“Let the redeemed of the Lord tell their story—” Psalm 107:2
Not everyone has a desire to write their autobiography, but I do.
In fact, I have been wanting to write my autobiography since I was
in high school—when I really had no reason to write one at all. Many
years have passed since those days –forty plus—and I am much more
prepared to write my life story to share with the world.
What do I want to achieve? In the end, I hope to achieve a sense of
direction and hope for every kind of people in the world. Yes, when I
wrote those words, the song by Robert Palmer did come to mind. In fact,
I played it on YouTube to set the mood. If one were to listen to the
words, they would realize how relevant they are today—a source of unity…
love’s the only goal that could bring peace to any soul. Red and yellow,
black, and white –they are precious in His sight. No wait, the second line
was a song I learned in Sunday school, long before I knew of Robert Palmer.
Jesus, the Son of God taught the same lesson as well—centuries ago.
Why am I going on this journey in the first place? Because I can. When my
father decided to resign from the Baltimore County Police force to become a
missionary jungle pilot, our family of four began a long ride across six states,
three foreign countries, and thirteen different schools in the next ten years.
All of this before I turned eighteen.
Immediately following graduation, my restless soul continued the voyage for
another three and a half years in six more states, one other country, and a summer
of hitchhiking, an adventure that began in Medellin, Colombia through Bogota, Cali,
Quito, Ecuador, and on to Lima, Peru, before our funds forced us to turn around and
head back—that and the time factor.
When my restive spirit ran out of options, which included a one-year stint at a College
in Indiana, I joined the U.S. Army. Intended to be a three-year stint with the goal of
finding a directional compass, I ended up retiring after twenty-five years…along with a
tour to the wall-surrounding city of Berlin, and three tours to the Middle East
fighting in a war.
Life did not end after retirement, though. There was a long period called,
transition, when a soldier who spent their lives in the military fighting wars
becomes a normal citizen. Sounds easy…but it wasn’t. Six years of working different
government jobs and seven years of teaching college later, I am now teaching middle
school in the 9th largest school district in the USA.
What is it I want my reader to know? Based on all of my experiences, meeting every kind
of people, I want my readers to know that there really is hope…a way, a truth, and a life
that is available for all. My hope is that the reader will think and feel deeply about
unity, peace, compassion, and life, the humane needs and emotions that seem to have escaped
so many for the sake of politics, religion, selfish ambition, and cultural differences.
This narrative will descriptively tell my true and complete story: my origins, family
history, significant experiences from both my personal and professional life, in my
unique clear narrative voice that represents my personality. Do not worry, I will also
include the less successful episodes of my life...there’s always a lesson to learn.
Revealing my failures is intended to relate the humanizing aspect of guiding and inspiring
people to love and to live together in this diverse world…a place where eventually, there
will be no more tears in the end.
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