Moons ago, I couldn’t see the forest for the trees.
I was heavy with the “ride or die” movement and carrying a team thicker than any late 1990s rap entourage.
Loyalty was the name of the game and I was in.
Deep through my heritage and culture, it is understood that you leave no one behind.
So, as I traversed my journey, I took every Tom, Dick, Harry, Sally, and Sue Ellen with me.
Years would go by and never once did I question my inability to…
- Free myself from the heroes cape, starving to save anyone who would let me
- Recognize my insecure feelings on celebrating any good fortune that found my way
- Discern the foul, discouraging, hurt birds that were there for the spoils but never the losses
- Question the content and inconsistencies that I deemed worthy of acceptance
Then it happened. Somewhere in Graduate School, I no longer had the capacity to carry another.
Not another soul, opinion, direction, etc.etc.etc.
God had occupied my mind and vision with all that he had for me to the point that loyalty was directed towards Him, towards me.
If this were Flight School, attendance was slim.
The life that was once standing room only like a college club on Thursday nights…became wide open and free. For those who loved what I stood for, loved what I had, or just loved standing next to me had to flee.
There was no more room inside of me for loyalty greater than we (me and He or HIM, the GREAT I AM).
Enter those who understood my transition and had flown a very similar path.
Some, where veteran characters in my cast who stood the test of life and changes. Others were new characters that would stay for a season, a spell, or remain for the duration.
Funny thing about Eagles, they do not clutter or cling to another.
They cross paths at the right time but when their assignments are doled out, it’s understood that the mission is great.
I stand here today, thankful, blessed, and bright-eyed reflecting over the fellow Eagles I have collaborated, shared, inspired, or learned from during different levels of flight school.
You are only as good as your faith, attitude, and team.
It took time and travail, but my fellow Eagles and I are soaring even higher through the sky these days.