Miracles on Illinois St. :
My Calling & Feeling the Groove
It takes a splash of courage to relay my thoughts this time. No big bud pictures, bursting trichomes, yummy edible portraits (ok, only a couple) or cannabis event coverage meerfreakers, only a bit of raw truth, interesting results and thanks with this post y’all. That doesn’t mean that I don’t want you to fire up a blunt, do a dab or have a snapper of your favorite bud before reading this so, get comfortable, relax and of course… “Fire Up!” For those of you that do not partake of the lovely herb, try your best to relax, achieve that high on life which exists and meditate on some real shit!
I used to be that kid in the backyard, staring down at the concrete, observing ants and bugs, while other neighborhood kids were riding bikes, go-karts and mini bikes. I had an elementary school clique that I rolled with later on but at the base, I was a nerdy nature lover that kept himself busy with episodes of Rescue Rangers, Ducktales and anything else until the cartoons went off. What else are children to do when one parent is gone and the other is busy going to school and working to keep a roof over your head? I was the kid at Coyote Point Park in the SF Bay Area finding injured and sick animals and bringing them to the nature center as well as the Humane Society. It was as if I was magnetically drawn towards animals that weren’t okay, or in some instances animals were drawn towards me, asking for help.
It is only fair that I relay my history of things before diving clear into the future. My mother, before she decided to leave my father for common familial reasons, used to have a great garden, run a daycare out of her house and I remember how I had a natural ways with the babies she took care of. I could make any baby stop crying and smile, simply by slowly smiling. Time and time again I am reminded of these “gifts” that I possess, from making any living thing grow, to providing comfort and insight into another living person or animal. The key element in all of my past interactions has been my ability to empathize with any living being.
Present day I must say that although I don’t have some large following, fan base, an office in a high rise or a large list of clients or patients, but that in those basic ways I have mentioned above, that I’ve still got it goin’ on. Person by person, plant by plant, or even animal by animal, I continue to help others however I can. I mean, how can one just stand by and watch another suffer, especially if they might have insight of how to help? Although I have my own personal needs and find new surprises with my own health that need attention, I can still help others. No matter where we are in our walk of life, it doesn’t take much to simply pay attention and notice what’s goin’ on around you.
My journey leads me to my current situation, heart getting tired, strange chest pains, or me finding myself completely tired out much too early in the day. I have some vitamin deficiencies such as vitamin D deficiency, B12 deficiency as well as another I can’t think of right now… oh yeah potassium. The doctors I see won’t simply answer my “Why?” and a “here is what you do…” so I remain, as I have done with others, trying to figure out what is up with my strange body. I have a ten year old son, a baby on the way, my fiancé wants to get married soon yet I am not in the financial arena to do such things as have a big wedding as well as offer a place to live for three beautiful lives that I love very much and will do anything for. Along with having to navigate myself physically with my darn legs and two canes to walk on, the pain with each step and trying to stay positive and hope-filled, I have some monkeys on my back and the world on my shoulders.
No matter what I have to do, along the way I am constantly reminded of what and who I am. I am a counselor and a healer, by nature. Working within the many fields I have had the blessing to learn definitely has built more than just character within me for so many reasons. I am able to relay some info or give some CBD honey to a mother whose child has chronic seizures, a guy with Parkinson’s, or send relief to a friend on the other end whose wife had a stroke and more. The big “wow,” for me was when my father, Mr. Stanford University, mathematician himself, received a sample from me.
My father had a stroke a couple of years ago and recently I was able to give him a container of CBD infused honey that helped him. He explained to me how he now notices an increase of sharpness when he does his memory exercises and that it simply makes him feel better. With this news as well as with learning that he uses the infused honey regularly, I gladly gave him two more bottles with a prayer. I prayed that it prolongs his life ever more than his healthy eighty year old windsurfing self does to stay fit and maintain an excellent sense of wellness. He has a great relationship with my ten year old son and I hope, that with time gifted, that he will able to share many more stories and much more wisdom and love with the little guy and with the rest of the family.
What you see below are two of the realest, coolest dudes on the planet!
As I watch my pops give my son swimming lessons, the North Philly champion, mathematician and photography extraordinaire, I remember how hard he used to push me to succeed. To be frank, the amount of times I have had to rush to the bathroom to relieve myself while typing this in Starbucks is nutts (5 mf times… $h*t, mf-gosh darn, ok, now 10 times), so when I think of success I have had to set my own bar and re-evaluate my definition of what it means to be successful time and time again. Some might wonder “with all those skills you have from community building, non-profit, health educating, cultivating, baking and whatnot, why aren’t you working for some large cannabis company or community health organization?” or “why don’t you own your own company Sekou?” but things have proved more complex than meets the eye “Transformers!” I just had to say that, haha. How do you evaluate greatness and what bars, hurdles and feats have you accomplished in your years? I have yet to have a traveling team of folks helping me with book signings, conferences and motivational speaking events but I have strong faith that all of that stuff is soon to come.
I am the type of guy that tells you that no matter what you are going through, that the troubles you constantly face, the doors that get slammed in your face that you must stay diligent and hopeful, miracles do exist, don’t trip too much off of that shit and that the battle has already been won! What has already been said might have been dreamed before but might not have been already done! I’ll leave an original poem below for your enjoyment, I mean that is, if you like that sort of thing.
Some creatures simply look at the skies
Knowing exactly what type of weather might arise
As seeds wait for fall rain as well as wild and maintained grasses
We too seek a time-awaited soaking
Knowing nothing much and everything we need together all at the same time
Finding solutions amongst revolutions of constant change
Many, fallen into their niche of “ain’t that a bitch!”
Others seeking shelter of a different type
Choosing courageously to dare to go against the grain
Receiving varying calls, we must answer with new-founded strength
Realizing somehow that hardship also passes with pain yet
The stains of regret for some have proven hard to shake like mutating flus
Some prefer to fade the funk without acknowledgment that they too are being fake
As lies to self, become buried in a guilt only us and God can help and
Truths to be unmasked depend upon which chances we have as well as are not to take
Something within us resonates louder than anything this world can offer
While we learn to once again listen even after the loud music stops playing
Gaining insight, strength and the might of millions before us
Many find the treasure chests of resilience, peace, progress and passion
We were meant to experience and share from our first gifted breath boldly taken
Treasure Chest of Resilience
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