King David composed these words in a beautiful psalm, tucked within the pages of the Old Testament: (Psalm 25:4-5).
Even as an adult, it’s infuriating, depressing and demeaning all at once.At least not the kind of progress you were expecting. There have been days I’ve felt like one foot was fixed to the floor, while my other foot scurried in every direction.Are the constant appeals of our world pulling you in a million different ways, causing you to question if you’re headed in the right direction? Expending a lot of energy and mental fatigue, but going nowhere. Wouldn’t it be awesome to wake up every morning and be assured you’re on the right path towards your goals?If that is your ambition, you’re not dealing with naysayers, you’re dealing with sane people. But if you have a solid, well-considered life dream that you’re driven to accomplish, you’ll probably want to share it with friends, family and co-workers.You’ll want to come out of the closet with your grandiose dream.But sometimes, our learned defensiveness jumps the gun and what appears to be classic racism may actually be a case of mistaken identity.Have you ever shared your dream with someone, only to have them stomp on it with a few unsupportive words?Socially, it causes us to defend and define our existence out of habit.I’m not a “man in America” but rather a “black man in America,” and the difference is anything but subtle.Some will pat you on the back and say, “GO FOR IT,” but there’s always person who gets off on taking a dump in your happiness sandwich.Do you ever feel like you’re going in circles and not making any progress?