Friday, April 27, 2012

The Book of Transitions...... The Very Last Stand

Hello America,

Well..............

This is the very last stand for the book of transitions.

I named this book not necessarily for the start of the NBA playoff season and to correspond with the NHL playoff season as well.  

I named it for myself, for I told myself that when the book of Sacrifices starts I would sacrifice something because this book is about those who give, who sacrifice their all so we don't have to.

I thought long and hard about what to give up... a diet or something like that would be unfair because that's something I need to be doing anyway............

So I hope that by the end of this post..........  You all will see what I chose to give up to honor our soldiers..... those who face the battlefield of our military, of our schools, of our country.

I respectfully ask Willliard Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, the Dallas Mavericks, the Texas Rangers and Mark Cuban to come to the front of the classroom....  Not even to stand just to sit.  Everyone knows I use full names when I am really serious...... although I can't imagine moments when I am not.....

I view this blog as an environment for learning a lot of times things God sends to me to share to others, but today it is about what God sent for me.

You can't ask someone one to listen all the time... if they can't see you get chastised in the same manner at times......

Let's continue with that story I was talking about with myself and this gentleman........ I've been conversing with in heaven, for the last week.


I made it down the elevator heading back to my normal day, but when the elevator opened.....

The man I spoke of, this great congressman I think by now we all know as Edward Moore Kennedy,the great Ted Kennedy........  is in the lobby.......

My shoulders slump, and I take a long breath........ and get off the elevator.

And start to walk, and so does he.........

"I guess you learning huh?  Figured out that you can get to places, I can't I see..... I can't avoid you."  I say, just walking as it is a moderate pathway back to consciousness........

"Yeah, I always a quick learner, but not a fast walker........ Can you pause for a moment?"  He says amicably.

"You know why I am here........Tiffani..... There are some things you can not avoid, at least not soberly...... And that is what I represent in this dream....."

"I know.........." I simply say as I stop looking down the road knowing I have to be back at consciousness soon, I have to go to work.

"Tiffani......... it is just some things that you just don't understand.......  Romney ain't the best, but we....." He starts......

"He's an arrogant prick whose money and power and your blessing gave him a party and a label of conservative he don't live nor has earned policy wise, although personally he has.......  If you want to say something to me, please just get to the point, don't bs me.  Obviously, God gave me you for some reason, I'd rather get to it"  I say, not curtly but there is no warmth in my voice.........

Ted smiles and murmurs......"Well, they said you don't pull any punches.....  Yeah, he is but.....Obama......got to be President, he milking it trust......"

By now I realize that although I will make it to work in time, I won't have time for restful slumber, which I am not too happy about........so I cut of Kennedy.

"You used Obama plain and simple, you took an angry black boy, who never really grew up because he was chosen a long time ago by you and other terrorists...........I mean...........socialists and liberals to be the beacon of the bullsh** you call social justice and because you are a politician's politician.  you cut a side deal with the GOP that Romney would be the next one because his basic premise to election is that this wild a** neg*** is out of control, he has f***** s*** up and I need to come in with my white, born to lead, Bain bred true connections, my daddy has prepped me for this my whole life as well...... is going to come and save that day........

And I can dig it, I respect the game, I love the game of politics, I am not naive.....  You all used me as well as some of the things I have said in the blog was just raw and profane, but real and I served as the mad angry black woman who gave you all the courage to start to address Obama in a more 'refined' way.  Can't be mad at that.......................

But the legacy of Black politics you all stuck us with through Obama and the acts of John Lewis, Al Sharpton, Maxine Waters...........

We'll never be cool understand........

I got three black male nephews..........and Obama is all they got, they don't have 42 other black males to aspire to be.......... and you knew when you all put him in there, it was just shock value to shock folk into sanity........by letting a black man who you knew didn't give a crap about Black Americans, or any Americans.......define our legacy........

I got nephews, man......"

And Ted looks at me in the eye for there is no pretense........ I'm crying.. Hell I am crying as I write this because the truth hurts........

And he searches for when you hit the other side, you can see parts of souls that mortals can't.

He sees my soul weeping.  And because of that his soul does too in part.

"Ted, you all did what you did and you all played a very dangerous game.......... Which is why Boehner is losing his mind  because if folk like me don't get on Romney's team and Obama wins there is going to be a civil war and America will end as we know it.......... because you all didn't think folk like me would just say f*** it and them, did you?"  I ask very, very softly........

He sits on a bench....... I sit........

He's quiet, I'm quiet......... I'm a southern woman, I know how to let a man take the time to gather his thoughts, his truth......

"No, we didn't Tiffani.  Didn't really think you would take the desecration of the Black male American political legacy so personally....... You different from your black conservative predecessors... Hell, frankly, you not really a conservative per se.  When I look at you, politically, I see.........."  And he looks at me for a moment

" I see an American.......... that gives a damn.  In this life, Tiffani, we all get used.  We all have to play our games. Trust me Romney....... He's just as much as a pawn as you or I or Barack, just a bandaid on a problem for now.  And yeah, its screwed the hedges were bet.  But you have to answer the same question that you asked of Dirk?

When your party, when your nation, Tiffani, as there are so many that are intrigued, that want to hear what you gotta say....... when they look in your eyes, they are going to want to know how deep is your soul?

Is below the rightful indignation you should have towards this country, it is not fair to black folks to have someone who we knew.......... didn't identify with black America at all, play with the emotions of a people knowing he was going to use them as much as we used him.......

is below all that a love for this country?

A love for it enough to do what's right even if that means dealing with pricks that come along with it?

A love for all Americans, that regardless of folks like me and Romney, and McConnell, and Reid who will never allow Newt back into the circle to get rid of the trough......

that you are going to let this battle pass in order to win the war that God gave me you for? 

So softly I have to lean over to hear him......

You know Mark Cuban..........

I know you want to show the world that you big time, be like John Elway signing some broke up quarterback who want last 5 quarters when the reality of "this is not practice" hits his body.

I know you want to be like Jerry signing Deion and say I'm the man..........

But you know what Mark...........

you know Ted thought me............

That God gives us who we need, not who we want.

You got a man who lost his father, but somehow found his family.

You got a man who lost his youth, but somehow found his fountain of youth.

You got a man who lost his his material riches, but somehow found his wealth.

Do you understand who you got on your team, Mark?

Do you understand why you don't need to be in those dudes faces acting like y'all friends when you won't even give a man the common courtesy of respecting their efforts because you wanna show all the fantasy owners of the world, you a real owner because just like anybody else they simply want to know if they have a job...............................?

I understand you got rules, but your family know how they going to eat everyday, but you want to me around men being their friend when they can't tell their family the same.

Roddy, Jason Kidd, Jason Terry, Shawn (WHO IS BEING ROBBED OF DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF YEAR B/C HE'S NAME AIN'T DWIGHT, LEBRON, KOBE OR KEVIN), Wright, Haywood (Play through Pain Mark.....), Ian, Yu, Vince, Brian, Dominque........

Dirk, not about you today love...... we cool, I know your heart, I watched the game last night, you my brother in this fight....... no worries okay. fighting for your brothers today.

giving they all but you focused on showing your all.........

Look at the Texas Rangers, they could have sat Josh out, he got problems,  Ian can't read that good, Elvis really does talk too much ;), Wash has had mistakes, Beltre go through his trials..., Napoli was written off stat wise a couple of years ago.....  Michael Young was over, Hell he is Jason Kidd in a different uniform ;)

But you know what makes the difference between a real general manager like Josh Daniels and you Mark?  You know why you headed down that path of Jerry Jones versus Nolan in the 2000 on era...

Because until you realize that before you can bring in young players that got all of the stats, you have to ensure to have a great team......... you have grown men who can teach those boys how to grow their games beyond their stats and that is what makes the great ones...

there is a story behind the stats.......

You dog Delonte and the whole league is gonna know that nothing is good enough for you.  You dog Vince no vet is gonna feel like what they bring to the table is good enough for you.  You dog Shawn and the rest of these dudes to get a child still trying to grow his game, with the way you one play buddy buddy with your players......

You are going to lose the respect of the players you try to be around so much.  When ESPN writing about Delonte's story... they telling you about the story of the brothers you call your employees, Mark.  You and I are kindred souls....... and there are sometimes to simply grow the hell up and fight bigger battles, even if that means losing the bidding war in front of you.

Sometimes in life you have to respect what God gives you.......

This team been through adversity no other team can face, and everybody in the league knows it, they know this team has God's holy power and to make it even sweeter, blessed you with a trip just up 35......

I digress.........

I looked at Ted........as he told me to call him Ted.........

And I just looked, tears streaming down my face......... searching my soul just as deeply as he was.......

and he said.


"God Gave Me You"

I know girl your heart does ache
we made a mess of country
I know where you at lately
Ain't where you gonna be

But God says I gotta stay right here T
And help with this thunder that's coming through
And I need you

Cause God gave me you to help us turn around
God gave me you but are you down?
I know its hard to really hear what I say
But frankly darling this here is God's way, it's true
We will get through
It's me and you

You can't see it but folks is believing
God's power is real T
And I know it aint rosy

the tools he sent for thee
Yeah, we played you, your honor we bartered
And no it ain't really cool
But we need you
Yeah!

God gave me you to turn me around
God gave me you to show his tools cause routs
to show the story that stats don't say
That dammit only his will is his way, it's true
God gave me you

On your own You can't be
What God has for you T
I can't do without you
This is what he put together
And his will we cannot sever
So what are you going to do?

Cause God gave me you so girl you down?
God gave me you to erase that doubt
God gave me you to say  let it go right now
God gave me you cuz growing up is hard no doubt
This is the story that stats don't say
That dammit only his will is his way, it's true
God gave me you, gave me you.
What you going to do?


Sometimes there is a story behind the stats























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