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January 14th
By Alfonzo Tucker (Columnist)
Published January 8, 2009

Hello word, welcome to the first month of 2009! I write to you from my favorite chair with dark wooden arm rests and auburn leopard upholstery. At this very moment, my beloved chair is truly the most peaceful place on this planet. I wish all who read these words know of or have a place that brings you as much bliss.

The month of January has a great deal of significance. Many of you may already know that President Lincoln declared on January 1, 1861 that slavery was unlawful in all confederate states. Just two years after that, again on January 1st, President Lincoln signed the "Emancipation Proclamation" which legally ended slavery within the United States. Now this coming January 20th, a man of multiracial heritage, with his father being from Kenya and his mother Caucasian will become the first recognized man of color as President of the United States of America (again I say welcome to the first month of 2009).

For the past seventeen years, January has been a precious month for me. During this time I set my goals for the year and dream of life after accomplishing them! In 1991 while living at 1853 Ashcroft in Clovis, Ca with my foster family, amid major anxiety, I would anticipate the door bell ringing, yet have no real reason for alarm. While living with my biological father just months prior, I was unsure of anyone's presence at my front door (friend or foe). Mike Darling (my foster father), told me that my only obligations were to attend school and practice. So that January I pledged to complete high school and earn an athletic scholarship to college.  

My question this week should offer you a moment of self-reflection? What significance has the month of January, or any month offered you through out the years? Everyone has memories and some of them may not be the most pleasant yet through those times we can all find something that has brought us enlightenment. Now within that self- reflection, have you allowed adverse situations to limit your progress or have you used certain moments to elevate yourself in the most positive sense?

Unfortunately, Thomas (my biological father) suffers from an addiction to drugs. His afflictions have brought great distance between us. I rarely speak with him and often wonder if he is alive or well. If I have not completed the goals set for myself during the previous January and uncertainty creeps into my thoughts: I always think of a certain day and it usually brings my plight into perspective, that day is January 14, the birthday of my biological father.

I aspire to inspire every person on this planet! Perhaps that goal is too huge to be accomplished during my lifetime. Be that true or not, while I have life in me, each January I become stronger both mentally and physically thus making my goals more feasible. Thank you for reading, and I hope you find within yourselves the energy that drives you.

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