on freedom

on freedom

Nelson Mandela spent 27 years in prison. Confined to a small cell without a bed or plumbing, he was forced to do hard labor in a quarry. He could write and receive a letter once every six months, and once a year he was allowed to meet with a visitor for only 30 minutes.

After his release, he said: “As I walked out the door toward the gate that would lead to my freedom, I knew if I didn’t leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I’d still be in prison.”

Light Watkins



I pretend life is perfect
Always popping pot
In my parking lot
I swear when I think life aint fair
I don’t really cry, when I die
I don’t want anyone to cry

Waking up every morning not knowing
If ima Iive or die today
Coming out my pad bumping
Live or die in LA
I live in the present ’cause it’s a gift to be appreciated
Because suicide is so overrated
From rope hugs to heavy drugs
I understand and I know god has a plan
For everybody nice or naughty

Robe Tomas, Before There Were Bars, POPS The Club

God, help me!

Let go of the branch

A man was walking along a narrow path not paying much attention to where he was going. Suddenly, he slipped over the edge of a cliff. As he was falling, he grabbed the branch growing from the side of the cliff and hung on for dear life. After several moments, he realized that he couldn’t hang on for much longer so he cried out for help.

Man: Is anyone up there?

Voice: Yes, I’m here!

Man: Who’s that?

Voice: It’s God.

Man: God, help me!

Voice: Do you trust me?

Man: I trust you completely.

Voice: Good. Let go of the branch.

Man: What?!

Voice: I said, let go of the branch.

Man: (After a long a pause) Is anybody else up there?


What is Grit? The disposition to pursue very long term goals with passion and perseverance. It is sticking with things over the long term and then working very hard at it. Grit is living life like a marathon, not a sprint. 

Leaving a high-flying job in consulting, Angela Lee Duckworth took a job teaching math to seventh graders in a New York public school. She quickly realized that IQ wasn’t the only thing separating the successful students from those who struggled. Here, she explains her theory of “grit” as a predictor of success.