What is on Your To-Do List Today?

Representative Stephanie Tubbs-Jones died yesterday …

When I saw the news through my Google alert, I went to my To-Do list. And found the notation:

“Contact Tubbs-Jones office re: Medicare Improvement Bill, see attached email) for interview on Cleveland Talks! Provide local cell# for callback.”

(btw: I produce several talk shows on BlogTalkRadio. Cleveland Talks! is one of them.)

You see, I was a constituent. I was on her email list. I let my voice be heard, regularly. I always got a response. I did not make the call on that day. Too busy, schedule too full on that day, moved to the next day, then the next …

Facing the list again last night, a note scribbled in haste, I had to pause. I did not complete the task. A missed opportunity. I have to cross it off the list now. I had to pause. And write this blog.

Representative Stephanie Tubbs-Jones was an icon in the truest sense of the word. Not a self-proclaimed “Diva” – a word so overused in today’s culture that it has become meaningless. She was approachable, accessible, a sister, a mother, a community advocate, an effective politician, a neighbor, a girlfriend, and strong ally that worked tirelessly through a life dedicated to living honorably. And, pursuing the greater good.

When I was a child, they taught Civics, and Social Studies, and Good Citizenship. And Community Service. (btw: that was before “community service” was categorized and issued as a punishment because the county jail is too full to contain another community delinquent)

When I was a child, I wanted to be an astronaut. Or, a Supreme Court Justice.

My love for mathematics ended at trigonometry. So, in college I majored in Political Science and moved to the greater Washington, DC area to earn some cash and continue my education. I did not become a judge, or a lawyer, or a paralegal. Although, I did serve as a court recorder for a brief period (Think electronic recordings, microphones, wires). The guy crawling under the table adjusting the cable connections just before the BIG briefings on the Hill. I was “that” guy – or gal. It was fun. Then I moved on. But I hung around the scene for 2 decades and worked it. Part of “the entourage” and “in the know” – it was an addiction. A drain. A thrill. And I loved it. Then I moved on. Or, I should say that I moved “back” – to oHIo.

And people ask me, “So, what do you do [now]?”

And I asked myself that last night. And this morning, my hometown is in mourning. What DO I do, for the greater good?

I try to think more about others than myself. And when I fail to do so, I try again. (Note to self: try again)

I amplify the voices of others (btw: see Encourage Me I’m Young). I write inspirational books for adults and chapter books for children. I tutor inner city children in the gymnasiums of schools in “academic failure” and teach Bible lessons in church basements to adults. I bake cookies and give them away. I don’t complain about my neighbors hedges being too high, unless I am in the mood to help trim them. Or when the neighborhood fireworks display runs on until 3:00am because, after all, it’s only once a year. God bless America!

I stopped hating on Oprah, and Rosie, and Brittany, and Paris, and Condi, and all the others whose lives I DO NOT know and handle pressure that I can not imagine. I buy bags of peaches or beets when I visit the local farmer’s market. I hate peaches and beets. But, my sister loves them. I feed the birds. And the skinny neighborhood cats. I plant flowers that attract butterflies so that the little children can chase them. I give treats to my little dog and bring enough to share with his little doggy friends. I try to care. About things, about people, and their situations. Locally, globally, eternally.

I lift young people on my shoulders and say “Can you see the future? I can. And it’s glorious. And it’s all for you. Can you see it? I can. I can see it in you.”

(btw: Please listen to Cleveland Talks! E-City Teen Entrepreneurs)

This is about Representative Stephanie Tubbs-Jones.

And my To-Do List.

Before I cross that missed opportunity off my list, what will I replace it with?

What will I do today, instead?

What will you do today? (note to self: try again)

Thanks for reading my blog.

(btw: please listen to Tony Reeve’s “In The Know” podcast with Former State Senator Leslie Miller)

And do something today…for the greater good.


One thought on “What is on Your To-Do List Today?

  1. Thank you for sharing your world with me. :O) I too love to plant flowers that attract butterflies. I love peaches and beets (like crazy). LOL I need to add to my to-do list, listen to Cleveland Talks. I will “try again”, because Lord knows somedays I miss the mark. Then I start taking myself too seriously.


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