Archive for January, 2019

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Posted in Black Interests, Black Men In America with tags , on January 14, 2019 by Gary Johnson

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Gary Johnson
Founder & Publisher
Black Men In America.com

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Acts of Kindness

Posted in Black Interests, Kindness with tags on January 13, 2019 by Gary Johnson

Publisher’s NoteThe federal government shutdown is negatively impacting approximately 800,000 federal workers and about 4 million contractors.  People have missed one paycheck and many are having difficulty paying their mortgages, car loans, buying food, medicine and paying for childcare.  The nation’s food supply and air safety are at risk as Food Inspectors and Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) Officers are short staffed and some airport checkpoints have been closed.  If ever there was a time to be kind to one another it is NOW!

Throughout my life I have witnessed and benefited from deliberate and random acts of kindness.  I’ve learned that there are various levels or degrees of kindness.  As a result, I am kind to others and I teach others to be kind, patient, understanding and forgiving.  Kindhearted people can make a significant impact on others and help make our world a better place.  This page is the result of a discussion about kindness.  We want you to share your acts of kindness.  Not sure what to do?  Here are some examples:

  • Be a friend who listens
  • Call or write to a teacher who changed your life
  • Spend quality time with your children, parents or friends
  • Cook a meal for someone
  • Forgive someone a debt–and never bring it up again
  • Help someone do stuff for FREE
  • Leave a generous tip for a pleasant waiter
  • Donate money, clothes or equipment to an organization that helps others
  • Mentor a child or teen
  • Offer change when the person in front of you at the register comes up short
  • Offer to baby-sit for someone for FREE
  • Pay the toll for the driver behind you
  • Say “I love you” to someone you love
  • Say “please” and “thank you”—and really mean it
  • Sincerely say “I’m sorry” when you’re wrong
  • Visit the elderly in a nursing home
  • When you’re on a crowded train or bus, offer your seat to an elderly, disabled or pregnant person

Please click here to share your random or deliberate act of kindnessOr scroll down below and share your act of kindness in the “Comments” section.

The federal government shutdown is negatively impacting approximately 800,000 federal workers and about 4 million contractors. People have missed one paycheck and many are having difficulty paying their mortgages, car loans, buying food, medicine and paying for childcare. The nation’s food supply and air safety are at risk as Food Inspectors and Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) Officers are short staffed and some airport checkpoints have been closed. If ever there was a time to be kind to one another it is NOW! Today, I loaded my snow thrower in my van and cleared the snow out of the driveways of my neighbors who are senior citizens. Another man who doesn’t even live in the neighborhood joined me. Together, we cleared 5 driveways.

Gary Johnson – Founder & Publisher, Black Men In America.com

How to “Take Flight” and Make 2019 a Great Year

Posted in Black Interests, Motivational Moments with tags , on January 1, 2019 by Gary Johnson

Welcome to 2019!  Black Men In America.com Airlines welcomes you to our First Class Travel Program, where we will travel through 2019 with our final destination being the year 2020.  Before you start this journey you must read and acknowledge our “mandatory” pre-flight agreement.  This agreement is written in the form of a pre-flight announcement to make it easy for you to comprehend.

My name is Gary Johnson.  I am the Co-Pilot for this flight.  On behalf of our flight crew let me welcome you to Flight #2020.  Flight #2020 is a direct flight to being the best that you can be in 2019.  Here at Black Men In America.com Airlines we always looking toward the future.

We are concerned about your continued safety and care.  To ensure that we have a comfortable trip, no “baggage” will be allowed on this flight.  We ask that you bring only positive mental energy.  You may use your imagination and follow along as we perform our safety demonstration.

Please make sure that your thoughts and energies are in the secured and upright position at all times.  All self-destructive and self-defeating thoughts and negative behaviors should be turned OFF at this time.

To fasten your seat belt, insert the metal fitting into the buckle and adjust to fit snugly across your lap.  Should you be called to get up and assist others simply lift the buckle release and you will be free to provide assistance.

There are 10 emergency exits, five doors on the left and five doors on right, each marked with a red DO THE RIGHT THING sign overhead.  All doors are equipped with slide rafts. These rafts may be detached in the event that you lose patience or forget how to treat people with dignity and respect.  Please locate the two exits nearest you, keeping in mind that the closest exit may act as your conscious if you haven’t been living “right.”

Please observe the lighted signs until they have been turned off by the Captain. The NO WHINING sign will remain illuminated for the duration of the flight and complaining is prohibited throughout the cabin.

Should we lose altitude during this flight, reach up and pull down a prayer. Prayers will automatically be answered as they are activated by faith.  This means that some prayers will be answered faster than others based on how you’ve exercised your faith, but rest assured, your prayers will be answered.

In the event that we lose altitude or sustain an emergency, this aircraft is equipped with aisle path lighting which is located on the floor in the left and right aisles. Should cabin visibility be impaired, the exit path will be illuminated.  Follow the white lights which will lead you to a pearly gate.  Your name should be on the “Guest List.”  If your name is not on the list, perhaps you have some additional work to do and this incident should serve as a reminder that you need to make better choices or some changes in your life.

The beauty of this flight is that you still have time to take the steps necessary to get your life together and get your name on the “right” list.  You still have to be kind, patient, caring and respectful.  If you are kind, caring and respectful, there’s room for you on this flight.  Kindness and goodness are renewable resources and we will use these resources throughout this flight.

If you choose to behave otherwise, you will see red lights which indicate you have reached your final destination.  You will not have access to an oxygen mask or a life vest.  In other words, you’re DONE!

The Captain (GOD) has cleared us for takeoff.  The choice is yours.  This may be your last chance to decide which direction you’re going to take in your life for 2019 before the cabin doors close.

Thank you for flying with us—destination GREATNESS!

Gary A. Johnson is the Founder & Publisher of Black Men In America.com, a popular online magazine and the Black Men In America.com Blog. Gary is also a management consultant for the federal government and many Fortune 500 companies.  He is the author of the book “25 Things That Really Matter In Life.”  To learn more about Gary click here.

Publisher’s Note:  Thanks to Staceé Lang for planting this idea in my head.

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