March 22nd, 2011

Tyler Perry

XM radio broadcasted a rerun of the Oprah Show with Tyler Perry as the guest recently which prompted me to read more about him. Born into poverty and experiencing a childhood scarred by abuse Tyler fought from a young age to find the strength, faith and perserverance that would later form the foundations of his much-acclaimed plays, films, books and TV shows. It was clear to me how genuine and also the depth of this man as I listened to him speak and cry. He shared an inspirational quote which speaks to me – The thoughts you feed grow…the ones you starve will not. Tyler Perry you have done good!

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A poem of inspiration

Jesus dreamt
Of a world
Of one
Global family
Each person
Relationship
Friendship
And blood family
Being a gift
From his Abba
Attempting to
Overcome the
Barriers of
Race, colour,
Sex and creed.
Locally we
Come together
With our individualities
Our languages
And cultures

Separate and distinct….
But there are
The obstacles
Of not knowing
Each other
And therefore
Experiencing a degree
Of unsureness
And fear.
We pass different ones
Sometimes as shadows …
Each of us
So tends to
Be centred on self
And yet how
We hunger for
Change, conversion
Of our hearts
And minds.

— adapted from a poem
by T. McKillop