I wrote a book back in 2015. Somewhere abouts (sic) 2003 I came up with a title – Knowledge for the Next Time: How to Use Monday’s Trials to Relieve Tuesday’s Tribulations. At the time, it occurred to me that we (and by ‘we’ I mean ‘me’ … and a bunch of other folks that I have mentored and taught, etc., over the years) have a hard time learning from our collective experiences. We make similar mistakes over and over again. Then we lament over why things don’t happen quite the way we want them to happen. Said a different way – why things don’t CHANGE?! If PATIENCE is counterintuitive, then CHANGE is…
With that as a backdrop, I lived 2004 and 2005 and all the way up to 2015. And then my spirit said, “I can’t wait any longer!!!”, and it spit out this book. I was right here in my office. And after 3 months of intense manuscripting (sic) and re-manuscripting (getting worse), I was finally done. Perfect Imperfection! My first ready-to-print book. Wow! Amazing!! But, of course, my spirit brain was not done. I also wrote a manuscript – The Aechen Project. It was kind of like “Limitless” (with Bradley Cooper) or “Lucy” (with Lucy Liu) meets Boys in the Hood (written and directed by the late John Singleton). Underprivileged, inner-city kids, recruited into a program that teaches them to unlock their full brain potential. However, unlike Limitless or Lucy, there is no enhancement drug. At the heart of this amazing transformational process is something called the – improvement function. An actual formula that baselines an individuals current potential, and then reinforces their individual growth in several categories of human dynamic. I call it – Educational Neuroscience … and “unblocking.”
No. I’m not crazy. When I was in law school I created an academic scholarship called the Improvement Scholarship. A merit-based scholarship that rewards students who improved their GAP the most, semester over semester. Yep. I ran it by the Dean of Sudents, he loved it, instructed Admissions to spit out the top three Sophomores who fit my criteria, and I awarded each of them anywhere from $300 to $500 depending on how much money I was able to raise. What happened was, these students (who, more often than not, started their Freshman year with a relatively low GPA) were sharing a stage at an awards ceremony with other students with GAPs of 3.5, 3.7, even 4.0s. And the look on their faces when they received THEIR award, and THEIR recognition, and THEIR encouragement – that stuck with me. And so that became the basis for my book and my Original Screenplay!
But I wasn’t done. Of course, there was more. In one weekend, sitting in my living room, driving my wife crazy, I mapped out an entire ecosystem of books and manuscripts and even an opera, smh. Ten books; knowledge, wisdom, understanding, and time. Three each and one, respectively. My quote on the back of my book reads:
“Knowledge is the self that has command of an experience. Wisdom is the self that has learned to be shrewd with one’s knowledge. Understanding is selfless.” – K. Prince
And “time,” I like to think, is the great equalizer. In time, all things are revealed. However, even in the short-term, a basket of circumstances can change in an instant. Just turn off all the lights in your home and try to navigate it with your eyes closed the way you have with the light on and your eyes open … all these years. Or something else more challenging, if you can do that with no problem, lol. You get the point. That life changing event is just a phone call or finger snap away!
I was supposed to publish Vol. 2 by the end of last year. Life happened … here I am, still Vol. 2’less. But then I found NAIWE. And somehow, I think everything still does happen for a reason. As a fellow writer, you know that you pour your heart and soul into these things … these simple words, that build simple thoughts, that become inspiration. So, I have donated some of my simple words here. To this craft. To this thing we love. Nothing to do with taxes, lol. My Creative Need!