys living in challenging neighborhoods refused to carry school- books for fear of being bullied, books and study and homework time were provided during school hours so students could keep up grades. Saying to a child forget them and be the bigger person, will not help, and result in many fist- fights and crushed spirits.

Work out a plan to handle the many obstacles, and get ready for the greatest adventure of your life. You will work smarter, and you are more ready than high school graduates completing the thirteenth year of education. You bring life experiences into the classroom with you, and that world knowledge will help you in your social science courses in psychology, sociology, political science, government, philosophy and religion. Get those soft courses out of the way before you take the hard courses, the courses where someone has to teach you new ways of thinking and methodologies.

College is about reading and writing, and reading for content, and writing in the form and style approved by your professors. Remember your thoughts mean nothing unless they are backed up by some writer or acknowledged authority in the field. Put your ego on the back burner, and develop a strategy for getting through and out of the institution, and the gatekeepers to the exit door are your professors. Through the doors of the college walks your future, do not slow it down or mess it up because of you. Life is not fair, and all the obstacles you will encounter are in place to maintain the status quo. When you return to school you are stepping out of one stratified position to go into another. The American system is designed to keep people in their assigned places, you are preparing to change the rules and the players, and it will be exciting.

The world of the 21st century is a world of technology. It is therefore suggested that you include some money courses in your degree program. The basic liberal arts degree will qualify you to work today in restaurants, specialty shops and department stores. You will be knowledgably without knowing how to do anything.

The market pays for skills and talents; therefore take subjects and areas of concentrations that will make it possible for you to secure employment and be able to pay your student loans. Computer engineering, math, science and education will place you in a more favorable job market. You will become a better person as the results of your education, it is however your responsibility to earn a living for yourself. Your degree could be your entrance into the technology field, health services, legal services, architecture and design. Make your education more than a talking platform.

 

 

 

 

 

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