Thank You…


 

Hello Reader,

Thank you for reading, sharing, and commenting on my blog. I will be closing this blog effective 8/1/2012 due to blogging on my new blog “Let’s Talk” (http://johatxah.tumblr.com/). If you enjoyed this blog — “Let’s Talk” are my point-of-views regarding issues that surround us on a daily basis (i.e. politics, parenting, religion, etc…) that we as parents, citizens, etc… have to make decisions on.

Please join me in discussing our first topic: How old do you think your child should be…before introducing them to contraceptives?  it will be on 7/26/12. If you are a parent let us know what you think…if you’re not a parent; I would still love to hear your feedback.

Once again, thank you — and I hope to share with you on our new blog (http://johatxah.tumblr.com/).

Thanks,

Jon

 

Sons


Dear Sons,

Father’s Day is this Sunday…and once again you are going to adorn me with gifts, love, & “thank you’s”.

But this father’s day — I want something different — I want…

1. Promise me that you will be a better father than me…that you will love your kids, no matter what. That your love for your kids cannot be measured — love like I love you boys, love like they are the last thing in this world, love like your life depends on it.

2. Make your family the first priority in your life — don’t allow work, goals, dreams to bump your family one notch. Cause when all fails — your wife & kids will never fail you, unless you fail them.

Sons — being a father is not the man who lays down with a woman to make kids…a father is someone who is there when you need him the most, a father is someone who never abandons his children, a father is someone who corrects & guides his children in the right path, a father is someone who protects from harms way, a father is someone who never puts anything in front of his kids, a father is someone who loves his children unconditionally, a father is someone who can distinguish the difference between giving love & buying love…

Be this father, be better than this father — remember how you treat your kids today, they will treat you the same tomorrow.

I love you guys & I say “Thank You” to God each day for putting you guys in my life…so, this Father’s Day promise me  that you will be a father & not a donor.

Love,

Dad

YOU


Life it’s hard — all the people you surround yourself with can only cheer you…you heard me.

Only you can succeed.
Only you can be happy.
Only you can choose the path of righteousness.
Only you can be wealthy/poor.

So don’t blame others for your life…cause only “YOU” decides what life you live.

“Each player must accept the cards life deals him or her: but once they are in hand, he or she alone must decide how to play the cards in order to win the game.” ~ Voltaire quotes

It’s time to re-evaluate your life — stick with what is good & change what needs to be changed.

Live life, love yourself, and be happy with “YOU” .

Memorial Day…


I would like to dedicate this poem to all past/present men & women who put their lives in harm ways to defend our freedoms.

Thank you & may God bring blessings upon you and your family…

Memorial Day
© 1999 by Michelle Keim, Commander of Royersford VFW Post 6341 in PA

As we stand here looking
At the flags upon these graves
Know these flags represent
A few of the true American brave

They fought for their Country
As man has through all of time
Except that these soldiers lying here
Fought for your country and mine

As we all are gathered here
To pay them our respect
Let’s pass this word to others
It’s what they would expect

I’m sure that they would do it
If it were me or you
To show we did not die in vein
But for the red, white and blue.

Let’s pass on to our children
And to those who never knew
What these soldiers died for
It’s the least we can do

Let’s not forget their families
Great pain they had to bear
Losing a son, father or husband
They need to know we still care

No matter which war was fought
On the day that they died
I stand here looking at these flags
Filled with American pride.

So as the bugler plays out Taps
With its sweet and eerie sound
Pray for these soldiers lying here
In this sacred, hallowed ground.

Take home with you a sense of pride
You were here Memorial Day.
Celebrating the way Americans should
On this solemnest of days.

I’m a person…


I’m not White, Black, Hispanic, Asian, Man, Woman, American, Mexican, African, Christian, Atheist, Muslim, Boy, Girl, Lesbian, Homosexual, or any other label you want to give me…

I’m a person with feelings, emotions, tears — a person who bleeds like you; a person who bursts into happiness when something good happens like you; a person who cries when a lost one is lost like you; a person who sacrifices like you; a person who stands in the line of battle to defend like you; a person who wants what you want…

A life filled with joy; a life filled with security for my loved ones; a life where peace permeates the core of my soul; a life with more happiness than sorrow; a life where I can look back, and say ” that was a great life, I have no regrets…”

So, the next time you’re going to discriminate against me; you’re going to use racism against me; you’re going to speak ill of me; you’re going to mock me; you’re going to bully me; you think that I am inferior to you…remember

I’m not White, Black, Hispanic, Asian, Man, Woman, American, Mexican, African, Christian, Atheist, Muslim, Boy, Girl, Lesbian, Homosexual, or any other label you want to give me…

I’M A PERSON…JUST LIKE YOU.

R.I.P  Trayvon Martin & every victim of racial killings…

You are special…


If someone tells you that you are worthless, you are a waste in this world, or you are a mistake — before you cry, scream, or commit suicide; take a deep breath and read…

In Genesis 1:27 it says, “So God created man (meaning man & woman) in his own image, in the image of God he created them, male and female he created them.” — let me break this down.

You, yes you was created in the image of a God that created the heavens & earth, a God that parted the Red Sea so many Israelite can escape from the Pharaoh‘s guards, a God that gave strength to Gideon & his 300 soldiers to defeat countless of soldiers, a God that healed the sick, a God that rose Lazarus from the dead, a God that changed Saul’s persecuting christian heart — into Paul a christian, a God that this country (USA) trust on, and we can keep going and going.

My point is that you are special — God took his time to make sure you was made “in His image” — no matter what is going on, don’t let no one tell you otherwise. You are not worthless because if you was would God send his son to die for you…you are not a waste in this world because every person that is alive in this world has a purpose…you are not a mistake because God doesn’t make mistakes…

Stand up, brush the dust off from being kicked to the ground, clean up from the debris — and say loud and proudly, “I am special”…just think for a second my spiritual father is the Grand Daddy of all…he is the healer, he is the almighty, he is omnipotent, omnipresent, & omniscient, he is the “I am”, he defeated Satan (evilness) in the cross, his blood can save my soul from eternal damnation…

and “Yes” that God is the God who made you in His image…

When evil words are being said to you, or doubt tries to creep in — just remember you was made in the image of God.

Believe…


As we progress through this month — with the lost of an iconic figure (Whitney Houston)…we must not forget what this month is about.

This month we celebrate the brave men & women that stood in front of adversary, laughter, dis-belief, animosity, & hatred and fought for the equality of humanity.

This month we reflect on the beauty that was reflected through the marches, speeches, and actions; the “belief” that one day, no matter the skin color equality was going to be given in the schools, services, neighborhoods, politics, etc…but most importantly they “believed”

You see if Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks, Maya Angelou, and so many others didn’t “believe” we probably wouldn’t have Black History Month…or music icons like Gladys Knight…or actors like Denzel Washington…or our 1st black president, Barack H. Obama.

The “belief” that equality was going to be given propelled all the amazing black men & women to go above and beyond…to not settle for “average”…to not give in to fear, hatred, or words of discouragement…they knew with every fiber in their body — that somehow, someway, what they did…would have great ripple effects & change history in his entirety.

Many of those great men & women may not live to see what has happened, what their “belief” has given us, how their determination, willingness, sweat, cries, & their “no quit” spirit has empowered many young people in fighting for what they “believe” in…

The fight is not over…but these great black men & women have started it — now it’s up to us to finish it…just BELIEVE.

Happy Valentines…with luv.

9 years…


I can tell you…if a genie grant me a wish to go back — I wouldn’t change anything.

Look, my marriage hasn’t been peaches & cream or a fairytale marriage — but I can say with a 100% certainty that no other female will give me what my wife has given/gives me, will make me happy, and will love me like she does.

WHAT SHE GAVE/GIVES ME…

  1. When my mother told me “I was a mistake”… I started to develop this mentality that “love” was just a fairytale; I didn’t “love” anyone or even myself — my wife was able to show me that “love” really exist…not this cheap motel love…but true love“. You see the definition in my eyes of “true love” is when you are patient, when you genuinely care, when you have consideration, when you do things expecting nothing in return, etc…
  2. My wife woke up that “fighting spirit” that I was taught since childhood — in my wife eyes “quitting” is not an option.
  3. My wife has taught me that happiness starts with “you” — we are all unique…but that uniqueness, that difference, is what makes us very interesting individuals…none of us are “dull”; so don’t be told otherwise.
  4. My wife has re-energized my passion for success — she tells me, “that you shouldn’t complain about your lifestyle; unless, you’re ready to do something about it…”

HOW SHE MAKES ME HAPPY

  1. Her smarts — without her…I can say that I wouldn’t accomplish a lot that I have accomplished
  2. Her beauty — let me tell you…her beauty is outside, as well as inside
  3. Her dedication — she doesn’t know how to “quit” (which is good)
  4. Her passion — she is the most passionate individual I have met to date
  5. Her motherhood — there are excellent, superb, great, etc… mothers out there…and our kids are blessed to have one of them
  6. Her “can do” spirit — she doesn’t let anyone (not even me) tell her what she can/cannot do…she believes that anyone can do anything no matter their gender
  7. Her “fight for justice” — she doesn’t believe in injustice…and she will “fight” until justice is given

I had nothing (I mean no job, money, housing,etc…) and my wife didn’t care — she loved me not for what I had or was able to offer (which wasn’t that much)… but for who I was. I will say that I am a blessed man for having this woman in my life…

I had 9 good years…and I planned to have, 9,10,15,50 years more — I love you, and “thank you” for these 9 years…

 

I will be back in January 2012…


It has been awhile — as we quickly approach to close this year; I want to take this moment to thank several people.

First & foremost, I want to say “thank you” to God for allowing me to overcome the Cerebellum Stroke I had on February 6th, 2011. I want to thank my wife for standing by my side in this challenging year, to my kids for believing in my “don’t give up” spirit, and my family for cheering me on.

I want to thank Jules Ferguson for giving me the honor to write the foreword to his upcoming book, Claudia Baier for allowing me to be a guest speaker in her coaching session, & Pete (our mailman) for allowing God to use him to save my spiritual life from destruction.

This year I have lost a lot — at the same time I have been blessed to meet many wonderful people, and new wisdom & understanding in the Lord…

I have a special thanks to all the wonderful readers that have read this blog — please continue sharing, so that others may be blessed as you have been.

Thank you…and I will be back posting on January 3rd, 2012.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, a blessed Christmas, and a great New Years…

If you have ideas on what should be posted when I come back — please send me an email at jonathan.baez82@gmail.com…

Hasta el ano nuevo…I want to leave you with this prayer:

Prayer of Saint Francis

 Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.

Where there is hatred, let me sow love.

Where there is injury, pardon.

Where there is doubt, faith.

Where there is despair, hope.

Where there is darkness, light.

Where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master,

grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled, as to console;

to be understood, as to understand;

to be loved, as to love.

For it is in giving that we receive.

It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,

and it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life.

Amen.

 

Never Forgotten…


This Sunday will be a decade (10 years) that we lost a lot of brave men/women on the tragic September 11th, 2001. The attack left us numb–feeling hopeless as we watched the planes hit the towers, and the people plunge to their death. Fear crept into our soul–pain embraced us; anger overpower us.

We cried, screamed, and cursed–we were afraid of going out, flying, getting on a train/bus, or going to the subway. We needed to hear words of hope, we needed to be lifted up again, we needed to hear words of courage.

What this group of extremist did was uncalled for–a lot of innocent casualties. On May the leader of this tragic attack was brought to justice–when he was killed by our soldiers.

This Sunday they will have a remembrance ceremony in NYC–the entire United States of America will take a moment of silence to remember all those brave men/women we lost.

I want to take this moment to tell all of my readers that they (the men/women that died on September, 11th 2001) may not be with us physically–but they are with us in spirit. Their braveness & courageous spirit in the midst of chaos will be spoken of for generations to come.  They were taken from us before their time…but no matter how much it pains me, how much their non-existence breaks my heart–they will NEVER BE FORGOTTEN

Bless all the families that where affected on September, 11th 2011–and keep our men/women who are fighting overseas safe and bring them back home.

A poem of remembrance:

In Remembrance

A flag of honor, a flag for reflection
It stands for us all uniting this nation.
It will keep in our minds this tragic day,
Memories of such heroic acts shall not go away.

As we look on this flag of cloth and thread,
A field of bright red for the blood that was shed.
Not just on this day of lasting memories,
But for lives that were given throughout history.

Two towers of strength that rose up so high,
Reaching for dreams, they stretched to the sky.
They lay now in ruin at the hands of hate,
Great symbols of our nation have met this fate.

Our nation’s military housed in a fortress of steel;
We’re reminded this day that war is so real.
Hitting the heart of our power and might,
Rise up America, this terror we must fight!

Stars that shine on a field of bright blue,
Remind us of heroes with hearts so true.
An ordinary day, it had started out to be,
Soon their lives would be given for you and me.

A circle is drawn to stand for our nation’s unity,
A nation coming together through such tragedy.
A reminder is given for all of America to see,
That our freedom is never really free.

“God Bless America” is written in white,
Make this your prayer each and every night.
God is always with us, He knows our needs
Bring America back to God, should be our decree.

Much was given, many were lost on this day,
A man of terror tried to take our spirit away.
Do not let our new found spirit and unity fade,
As you look on this flag, remember this day …

By: © Lt. Tom Robinson, Wilmington, NC Firefighter