Hello world, if you recall in week two of my column with the Sentinel newspaper, I wrote about two young preteen boys that my dog Muse and I met at a park near my home. I’ve been disappointed because I haven’t found a way to get those young men to read my book (Noesis). The last time I spoke with them they stood meekly on my porch giving me false statements about the content of my book and trying to convince me that they had read every word of every page.
Well, I take heed to comments given to me by you the reader of my column. So thank you, I understand a bit more how inspiration has to be accepted by the person you’re attempting to motivate. Just because my goal in life is to inspire every person on this planet; that doesn’t mean that I’ll captivate the minds and hearts of every person I come into contact with, especially on my first attempt. I’ll embrace this challenge as I’ve done every other task in my life. Fortunately those two young men are not my strongest adversary. “Free Will” is most likely my greatest challenger. One must willingly accept what you are giving them in order for them to grow from your presents.
The Ordeal: Can one even combat “free will”? If so, how? My guess; is positive motivation similar to the fashion in which I am attempting to inspire others, consistently giving in the form of writing, speaking and films.
One reader’s response stated, I might be expecting a bit much from the two young men that I discussed in week two’s column. Possibly they could be right, “BUT” I don’t want to accept the fact that those preteen boys are not ready for the content of my book. So, my spirit compelled me to question myself, and my abilities. With that being said, I’ve decided to continue writing after I’m done with this trilogy (Noesis, Noetic and Noema). My fourth piece will be a version that is easily understood by the preteen population. Again, thank all of you for your comments; your words have inspired new avenues for me to travel.
So back to these young men. Friday evening, my doorbell rings and then the heavy knocking afterwards speeds my pace so as to answer. When I opened the door, there stood two proud looking young African American men. My first statement was, “Hey guys, I’ve been hoping to see you both again. I missed ya’ll.” To my surprise they replied, “We missed you too. We came by a couple times last week but you were not at home”. I didn’t mention the book at all; they asked me if I needed any help around the house or my car washed. Again, I wore that Cheshire cat smile and told them to return Sunday. I guess I didn’t run them off after all and now I’ve got another chance to help them.
I still want them to read my book, so I’ll take any suggestions given to me. Should I sit with them and read certain passages that I think could help them? Should I assign certain sections or pages for them to read and discuss it with them afterwards? What do you think?
Alfonzo Tucker n is an author, poet and inspirational speaker. Visit his website at www.AlfonzoTucker.com.