Is The Hood a Killer of Dreams?

”IS THE HOOD A KILLER OF DREAMS?”

BY: TOBY R. DAVIS #234179
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I RECALL THE time when I was about 9 years of age and I found myself in a physical confrontation with my friend, Kareem, who at the time was around the same age as me, but happened to be bigger than me in size. In my mind however none of that even mattered to me because I had the real advantage over him with my imagined super power! After we both wrestled and rolled around on the grass grappling each other, we then stood back up to face-off when he decided to deliver me a rock-solid punch straight to my gut that caused me to double over in excruciating pain.
Then suddenly, it happened in broad daylight in front of everyone without warning. My eyes turned a bright, fluorescent red and my muscles began bulging out causing my clothes to rip apart off my body as I slowly transitioned from the humbled David Banner to now the huge formidable green-skinned beast known only as the Incredible Hulk!
”Aarrghh! Aarrghh!” I roared loudly, as the tears streamed down my cheeks. I was hotter than fish grease inside Hell’s kitchen.
With all my teeth clenched tightly together and my face shivering ferociously, I squeezed every muscle in my bony body; even my small pectoral muscles with both fist balled up tightly as I glanced around menacingly at the un-threatened spectators. I was now imitating the Hulk as I had seen him many times before on the TV screen. 
Looking back at that incident I couldn’t help but laugh at myself as did everyone else who stood nearby at the time watching me do my best impersonation of the Incredible Hulk that had failed to have the same effect as it did on the actual TV show where everyone immediately turned around and hightailed it to safety.
I shared that story with you from my childhood for a reason — not just for mere kicks. That particular occurrence marked a special period in my life when I was still innocent. It was a time when I felt completely free to dream and use my vivid imagination to take me anywhere in the world; or better yet, to be any of my favorite superheroes such as: Superman, Batman, He-man, and even Popeye the Sailor Man who my mother often used to coax me into eating my portion of green spinach at dinner when I was younger.
”You do want to be like Popeye, don’t you? Well then, you better eat your spinach, boy!” she encouraged me.
I would then demolish it.
But sadly as time went on I gradually stopped using my vivid imagination. I stopped believing in my super power that I once believed I was in possession of and allowed my will to be thwarted by the loud and negative voices on the outside of me; instead of remaining faithful to the still, small voice inside of me that once convinced me that all my goals were attainable and possible if only I believed in myself and my ability to achieve them. In Genesis 11:6 affirms that nothing they have imagined they could do would be impossible for them.
That I could in fact conquer my biggest fears and materialize my wildest dreams and aspirations until that still, small voice inside me began to be drowned out by the loud and unruly voices outside of me. It eventually overpowered my conviction and coerced me to yield to the belief that I wasn’t good enough, smart enough, or even strong enough to be a superhero and save the world. In Proverbs 4:20 affirms, listen to my words; and tune your ears to my voice. We should never underestimate how brilliant we are and that we are only limited by how we see ourselves.
As a young boy I had no idea that God was speaking to me through that small, still voice inside me. The voice that would become completely inaudible after rendering me one last and final warning that ultimately fail on deaf ears. 
”Take heed, my dear son, before ye can set out to safe the world from all the villains, ye must first save thyself from becoming one.”

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This is an excerpt from his new, inspirational book ”CONFRONTING THE HOOD MENTALITY (HOW TO DISMANTLE YOUR HOOD MENTALITY BY INTO YOUR HIDDEN POTENTIAL & ENGAGE IN CRITICAL THINKING THAT IS CONDUCIVE TO SUCCESS!) by Toby R. Davis. It’s now available on Amazon.com and eBook format.