A few words from the Crazy Old White Man

I am not a conformist. I am me and the only me around. Look far and wide and you will never find another me. I am a black man trapped in a white man's body. I am not the only one that says that. Two astrologers, a sheriff's deputy who decided what cell I would visit, many of my friends and many people I have met have said it when the first met me.

If I was not myself I would be a partner in a CPA firm, making $250,000 a year, married to a white woman (no offense her race is relevant to the book), two grown up kids, living in a posh home in the wealthy Detroit suburbs and unhappy.

Now I am single, financially poor, living in an small apartment downtown, self employed, have a lot of friends and when it comes to life I am rich.

Except for arthritis, high blood pressure, a stroke a few years ago, falling asleep when I drive (I don't drive any more) and cancer on my ear I have my health.

I love life, I get high on life instead of drugs and alcohol, and I never have a bad day.

I believe that we are all equal yet we are all different. I am not better than anyone and no one is better than me.

I am a reformed drunk not a recovering alcoholic. I quit because I wanted to. I do not avoid alcohol, I just don't drink it. I quit with an attitude self adjustment. I can tend bar and never think about drinking again. I have been sober for 10 years.

I help people help themselves. You can not beat a habit or an addiction unless you want to.

Always remember that you are what you make yourself to be. You have to have faith in yourself in order to get ahead. You have to have faith in your self to fight life threatening illnesses.

Don't go overboard and let that faith become pride. Don't decide that you are better than everyone else. Some day you will find out that you are wrong.

We are all individuals with strong points and weaknesses. You are better in some things than I am but I am better in some things than you are.

When you see the beggars on the street do not look down on them. (Someday you may be there.) You don't have to give them money and if you ask if they want you to give them food and they say yes. Buy them something to eat. The odds are they will say no. Give to places like the Salvation Army and homeless shelters. You may save a life.

Love life, love God, love your fellow man (this includes women) love your family and love yourself. Then will you be loved.

© Copyright 2001 Lee W. Gaylord

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