We live in a time of change because that is the nature of life. That is the nature of history. The rev Dr, Martin King jr says “There is nothing as tragic as sleeping through a revolution.” Ask yourself have you ever slept through a revolution or moment of change? If so, why?
Then ask yourself have you ever had a gut feeling? A reoccurring thought or intuition that you wanted your life to go in a different direction? That you needed to do something different or better? That you are tired of going nowhere. Well this gut feeling, reoccurring thought, or intuition is what my brother Ajani Kamara calls a personal moment in change. He explains that it is a moment in which you can make a conscience choice to change whatever aspect of your life you want but to do this you have to create a spark of initiative. You have to grab at what you want like a pit bull. If you don’t it won’t happen for you.
You see, people fail to seize their moment of change because of trepidation, old habits, attachment external pressure and a lack of belief in themselves. Not believing in yourself is a deathblow to self-confidence because confidence is what gives you the courage to believe and trust in your inner resources (your mind ,your body, and your spirit). The desire to want something better for yourself has to be stronger than your attitude of self-defeat and all your excuses. Simply saying “I don’t care” or “I don’t give a damn” is nothing more than complacency and complacency is an impediment to growth, development, creativity, innovation, and initiative. In fact it is nothing more than giving up. A moment of change acts as an internal compass that points what’s going to elevate you. It can create a profound shift in your prospective, your attitude, your conciseness and in your spirit.
To take advantage of your moment of change when you recognise it, you need to be present, focused, determined and resolved and you need to be driven in your quest.
Being consistent and persistent builds the attitude to succeed. A moment of change can come as quick as the speed of light or it can move slow at a snail’s pace but it will come and when it does its decision time.
What will you do? Will you be ready? Will you recoil? Will you capitulate? Or will you move forward and seize the moment.
Steve Champion (Adisa Kamara)
Death Row San Quentin
Poetry, writing & Lessons in Life from San Quentin death row