One Person Making A Difference In This World
I would like to introduce you to Gloria. I don’t know her age but I think she is about 86. She just recently lost her dog. She has lived in my community for a long time. She used to walk her dog all the time. While she walked her dog around the neighborhood she would pick up trash – discarded cans, bags, napkins – you know all the stuff lazy people including myself just throw in the road or on the grass. Gloria wants to make a difference. She is beautifying America. Now even without her dog she walks the neighborhood – she says for exercise but I know it is bigger than that. I know that she is just one person making a difference in this world. So I am asking us all to take more responsibility in seeing what we are doing to our communities by just throwing trash down.
Director of TBOC
Please – Steal My Ideas
In the past, when I would get an idea I would think it was mine. I would want to keep the idea to myself. I would want credit and be mad if someone else took it. A lot of people feel that way. Recently, I realized that ideas are to be shared. It is a compliment when someone takes your idea and does something with it. For instance, years ago TBOC started holding a Back to School Barbeque in the summer before the kids went back to school. We did this for several years and then suddenly I heard the Apartment Complex management was doing one without collaborating with me. At first I was mad. This was a TBOC idea! Then I reflected on it and realized it was a good thing to develop an idea, do it and then share it. That is the way we can take back our community because no one person or organization can do it all. So please – read about our programming and if you want to implement it in your community – please = steal my ideas.
Director of TBOC
Nip It In The Bud
In our neighborhoods when the unexpected happens to our community and we experience gun violence what should we do? We need to come together to confront the issue at hand.
Last week I got a phone call saying that a young man in my neighborhood got shot. My first reaction -- I couldn’t believe it because he was one of the TBOC children. I saw him grow up. Now he was shot? I was catching a flight the next day and on my way back I was in deep thought and meditating on this situation. How can I keep this from escalating? How can we resist from retaliating? I began to call the old heads to discuss the situation and how we can keep the kids from taking this to the next level. Through these conversations I came up with the idea of holding a TBOC No Retaliation Rally.
I went to speak with the young man’s mother and shared my idea. Her son was all for it and so was she. How these things escalate are though the conversations in the neighborhood and the point of view of the victim themselves. In this case he showed me he was growing into a man that had the potential to be a great leader. I put the word out and over 50 people showed. We discussed the incident and how unfair it was that he got shot. We also discussed as a community how retaliation only leads to more pain.
This is an example of how community can come together to unify, communicate and calm the noise. Every community is responsible for their own. In order for us to really take back our community it starts within. So take care of yours and nip it in the bud.
Director of TBOC