I started this post on yesterday, but could not seem to finish it how I initially intended. I kept trying. I kept getting distracted. I kept adding. It is not until this morning, waking with James Cleveland in my head singing "A Good Day" that I know a better intent for this post; not mine. Here we go:
"How many of you have ever acted out as though certain, when in your heart and mind, you are uncertain? What drives us to do such a thing? Pride? Selfishness? Embarrassment? Who knows? Well, exactly one month ago, today, I was on this very stretch of McGinnis Ferry. See the yellow section of the road, in the attached picture? I was in the lane, next to this area, sitting in stop and go traffic that was more stop than go. Out of nowhere a car passed me via this forbidden yellow striped "lane", then cut in front of me. "IDIOT", I thought to myself and went back to my patient waiting in some of the worst traffic Metro ATL has to offer. A slight bit farther down the road, Johns Creek's finest pulls into the median, jumps out of his SUV, and starts yelling and pointing at me. "PULL OVER HERE, NOW!!" he shouted, pointing to the exact spot he wanted me in. Bewildered, I pulled over, dropped my window and kept my hands clearly visible.
He accused me of using the yellow stripey lane to weave in an out of traffic. As I tried to refute his claim by saying "It wasn't me", he got even louder, called me a liar and told me to "shut up" because he's cutting me a break by not arresting me. I caught myself and kept my mouth closed, and allowed him to finish with his blatant disrespect. He says he was "certain" it was me because he was watching me the whole time. The car that did what he claims I did was black with tinted windows. My car is blue with no tint, yet I could not defend the truth in this matter, having been called a liar, told to shut up, and threatened with arrest.
Some of you know my history of being harassed by law enforcement. It baffles Crimesha that I have been pulled over so many times for absolutely nothing and treated with utmost disrespect. After this ordeal, I vowed to myself that it would NOT ruin my day. It took at least two hours for me to beat down my anger by keeping my eyes and heart in the sky. Not everyone can relate to such, but it causes an anger that only God can quell. I was a liar, certain of truth, while he was certain of a lie."
Here is where the "squirrel" popped up and where I lost all train of thought. Thinking of the conversations yesterday with two great people and friends (Michael Thomas & Raye Parra), I look back to the 1st of February and how good of a day it was beyond the confused cop. I had a good day, no matter what. Instead of carrying my upset an anger with me into that day's happenings, I didn't bring it up to anyone or in any of my dealings for that day. I simply focused on the good of the day, and the good of the people with whom I spoke and spent time.
Treating folks according to uncertainty is never a good thing and never beneficial to any situation. Certainty makes for good days. Being certain before speaking or addressing any situation helps to avoid happenings such as the one described above, and makes for a good day for all involved. Being certain of who you are, and Who it is you truly belong to, makes for good days. As Reverend James Cleveland says, "I've got my health and strength, and I know that I'm His child!" Of this, I am certain! Giving my mind over to God and greater things than that brief moment in the day, kept me out of the pit of anger, away from my human factor, and in a more productive state of mind.
"You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the One who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world." - 1 John 4:4 -
Those who have ears, let them hear.......
Bryan Hollomon Williams