Roll Tide Roll!

When you grow up with a sports fanatic dad and then attend the University of Alabama, you almost have to know something about college football. But as much as I love the football acumen Nick Saban has infused into the storied Alabama program, what I love even more is his leadership. Occasional sideline histrionics aside, Coach Saban has inspired leadership in his organization from the coaching staff, through the alum who excel in the NFL, to the 2017-2018 team vying for a 17th National Championship.

The only thing that makes me happier than seeing Saban disciples lead SEC football programs, is hearing about a leadership decision made by the team veterans who are quick to remind wayward teammates about the “Alabama way” of doing things.

I’ll be watching my Crimson Tide tonight and looking for leadership, discipline, determination…and a win!

Roll Tide!

“The most difficult part of my job as the head coach is not designing a blitz defense that will work against an opponent; nor is it navigating the vicious world of recruiting. My toughest job? Being a leader.” ~ Nick Saban

Inhale Excellence, Exhale Complacency…
Inhale Relentlessness, Exhale Relenting…
Inhale Perseverance, Exhale Giving Up…
Just Breathe


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American Rights

I spent the entirety of my last visit to the National Museum of African American History and Culture in the art gallery on the 4th level. The relentless nature of racism so palpable throughout the museum is present in this space as the catalyst for uniquely American art.

The piece that haunted me, “Increase Risk with Emotional Faith” by Kevin Cole, looks innocuous enough: wide, colorful ties intertwined in a haphazard even whimsical fashion. But the chilling inspiration for the piece was the artist’s grandfather’s story of a lynching tree in Tarry, Arkansas and the memories of black men, lynched for trying to vote, their ties wrapped around the noose as a warning to other black men.

Especially in the states of the confederacy, people of color fought and died for the right to vote in this country. I pray it’s a right we take advantage of before it is lost to all Americans.

“You have to tend to this garden of democracy, otherwise things can fall apart fairly quickly. And we’ve seen societies where that happens…so pay attention and vote.” ~ President Barack Obama

Inhale Commitment, Exhale Complacency…
Inhale Vigilance, Exhale Complacency…
Inhale Action, Exhale Complacency…
Just Breathe

Reflections with Renita

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Freedom to Protest

A young activist recently thanked me for publically recognizing the service of those who protest America. I believe there is nothing more American than protest; after all, going back to the Original American Protest, the Boston Tea Party, protest has been the means through which Americans have demanded change.

Protesters, like Colin Kaepernick, serve America by reminding us to live up to our ideals of Freedom, Equality and Justice. They too are patriots.

“There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.” ~ Elie Wiesel

Inhale Resistance, Exhale Status Quo…
Inhale Activism, Exhale Complacency…
Inhale Protest, Exhale Powerlessness…
Just Breathe

Reflections With Renita

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