It was a dusky night on April 20th, 2022, when I got my latest reminder of the fragility of life with the uncomfortable truth that we exist here. Only on a guarantee of borrowed time.
On this day a young man pulled a gun out on me and I saw my life flash.
I kept my distance and recall that I saw nothing in his eyes, but I could feel that conflict and hopelessness in his spirit.
He looked to be in his late teens to early 20’s and he wielded this big ass Robocop type gun.
I walked up while he was in the act of commissioning another crime in the parking lot of a pharmacy in Northeast Baltimore.
(Sidenote/fact: Earth is the most dangerous place in the Solar System)
But as I called out to God, life flashed and my heart raced.
I thought about my Family, everyone of em’ they do call me the Ancestor Whisper after all.
Remembering that I had mentioned my late Uncle Calvin on Episode 26 of my podcast last week, about how he told me once:
“… you got them hands on you nephew, our people are gonna need what you we got to give you. These stories gotta be told, there is a lot of love in our family that can teach the world something.”Taken from The Origin Point
I was afraid that it was the final scene for me, right there where I stood.
Now, I read recently that some of the most advanced supercomputers can make over 200,000 trillion calculations in a single second.
I know that I did double that amount, but it was this “data” in the form of prayers to the Almighty… a grace that extends from ethereal places.
In short, I did what my Father always told me:
“Keep the faith Youngblood.”
In retrospect, I must have had my Pops hands on me… because I when I instinctly said to the young man:
“Please Youngblood, I’ve got work to do, don’t do this.”
I put my hands out in front of me and offered my keys while demostrating that I wasn’t a threat.
It would seem that I was channeling my older brother who is a Chicago Cop, as I thought of what he would do in this situation.
Interestingly enough, upon using my Pops signature word “youngblood” the young man lowered the gun and moved away.
I slid into my car in the interim and drove off, driving backwards down an alley and in my panic, up a section of a one way street to escape.
The epiphany or lesson
Life is fragile, but the most consistent force?
God is good all the time and all the time God is good.
It would seem that we are under attack by forces that we refuse to comprehend.
History repeats, especially in families.
Let it be understood and never understated.
We can’t arrest or legislate our way out of an issue that stems from a crucial understanding of the human spirit and HOW we choose to address it as a society will be critical.
We pledge fealty to politicans, guns, public figures and things that don’t matter, but it starts at the family level.
We have to be better than this omnipresent ugly of our own inhumanity.
Before it is too late.
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