Look Up, Get Up and Don’t Ever Give Up


This is a part of a speech that I came across recently. It is a speech by NFL Hall of Fame member Michael Irvin, this speech was made during his induction into the hall of fame:

“I doubted I would ever have the chance to stand before you today. So when I returned home, I spoke with Michael and Elijah . I said, That’s how you do it, son. You do it like they did it. Michael asked, he said, Dad, do you ever think we will be there? And I didn’t know how to answer that. And it returned me to that threshing floor. This time I was voiceless, but my heart cried out. God, why must I go through so many peaks and valleys?

I wanted to stand in front of my boys and say, Do it like your dad, like any proud dad would want to. Why must I go through so much?

At that moment a voice came over me and said, Look up, get up, and don’t ever give up. You tell everyone or anyone that has ever doubted, thought they did not measure up or wanted to quit, you tell them to look up, get up and don’t ever give up.

Thank you and may God bless you.”

The reason I chose this speech was because of its message: look up, get up and don’t ever give up. This message reinforced three things in my mind and spirit:

1. Look Up

In my 23 years of life I have not always been sure about the existence of a higher power or a devine being but as time went by it became glaringly obvious to me that my life was not a journey that I walked alone, spiritually I was blessed with a guardian that always walked by my side and protected me from harm that came in all forms.

When Michael Irvin said “look up”, I immediately associated that with prayer and asking for assistance or help from the Almighty God.

When times get tough don’t just look down and weep, look up and seek strength.

2. Get Up

As much as God is there to help us through our toughest times and rejoice with us in our happiest, He will not force you to do anything. In my eyes prayer is a plea and a request for opportunity, so when we ask for wealth we do not get money on our laps but we get opportunities to work hard and build that wealth.

So, get up and know that as God is protecting you, Jesus guiding you and the Holy Spirit inspiring you, you have all it takes to get it done within you. So get up and get it done!!

3. Don’t ever give up

Through all of our trials and tribulations there is one thing that we all have in common and that is the fact that we were not born with a spirit of fear, so when times get tough and the situation appears to be rough have no fear and push forward because success lies after the pain! God has equipped you with all that you will ever need to be everything you want to be in life, “talent is God’s gift to you but how you use it is your gift to Him”.

Success will be yours!! You just have to dig deeper and show that it is what you want more than anything.

Never forget that God is the key to everything!

Peace & Love


Midnight Thoughts May 12th

From the beginning we had an instant connection that needed no mention of how great it could possibly be. So me feeling like I knew better I took ink to feather and I wrote a chapter of you and me.

This chapter written with fights and laughs that would ultimately highlight how tough young love would be to me. So I etched an ever fixed mark that to this day brings back those memories.

Memories of a young man with a bright future being given God’s gift, time standing still in bright lights whenever our eyes would meet and our souls would speak.

Our souls would have conversations of eternity and beyond, though the physical would interfere one of these souls never broke the bond, and to this day the price it still pays.

It pays the price to maintain a promise promised to never be broken. A promise to stand firm through all adversity and never be shaken. What price you ask? A price of loneliness and unhappiness, a price of helplessness in times of torment and endless nightmares.

Nightmares that start out vague but end up to be dreams so strange. As the morning comes and the sun ray beams through eyes filled with tears and a troubled heart.
The Soul continues to pay so it may maintain promises promised from the start.

Midnight Thoughts May 10th

From what I remember, you were to be in my life forever and leave me never…

From what I remember, you were meant to be there from November to November…

From what I remember, no memories from when my age was still tender…

From what I remember, I heard you had left but never saw you re-enter…

Imagine my embarrassment and shame when I mistook you for another

Dinner table conversations with mother asking her questions like “where the hell is father?”

Her answers perplexing a young mind that was accepting the possibilities of a father never returning

Lessons of manhood on how I should do good a strong woman standing right where you should have stood

Yeah! In time I understood, I understood that you were not ready to be the man I needed in my life, the man WE needed in our lives! But in time maturity taught me that what I understood was in fact not the truth.

The truth is that I was and am blessed beyond what I believe I deserve with people who aim to preserve my sanity and teach me the ways of life.

The truth is that not having you in my life played it’s part but could never out do her that was there always from the start.

The truth is, now that you’re not here as you have never been there I can say this and mean it with all my heart….

I forgive you and thank you, I just wish you were always there from the start.

Midnight Thoughts

With no end in sight I sit here and ask myself, why?
Why does power of self get over powered by self imposed decisions and rules?
Why does mental slavery continue in the eternal bonds and chains of time?
Why would one sacrifice so much to look up at his hero and end up looking like a fool?

Life so hard and unfair but only through foggy and unclear glasses of hopelessness and despair
Bright white tissue like dope in my pocket losing hope needing prayer from the pope as I stretch out this rope
To hang my thoughts of a life half lived before they poison my seed into wearing those glasses and doing impure deeds
So indeed they shall spring to be the best they can be living free with possibilities as wide as the sea and as far as the eye can see

Thoughts still plagued by vague images begging to be vivid in my everyday life that I’m living but cannot overcome the distance
Distance created and maintained by words never said and actions that were never put into motion
Dreams that continue to mine and dig in search of gold in shafts of the clogged tunnels of old.

Peace be with me, silence follow me and give me even a moments rest
So I may gather strength to keep going on this path that can only be walked by me