“Remember where you came from.”

“Remember where you came from” that phrase echoed through my ears as I pondered on the last words my father said to me. As a child, I had the preconceived notion that due to what was said about him then those conversations must have been true. Today as I look back boy was I wrong! I get it when people fail society views them as outcasts who can’t seem to get their life together. I picked up the phone and called my father and to his surprise he was happy to have me calling. I heard him out on why he wasn’t there financially, and to clue in on that the lack of support was not a lack rather there was always love there but to move from his family where he was loved to the States where he tried to find love, that was the missing puzzle. The thing is people can berate him here in America and judge him, but realize there is no right in human judgement. He accomplished getting his citizenship as well as learning English fluently and those are accomplishments. Looking at both my mother and father I can see myself having the temperament of my dad, mellow and easy going. He may not be considered “successful” in a society that has shamed individuals for “failing” society’s ways. Society tells us money is everything and he was always a hard worker and his reasoning of going back to his country is one in which I now understand. At this present moment, placing my pride and ego aside he is a humble person who valued the one thing we all forget to do which is to love even our enemies.

Matthew 5:43-48 43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor[a] and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46 If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? 47 And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? 48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”

With these written words, I hope to encourage people that even though we are told something there are always various sides of the missing puzzle pieces. Until one fathoms the conscious mind that is when the mind can open to new experiences that have never been discovered.

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