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The Greatest Enemy of Black America: Low Expectations and Pity Brought to You by the Democratic Party

No one can be powerful and free, while living in the cloak of victimhood.

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Despite the narrative of the past year blaming and shaming Whites, “structural racism,” and “legacies of slavery” for the condition of Black Americans, I’m dumbfounded by the deafening silence on such issues as Black on Black violence and fatherless households within Black America.

The lack of outrage is most noticeable from those that use guilt, shame and pity as political tactics to continue to make Black Americans believe they are sick and needy to maintain a political base, gain votes and turn away any sense of responsibility from within the Black community itself. Turning one’s back on responsibility is giving up control. Giving up control is ceding power.

Those being blamed and shamed, merely for being born white are guilted and shamed into trying to understand and apologizing without room for sensible discussion or thought. This blame culture creates bitterness and separation. The blame culture reveals the lack of accountability, leadership, and standards within the Black community. No one can be powerful and free, while living in the cloak of victimhood.

Progress begins from within. Until that truth is embraced by Black America, the progress they are hoping for will be dictated by those whose primary aim is to keep Black America waiting for a savior that will never come. Hope is the great enabler.

Greatness, mediocrity and misery all begin and end with individuals being responsible for their own actions and behaviors and holding those around them to the same standards. These values aren’t the monopoly of one race or ethnic group. These are basic human values. Living by these values is a choice, as is not living by these values.

Strong communities are merely masses of individuals that share and act on high standards and do not tolerate those that choose to reject those standards.

Adhering to high standards isn’t a sometimes thing, done for convenience sake. That is the behavior of the morally and spiritually weak. What you accept, tolerate and expect multiplies.

No election, no politician, no law, no amount of guilting, blaming and shaming will change hearts and minds, or the direction of an individual’s life for the better.

Celebrities, athletes, coaches and other so called “leaders” write and speak about individuals creating their own paths, working hard, fighting through obstacles and taking personal responsibility, but won’t hold a community to those same standards for fear of losing fans. Instead, these individuals will lower those standards for a community and attempt to justify behaviors and actions (or ignore them) that lead to failure. The moral high ground is a shaky place to stand when you pick and choose what to stand for.

Black Americans have contributed greatly to our nation, but their voices have been hijacked by a loud minority demanding more from others, than from themselves. The pace of real progress will be slow until those whose understanding is sought see that personal responsibility and accountability are the norm and not the exception.

Our system rewards individuals that work through the good, the bad and the horrible. Fairness is not a law of nature and can only be brought up so many times before those with sympathy tire of it and demand an evolution in mindset. In other words, your work ethic, effort and mindset should match the weight of the goals you choose to put before you.

It is time to take a stand and choose a side. The weak enable the weak and know only fear, shame and defeat. The strong win, period.

“He who walks with wise men will be wise, But the companion of fools will suffer harm.”

Proverbs 13:20

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Ted is currently a Homicide Investigator in a major metropolitan law enforcement agency. He served two tours of duty in Iraq with the United States Army National Guard as an Infantryman and worked as a private contractor providing security for American diplomats in Iraq.



 
 
 

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21 Ways That People with Work-life Balance Are Different from Others (Part 3)

Even in our fast-paced society, slowing down is continually attainable

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Here is the final set of seven ways the people who have attained work-life balance set themselves apart from the rest:

15) The typical person is easily distracted by daily noise and interruptions. Those with work-life balance monitor and manage their personal space to minimize distractions.
* carry ear plugs
* sound proof your workspace
* find alternative work locations and spaces, such as a picnic table or park bench * visit www.yogasleep.com

16) The typical person focuses on finishing the workday in order to drop back and relax. Those with work-life balance are productive at work and have a life for the rest of the day after work.
* leave work at a reasonable hour
* reduce TV watching and web surfing
* employ your den as a mini-gym
* engage in invigorating leisure

17) The typical person engages in inactive leisure, i.e. watching TV, web surfing. Those with work-life balance employ leisure for novel experiences, learning, and physical activity.
* live closer, not farther from work
* rediscover hobbies
* join group activities
* peruse local event notices and attend

18) The typical person intermittently invests in his or her own well-being. Those with work-life balance strategically purchase goods and services that support their well-being.
* buy in multiples when all supplies will eventually be used up
* make strategic purchases…
* if it saves one hour a week
* if it takes up little space, is portable, expandable, flexible, can be traded in

19) The typical person longs for the good old days when the pace of life was slower. Those with work-life balance recognize that even in our fast-paced society, slowing down is continually attainable.
* acknowledge and accept the world as it is
* seek to change aspects of your personal environment over which you have control
* consider the 80-20 rule and ignore low-payoff tasks and activities
* emulate the role models in your industry, organization, or profession

20) The typical person over-collects work-life balance tips hoping that such information will rub off on them. Those who have work-life balance ingest the insights of others, and ultimately follow the beat of their own drum.
* put what you learn into motion
* adopt new behaviors until they become habits
* establish new personal systems
* develop rewarding rituals

21) The typical parent passes their hectic lifestyle on to their children. Those who have it teach their children what is needed to continually experience work-life balance
* remember: children learn most from observation
* exhibit behaviors that you want them to emulate
* include them in activities, ask for their opinion
* act accordingly: actions speak louder than words

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21 Ways That People with Work-life Balance Are Different from Others (Part 2)

Those with work-life balance regard periodic breaks as vital to their high productivity

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Here are the middle seven tip as to how people with Work-life Balance are different from others:

8) The typical person is resigned to a state of “too much to do, not enough time to do it.” Those with work-life balance establish clear priorities, support them, and assemble resources to accomplish their objectives.
* establish life priorities and pursue them daily
* devise goals – quantified, reachable, and written down – that support your priorities
* tap unused staff skills by re-reading resumes and job applications
* retain extra help for domestic and professional tasks via Craigslist, neighborhood flyers

9) The typical person multitasks, thinking that this is essential to get more done in less time. Those with work-life balance focus on the task at hand and accomplish more in less time.
* avoid articles that imply multitasking is okay and even preferable
* secure the quiet space needed to do your best work
* master the art of doing one thing at a time
* concentrate on the current task and take appropriate breaks at timed intervals

10) The typical person thinks achieving work-life balance requires complex tools and sophisticated techniques. Those with work-life balance find that simple approaches work best.
* employ a few, selected apps that are useful for you
* place post-it pads, and reminders in key locations
* benefit in many ways from using clock timers
* hang wall charts

11) The typical person believes that greater responsibilities diminish the chances of achieving work-life balance. Those who have it do not allow such thoughts to impede their progress.
* recognize that greater responsibility merits greater leisure investment
* re-invest some of your new found earnings
* anticipate the challenges, and
* strategize accordingly

12) The typical person worries that taking periodic breaks might be seen as shirking their work. Those with work-life balance regard periodic breaks as vital to their high productivity.
* rise from your seat at least every 20 minutes, which is required for good health * stand, walk, or stretch whenever you feel the need
* refocus your vision with the 20-20-20 technique
* drink water and head-off hydration problems

13) The typical person, when falling behind, wants to catch up all at once. Those with work-life balance seldom fall behind and, if they do, they avoid crash catch-up efforts.
* practice checkbook management
* watch your weight
* sleep, shower, and renew
* get help with yard work or whatever you prefer to not do

14) The typical person feels driven by external forces to race through the day. Those with work-life balance acknowledge that their own habits are the primary force in achieving WLB.

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