Monday, November 25, 2013

Everyday Struggle

Death is easy and life is hard 
Hard to fathom such an illogical part 
Because mentally I’m not ready to live in this mentality 
I’m emotionally flawed like original sin 
Always cursed to live another hustling binge 
While constantly being shuttled like cattle 
Treated like sheep 
With every lie told I weep 
When will we awaken from this long sleep? 
Living every day like a hustle 
Another world is cut off 
In the everyday struggle 
Tony L. Jefferson, Jr. 2013 

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Never Got to Say Goodbye (For my Sister)

A beautiful soul 
So lovely a lady 
Gone from the world 
But not from my heart 
These words I speak 
Your ear will never hear 
Tragedy struck at so young an age 
My anger runs deep 
Rage burns within 
So beautiful your soul 
Now floats above 
My hearts in pieces 
I cried that day 
First time in awhile 
For a moment I was you 
Enduring the struggle 
Shedding the tears 
Feeling the pain 
As the time grew short 
Your last breath was drawn 
Peace replaced the fear in your eyes 
Your tortured soul released from its earthbound prison 
Memories I hold both good and bad 
Will remain with me for eternity 
Your soul finally resting 
My rage is subsiding 
Words never said to your living ear 
I feel your spirit listening 
Forever with me you will remain 
My beautiful sister 
Katesia Marshae Weathers 
(Sept 14, 1980- Oct 27, 2007) 
I love you 

Tony L. Jefferson, Jr. 2008

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Empower Yourself Daily

Empower Yourself Daily
  • ·         Your body loses water while you sleep, so you’re naturally dehydrated in the morning. It slows you down--so make it a habit of drinking up, one big glass first thing in the a.m. 
    ·         Define your "top 3" every morning, the most important tasks you'll complete that day. Prioritize those above everything. 
    ·         Solo-task and do more and faster by working in 50/10 increments. Use a timer to work for 50 minutes on only one important task, with 10-minute breaks in between. 
    ·         Regular movement keeps us healthy and alert. It boosts energy and mood and relieves stress. Get it out of the way first thing in the morning--and benefit all day. 
    ·         Gratitude begets happiness, so keep a gratitude journal. Every morning, write out at least five things you're thankful for. In times of stress, make it 10. 
    ·         Bring closure to your day through 10 minutes of reflection on what went well today, and how to do more of it. 

    Tony L. Jefferson, Jr. 2013 

Monday, November 11, 2013

Happy Veterans Day

As you look out on the horizon and as the sun is getting low in the sky. Know that somewhere a single tear has fallen, a single rose was bought; with all of these emotions, we’re all connected in some way. Time is infinite and it goes on regardless of what life burdens you with, it’s up to you to use the time you have to make strides to be better. Although time is infinite, yours isn't on earth, so each second is precious and each second can mean the difference in your life and lives affected unbeknownst to you. Your troubles, whatever they may be are yours to bear, never compare your situation to the next, even if they seem to mirror one another, they aren't the same. 
Today is Veterans Day and I am honored to have served my country, I’m proud of my service and what the military has done for me and my family. Looking deep into this day past the pageantry, the parades and the freebies and discounts. Even looking past the smiles, handshakes, tears, and celebrations or mourning of lives lived and lost, we must address certain things that trouble vets and their families. Two important issues that need more attention, and not just a simple legislative write off are poverty and the mind state of vets due to combat and other horrors faced upon arriving back home. The latter, when left untreated, is a hard road traveled, the feeling likened to sitting in a dark corner, alone with images of horrific things being played before you every single day of your life. 
Poverty stretches the bounds of society, this disease spreads when problems are patched and not actually fixed. Patching an old bridge doesn't stop the whole structure from toppling when enough weight is upon it. When the weight of capitalism piles upon the middle class and the already poor it adds more strain and soon the whole system collapses leaving many lives destroyed. Instead of actually fixing it, we patch it with social assistance, tax breaks and other incentives that trick citizens into thinking they are better off, but it’s only a temporary patch. Veterans fight to protect the interest of those that will just ignore them when they no longer serve. 
The problems can no longer be ignored as the bridge is starting to crumble and no one has a solution to a problem that has plagued us for decades. One this Veterans Day remember lives and lives lost but become an advocate for change. Until enough voices become actions we’ll continue to mask the problems faced on a daily and one day that bridge will come crashing down. 
Tony L. Jefferson, Jr. 2013