Teen Ballet Dancer

“People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.

If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies. Succeed anyway.

If you are honest and sincere people may deceive you. Be honest and sincere anyway.

What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight. Create anyway.

If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous. Be happy anyway.

The good you do today, will often be forgotten. Do good anyway.

Give the best you have, and it will never be enough. Give your best anyway.

In the final analysis, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway."

- Mother Teresa


"I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character."


"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat." (The credit belongs to the man in the arena)

- Theodore Roosevelt

In the Boxing Ring
Variety of Coins

​"When wealth is lost, nothing is lost; when health is lost, something is lost; when character is lost, all is lost."

- Billy Graham


"Do not go where the path may lead. Instead, go where there is no path and leave a trail."

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Forest Road
Image by Jon Tyson

“I believe that appreciation is a holy thing--that when we look for what's best in a person we happen to be with at the moment, we're doing what God does all the time. So in loving and appreciating our neighbor, we're participating in something sacred.”

― Fred Rogers

Fashionable Earring

"Real girls aren't perfect. Perfect girls aren't real."

- Unknown


"The most dangerous creature in the world, is a man without HOPE."

- Pastor Ty Schenzel

Rear View of Man with Backpack
Cliff Hiking

"If you want something you've never had, you must be willing to do something you've never done."

-Thomas Jefferson

Image by Hannah Jacobson

"Look for yourself, and you will find in the long run only hatred, loneliness, despair, rage, ruin, and decay. But look for Christ, and you will find Him, and with Him everything else thrown in."

- C.S. Lewis


“I cried because I had no shoes, until I met a man who had no feet.”

- Helen Keller


I Let You Stand There, Now Smile ©

Original Work, Penned by Victoria's Family

Your skin is different, you look interesting.
Can you come a little closer?
We’re diversifying, we want to include you and represent your culture.
We want to and you need to, you have to be the one.
But stand still and smile like a good lil’ token.
Don’t expect to be treated equally.
We won’t be showing you any dignity.
Like it or not it has to be you- after all, I only know two.
Now that we’re friends can I use the N word? Y'all do.
It’s in songs and movies and after all, you know we’re cool.
So take your seat at the table, I’ll even toss you a crumb.
But thank God, and thank me. Don’t abuse my generosity.
Be appreciative you ingrate. Stop playing victim.
Don’t mind that there’s a feast here, it’s for the great not for the least, dear.
Yeah so there’s another’s deceased there.
Don’t expect me to apologize or wait for me to empathize.
Hell, I didn’t kill him! Stop pretending to be fearsome.
So what? Another mom lost her son.
You don’t know what happened. We don’t have the whole story.
Black on black crime puts more bodies in the ground.
Rappers brag about it for the glory.
Just shut up and smile already and don’t open that can of worms!
It wasn’t my fault, drop the subject and quit stepping on that nerve.
So be a good a little pawn and smile wide for the camera.
We’re redoing our website. This’ll be great for our propaganda.
So come on now, smile pretty. We need you over here.
We’ll put you on flyers and billboards but you’ll have to change your hair.
Make it straighter, dye it lighter and just be happy that you’re here!
Just be seen and not heard. You won’t be valued or affirmed.
But don’t be mad at me- I didn’t make the rules.
This tale’s as old as time. So stop acting like a fool.
Stop being so damn touchy, after all you should feel LUCKY.
So conform to our standards. You’re the chosen one.
We’ll tolerate you but not the rest, not another single one.
But never forget, you’re here because I allow it.
I’ll always win and you’ll lose.
And don’t try to game a system that you never got to choose.
Don’t you dare be ungrateful and drop the attitude!
Stay back, don’t get closer. And no, your son can’t date my daughter.
You know I can’t allow that. And tell him not to come closer.
I mean it, tell him to step back! And for goodness’ sake boy, take off that hat!
Now you know I don’t notice race, I’m practically colorblind.
But our kids can’t date each other. Each should stick to their own kind.
I’ll let you live in my town but you can’t be my neighbor.
If my house value drops, there’ll be no way to save 'er.
But you should know I have my eye on you.
So just behave. One wrong move and man, I’ll shoot.
I’ll say I felt threatened and no one will file suit.
Don’t act shocked or saddened. I told you to lose the attitude!
So swallow your tears, we both have our fears.
Remember stand there and smile, don't ever make me shoot.
But if that day came, who do you think they’ll believe me or you? ©


"Sometimes you need to get knocked down before you can really figure out what your fight is and how you need to fight it." -  Chadwick Boseman


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