Some thoughts – My SOTU Address

27 Jan

Life’s difficult right? Bad decisions, regrets?
I’m going to depart from the regular posts here at Stone Street and I’m going to address everyone – the friends, the haters and the skeptics. I take things personally, I’ve never hidden that fact. This week – nay, this month is a time that is difficult for me and a few others. Some of you will mock this – some of you will know exactly what I mean; that’s ok.

This article was on my mind after going through the archives: “On Unemployment And The Social Divide” [link]
Another thing that was on my mind tonight that conveys my thoughts, from a dear friend who I hold in high regard:

“To paraphrase that Elvis Costello tune “What’s So Funny ’bout Peace, Love, and Understanding?” I think a good rework for Wall Street might be “What’s So Funny about Honesty and Integrity?”

(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love And Understanding

As I walk through

This wicked world

Searchin’ for light in the darkness of insanity.

I ask myself

Is all hope lost? Is there only pain and hatred, and misery?
And each time I feel like this inside,

There’s one thing I wanna know: What’s so funny ’bout peace love & understanding? Ohhhh

What’s so funny ’bout peace love & understanding?
And as I walked on

Through troubled times

My spirit gets so downhearted sometimes

So where are the strong And who are the trusted?And where is the harmony?Sweet harmony.

‘Cause each time I feel it slippin’ away, just makes me wanna cry.What’s so funny ’bout peace love & understanding? Ohhhh

What’s so funny ’bout peace love & understanding?

Here’s another, one specifically that has kept me semi sane throughout these past three years and I hope that for people that you feel that you are at the end of your rope, that it’s not the end – something better is coming along. I am a person of religion, although I’ve never shown it until now:

(Marvin Sapp – He Has His Hands On You, emphasis mine)

He sees the tears you cry He shares your pain inside

And sometimes you wonder why He allows you to go through what you go through Just know he has his hands on you

Your days are filled with dark clouds Even when the sun is out

And from the top of your lungs you shout will there ever be a change, what shall I do!

Just know he has his hands on you

He has his hands on you He says He’ll see you through When you cry He’s holding you So just lift your hands up high For he will provide

Just know he has his hands on you

Sometimes you feel so alone like a child lost with no home. They keep telling you to be strong But you say when will it end? When will I win?

But just know He has His hands on you He has his hands on you

He says He’ll see you through. When you cry He’s holding you

So just lift your hands up high. For he will provide

Just know he has his hands on you

When times are hard and it seems no one can understand. But it’s in those times that we tend to forget what it means to be in His hands
He has his hands on you

He says He’ll see you through

When you cry He’s holding you

So just lift your hands up high

For he will provide

Just know he has his hands on you

I don’t have the answers, nobody does. The best thing that we can all do is move forward and encourage each other – stop tearing down each other and build each other up. I’m trying to get out of a slump, a hole that feels like one that’s the deepest one straight to the core of the earth. It’s not fun, it’s not easy – and for someone as bullheaded as me, not easy to accept that perhaps I’m wrong or perhaps I maybe really don’t know what’s going on.

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