I think the core of Black Panther is about mastery: the mastery of self, one’s community and the world at large. By mastery, I am not talking about having the freedom to independently run one’s life in isolation. Erik had that freedom and we see how that ended for him. But I mean to learn to build one’s life within the supportive confines of community. Mastery is defined as, “a comprehensive knowledge of a skill or subject matter.”
We see this definition wonderfully represented, visually, in the Kingdom of Wakanda itself.The nation of Wakanda is an example of what can happen when a group of people learn how to humble themselves before each other. They do so in order to serve the greater good of the whole, while propelling each person to be the best they can be.Read more...(1224 words, 1 image, estimated 4:54 mins reading time)
When I was invited, back in December 2015, I had never heard of the organization. However, as I started to research them, it became apparent that the Osborne Association is making a tremendous impact in NY state. Here is their Mission Statement:
“The Osborne Association offers opportunities for individuals who have been in conflict with the law to transform their lives through innovative, effective, and replicable programs that serve the community by reducing crime and its human and economic costs. We offer opportunities for reform and rehabilitation through public education, advocacy, and alternatives to incarceration that respect the dignity of people and honor their capacity to change.”Read more...(371 words, 2 images, estimated 1:29 mins reading time)
Fear is one of the main reasons most of us don’t move from where we are to where we need and want to be.Fear of failure. Fear of rejection. Fear of the unknown. Fear of being under qualified. Fear of success. Fear of… (insert reason here.) But most of what we fear rarely happens. And if it did – with some thoughtful planning and execution – we could overcome the issue. Ultimately, overcoming our fear is about PERSPECTIVE.
Watch this short video from my G.P.S. Motivational Series which illustrates the point. Then ask yourself, “How can I change my perspective so I can get a grip on my fear?”
In this 5th Episode, Allen answers a viewer’s question: “How do you tell the difference between a genuine dream and a pipe dream?” This is great, in depth information we can all use to gain a better sense of direction and purpose in our lives.