Here is what we will cover this month:
- Begin a discussion on racism.
- A Chesapeake commercial
Let’s Start a Discussion
For at least the next two months I plan on discussing racism. It is an uncomfortable topic for me and given my druthers I would be more comfortable ignoring it – perhaps it will just go away. Don’t we all wish! My new book, “Don’t Do Anything Stupid, A White Man’s Guide to Racial Harmony,” is complete and we have already sold out the first printing. Sometime this month we will have an official book launch and the book will then be available on Amazon and other bookstores. Currently you can only get it from Chesapeake Consulting. It is $18 per copy and that includes shipping to anywhere in continental US. To get a copy can respond to this email and give us your mailing address.
Racism is evil. It is an issue of spiritual warfare and thus cannot be overcome with a secular mindset. Putting the spotlight on men and women of honor who offer wisdom and words of encouragement for us all is a path I choose to travel on this blog. We need words that encourage us to do the right thing – to get our heads and hearts right. There are no magic pills. We all need to keep moving in a positive direction and making positive changes and interventions.
I live in a neighborhood that is about 40% black. It is an upper middleclass neighborhood where most residents are college graduates (mostly University of Alabama fans thank heavens). Each morning, Willow (our two-year-old German shepherd) and I go walking through the neighborhood and the adjacent golf course. Earlier this year, I ran into a middle-aged man who walked like he was on a mission. Kerry Stevenson later told me he had lost sixty pounds with his walking routine. He is currently an assistant football coach at the University of Tennessee and prior to that he had worked as an assistant under Nick Saban at Alabama. Kerry has a master’s degree in mathematics and has been an educator all his life. We learned that we had some common friends and some common interest, so we spent a lot of time shooting the breeze. He is also a poet and is author of “Inspirations in Life” a book of poems he wrote that were inspired by faith, family, friends and football. I am going to start this series off by putting in Kerry’s poem, “What Color?” Kerry is one of those wise men I referenced.
“What Color? The person that comes to lend a hand.
Does it matter? If they care or if they understand.
A child doesn’t judge people on color, you see.
It doesn’t matter whether or not you’re the same color as me.
God make all His creation, and He said it was good.
Did He mention a color? Use His example, we should.
The dream is still alive and should come from within.
The content of my character, not the color of my skin.
What color are you? Is it the color of love?
Let’s use the example that was sent from above.
What color? To treat everyone the way that God treats you.
To love and forgive should be easy for us to do.
How do you make me feel? Does it depend on my shade?
And the color of my skin, shouldn’t make you afraid.
What color? All that’s in Heaven’s hands shall be right.
Brothers and sisters praising, no color is in sight.
What color? Our aim here on earth should be,
To love and respect all, the truth sets us free.
What color? On God, we should all still depend.
His perfect love is the same with the differences of skin.
Tone, shade or color is not where it begins.
But we should all learn to live with the skin that we’re in.
Do a self-evaluation, watch the kids, they will show.
How do you treat me and make me feel? What color, you know?”
Most of Kerry’s poems are inspired by an event. This poem was inspired when Alabama’s national championship football team was to travel to visit President Trump in the White House. Some of the players had apprehension so Kerry came up with this poem.
- Bad company corrupts good character.
- The company you keep is essential for the health of your faith. This is why fellowship and gathering have been so important throughout history. People who can support you in the highs and lows of life and who can affirm your faith will ensure you are able to stand in the trials that will surely come.
- Sow a thought, reap an action. Sow an action reap a habit. Sow a habit reap a destiny. John Maxwell
- The man who concentrates on the root system of his life is going to bear fruit upward, but if he concentrates on the eye-appealing foliage he may end up a rootless failure. Robert Foster
- Being successful is not necessarily defined by what you’ve achieved, but by what you’ve endured. Chris Hodges
- It seems as if nature had given the dog to man for his defense and pleasure; it is of all animals the most faithful; it is the best possible friend of man. Voltaire
- The reality is you will never get much done unless you do it before you are ready. John Maxwell.
- Smart people are patient; they will be honored if they ignore insults. Proverbs 19:11
- Love looks past the behavior to the pain in one’s life. Chris Hodges
- If we do not quit, we win.
- Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. James 1:19
- Nobody achieves anything great by giving the minimum. John Maxwell
- A truly wise person uses few words; a person with understanding is even tempered. Even fools are thought wise when they keep silent; with their mouths shut, they seem intelligent. Proverbs 17:27-28
- The relationships we form with our dogs teach us an earthy wisdom about living in the world. The Monks of the New Skeet
What is going on at Chesapeake?
Two incidents have intersected to help and inspire us to provide an improved delivery system for our services. One of course is the COVID mess and the other is not being able to go into the prison since March to do our teaching on leadership development. My small role within the prison has been to teach a leadership development course each semester based on one of my books. Once it became apparent that we were not going to be able to show up in person we looked at an alternative way to do this. What we are doing (and we are already ½ done with one book) is for me to do a video, in a Ted Talk format, on each lesson. In the video I add depth and additional insight into the topic the lesson is discussing – plus we will also have a little fun.
We plan to do that for each of my books that address leadership and improvement. Each book will be 12-15 lessons designed to be one to one and a half hours in duration; no more than 30 minutes of that being video. Each student also has a copy of the book and a workbook. The idea is for the group to have a discussion around the topic. If you want a live facilitation, we could either do that in person or via zoom for an additional fee. Pricing will be $150 per person per book and that includes access to all the videos for that book. Let’s say you have ten staff members you would like to add value to. For only $1500, for all ten, you can give them at least three months of leadership development training at a frequency of once per week. Of course, I am biased – but that is a smoking deal.
If you are interested and would like a couple of video samples, shoot me an e-mail and I will send them to you.
Have a great Fall and stay safe!