SEPARATED BEYOND EQUALS, A Literary Biopic

Mrs Soloway's 5th Grade Class

From the top: Randy, Julie, Patrick, Mrs Soloway, Francine, Erik, Lori, Reggie, Adam & Dennis. (Middle) Yvonne, Dennis, Mary, Sharon, John (RIP) Glenda, Michael, Dianne, Cory, (Bottom) Chris, Stephanie, Michael, Joe, Jeff, Pam, Matthew, Kathy & Fawn.
From the top: Randy, Julie, Patrick, Mrs Soloway, Francine, Erik, Lori, Reggie, Adam & Dennis. (Middle) Yvonne, Dennis, Mary, Sharon, John (RIP) Glenda, Michael, Dianne, Cory, (Bottom) Chris, Stephanie, Michael, Joe, Jeff, Pam, Matthew, Kathy & Fawn. | Source
The Mis-Education of the Negro (1933) by Dr. Carter G. Woodson. Examines how African Americans were being culturally indoctrinated, rather than taught, in American schools.  The Miseducation of Lauren Hill (1988) is a reference Woodson's book.
The Mis-Education of the Negro (1933) by Dr. Carter G. Woodson. Examines how African Americans were being culturally indoctrinated, rather than taught, in American schools. The Miseducation of Lauren Hill (1988) is a reference Woodson's book. | Source

Called to Serve

The progressive unfolding of destiny is orchestrated by God who exists outside the parameters of time and space. Yet, He came down in the form of a man to reattach wayward man back to Himself by teaching us how to live. He was murdered by dissenters that remained indifferent to the truth. The sin that kept us back from God was eradicated upon the cross and now a reunion with God is available. The cross stands today as a symbol of redemption. Because all were conceived in sin and formed in iniquity, the need of a Savior remains a priority for all. Consequentially, the Gospel of the Kingdom of God never gets old because it is not fully revealed what God has for His People.

Seeking God does not require optimal levels of rationalization, it is just the opposite. God is complex and man is simple. Yet the wise construe God as simple while prognosticating complexities. Our Creator made it easy. Our union should be one with God, and not as a colony of ones. God stands alone as a singular unit without beginning or end, and Creation is apart from Himself yet we become His body and our uniqueness is used as it merges with our creative ability to glorify God.


It is through relationships that character is built.

On The Subject of Thought

A Jewish boy becomes accountable for their actions at 13 (they celebrate a Bar Mitzvah.  Derived from the Aramaic, it literally means; “an agent who is subject to the law.”  The transformation of abstract thinking from the concrete begins at age 13.
A Jewish boy becomes accountable for their actions at 13 (they celebrate a Bar Mitzvah. Derived from the Aramaic, it literally means; “an agent who is subject to the law.” The transformation of abstract thinking from the concrete begins at age 13. | Source
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Chosen to be Different

Years ago when teaching a neighbor’s child, upon her eleventh birthday, she indicated to me that she did not like eleven. I asked her why and she told me that the number one should stand alone and that eleven is like a colony of ones. Reflecting back to this incident over twenty years ago, I realize that this statement was profound.

One should stand alone even when composed of several units. However, her concrete grasp of the number eleven was seen as two distinct number-ones instead of the single unit eleven. While a student teacher I learned that developmental shrinks indicate that the transformation from concrete thinking begins to manifest and is generally arrived upon at age thirteen (twelve for girls). A fully developed linear concept of the number one, forbade her to regard the number eleven as a unit but only rendered as a repetition of the number one.

Reggie (1980) holding  'Bible Readings for the Home' book
Reggie (1980) holding 'Bible Readings for the Home' book | Source
(1982) Reggie at 8th Grade Graduation
(1982) Reggie at 8th Grade Graduation | Source

Intelligence as a Factor

Sounds from the wind ruffling in the branches verbalized which fork in the road I had to take. I pondered my path while seeking to unravel why this mystical translation had occurred. Finally, I became assured of the way, I was to take without question. Later, I became reassured of my mission without the former vain struggle I had experienced before. I thought I was smart as many others along the way. I later realized that the consequences of listening and believing what others inspired me to believe had devastating effects. Like a beautiful person looking in the mirror I became convinced that I reflected a superior intellect. Along with certain truths namely, “so as a man thinks so is he” indoctrinated into my subconscious, I never came to the reality that I truly lacked humility and took for granted the help of God and others who have assisted me along the path. I exuded with pride, arrogance and a pseudo-superior sense of well being supported by a perfectionist lifestyle mode.

Still while on the path I thought I was ahead of my peers but deep inside I knew that I took the long way by comparison to the others that I began with. The others are my peers. I knew that there was no sense in parading about once my peers’ path diverged with mine on a single instance fooling myself in compromise without moving ahead. The path was straight but their route was wrong for me. I chose to rise above the certain gravity of peer pressure and reach inside myself to gain strength to carry on. They were not behind me or ahead of me but I sensed that they were traveling their own route with different circumstances.

CEO at 20
CEO at 20 | Source

LOST YEARS From the School of Hard Knocks

The purpose of the Church, Paul stated is to edify and to build up one another’s most holy faith. As Nehemiah built, repaired and solidified the walls of Jerusalem, the Church shall fill the void in the lives of people to bring them into a place of maturity in Christ. I now understand that God blesses us with wisdom to make the right decisions. Once in darkness I now see the light. I was delivered from the school of hard knocks and learned that being guided by the Word of the God is an indispensable quality of life. I would be lost without the hand of God upon me leading and guiding me through dangers seen and unseen. I cannot see how I made it without Him for so many years. He was always there. He has a plan for my life and kept me alive for a reason. For all these years He protected me in the streets, upon the highways, while living in the city or in the valley, whether sleeping in the heights or while in the belly of the beast within the dungeons of despair. He rescued me from many scenes and led me to the outermost place in the Appalachian Valley where I now rest. My covenant family is among those who are sanctified and holy, a people utilized by God to carry the message of redemption and peace through the blood of Jesus (7/26/2012).

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RE Boswell, Class of  2014, Minnesota Graduate School of Theology (Master of Arts Degree  in Clinical Pastoral Counseling).
RE Boswell, Class of 2014, Minnesota Graduate School of Theology (Master of Arts Degree in Clinical Pastoral Counseling).

Being Different & Travelling Alone

I traveled alone. I was alone but not lonely. I stood fiercely in the midst of the adversary combating darkness alone, but apart from my peers whom many traveled in crowds. Many of whom rage over the reconciling of the souls of the oppressed and the oppressors long gone into eternity. Many are lost in the confusion of doubt and disbelief that is why I travel alone. I want to look at myself in a better relationship with myself than with my peers (making my word bond to myself).

The voice they hear is sometimes not their own. They travel wide paths packed with lies and deceit and false dreams and rare hopes. The demon dwelled, even those some peers said, "not so" or "it cannot be".

Suddenly you turn your face and see the shadow flee of the one who tormented you. Sometimes they tempt you with old things yet bright but really composed of dark mold and you’ll never know, unless you pay attention. There may be a devil in your face. Confront it, and it will deny. I was forced to look through a child' s imagination to see what I was dealing with. I saw it, for what it was. They became envious of my originality, but I wasn’t the only one that others became jealous by reason of being out classed through creativity that they desired but had not utilized. Some of the older ones are out done by their offspring and become aged with bitterness of a wasted youth while traveling a path that was not their own, but chosen to be safe.

When you are different, traveling with others introduce envy into circumstances that later may create havoc. That is why I travelled alone, in order not to offend, in my efforts to develop into a better person. This may be difficult at times and seem impossible from the start. A fresh start is life’s sharpest point so I must watch my step when traveling with others in new adventures. I found traveling with others to be necessary and rewarding and success in crowds is simple once unified and arriving at a state of being single minded within a group is highly effective but because of a lack of unity many times I've found when you need something done you have to see to it yourself.


Stages of Psychosocial Development

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Stage  
Basic Conflict  
Important Event  
Outcome  
   
Infancy (birth to 18 months)
Trust vs. Mistrust
Feeding
Sense of trust developed
 
Early Childhood (2 to 3 years)
Autonomy vs. Shame and Doubt
Toilet Training
Feelings of autonomy
 
Preschool (3 to 5 years)
Initiative vs. Guilt
Exploration
Assert control over environment.
 
School Age (6 to 11 years)
Industry vs. Inferiority
School
New social & academics demands
 
Adolescence (12 to 18 years)
Identity vs. Role Confusion
Social Relationships
Sense of self identity
 
Young Adulthood (19 to 40 years)
Intimacy vs. Isolation
Relationships
Intimate Relationships Formed
 
Middle Adulthood (40 to 65 years)
Generativity vs. Stagnation
Work and Parenthood
Creating & Nurturing Posterity
 
Maturity (65 to death)
Ego Integrity vs. Despair
Reflection on Life
Sense of fulfillment
 
Erik Erikson's Theory of Psychosocial Development. According to Erikson, each stage plays a major role in the development of personality and psychological skills. However, mastery of a stage is not required to advance to the next stage.
Red Bird Confetti
Red Bird Confetti | Source

Conclusion of The Matter

As a harmonious symphony combines distinct parts to make a whole, blending in with God should be the goal of every person. Like organizations that seek to function as living organisms in nature, people from different backgrounds should merge with God to become a force of good in this present world.

© 2011 Reginald Boswell

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