Thursday, June 21, 2012

What a Man! What a Man! What a Man! What a Mighty Good Man.

My nephew Brandon Reed!

World, look out! There is a young man who is going to take the world by storm..... I know that Aunts can really be bias when it comes to their nieces and nephews, but really, my nephew, Brandon Reed, is one awesome man. "What a man! What a man! What a man! What a might GOOD man.

His humility is too be admired, his silent strength is too be emulated, his courage is humbling, and his respect for others is mind blowing.

A while back he quoted on his Facebook page a line from Invictus by William Ernest Henley, and this made me so pride to know that Brandon knows that "He is the Master of his Fate." Oh what can a young man do with this kind of knowledge!

I truly believe that we can tell a lot about a person based on what he does, says, and read. Recently, Brandon sent me a copy of his favorite poem, and he said "Here is one of my favorite poems, and I think that you will like it." I had never read it before, but it really resonated with me, and as I read it, I started to cry. I was crying because this poem speaks to the character of Brandon, who is someone who knows when to shine and when to be humble.

I am so honored that Brandon thought enough of me to share this poem with me so that I can share it with you.

When a man finds me who has the qualities in this poem, he will be getting a wife really soon!!!

The Paradoxes of Being a Servant Leader

Strong enough to be weak
Successful enough to fail
Busy enough to make time
Wise enough to say "I don't know"
Serious enough to laugh
Rich enough to be poor
Right enough to say "I'm wrong"
Compassionate enough to discipline
Mature enough to be childlike
Important enough to be last
Planned enough to be spontaneous
Controlled enough to be flexible
Free enough to endure captivity
Knowledgeable enough to ask questions
Loving enough to be angry
Great enough to be anonymous
Responsible enough to play
Assured enough to be rejected
Victorious enough to lose
Industrious enough to relax
Leading enough to serve

Poem by Brewer --- as cited by Hansel, in Holy Sweat, Dallas Texas, Word, 1987. (p29)

Thanks so much for sharing Brandon!

Two post in one day; it must be summer.......


dorothyreed19 said...

Brandon is a true role model for his generation. Thank you for posting.

Jacqueline Stallworth said...

Yes, he is!

Janet Stallworth said...

I love this poem. Be true to your self. Brandon is a great man.

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