Alarm clocks in the graveyard.
by, Apr 23rd, 2012 at 08:33 PM (966 Views)
One day an old head (older gentleman) over heard me arguing with a guy that was rambling just for the sake of being disagreeable then the old head pulled me to the side when the debate was over and told me something profound that I always quote till this day when I hear someone trying to convince a fool to invest in his own existence.
He said " Hey young buck, why are you throwing alarm clocks into the grave yard?" I was totally confused and asked him what he meant by that. He said that I was throwing an alarm clock into the grave yard and trying to wake the dead. "Sometimes you have to let the dead stay asleep young buck" He said.
After giving it some thought I realized that I had been on some personal crusade since I was a kid trying to convince people of the potential that I saw in them. But how is it they couldn't see it?
I believed that every homeless musician had a shot at fame if he just got serious about his craft. I knew hardcore drug addicts that maintained a 4.0 gpa throughout undergrad but believed they just needed someone to show them a better vision of themselves. I believed for years you could change anyone with a stern conversation...And then I woke up.
"Don't throw alarm clocks into the grave yard, let the dead sleep" rocked my internal compass. Because some people enjoy their slumber and others will drag you into the grave with them as you struggle to resurrect them.
I'm still a little guilty of entertaining the dead every once in a while but quicker to back out of it now. Bottom line is if it's their future you are trying to salvage then halfway ain't far enough for them to meet you. Meet me 3/4 of the way to let me know your serious.
I see it everyday. Brother's, cousins, sisters, parents, church members, co-workers etc. all do it. They all pour time, energy, hope, prayers, money, tears, lies, heartache and dreams into people who are committed to habits of destruction.
The hard truth is, sometime you have to let people be who they are, or they will extinguish the light within you that someone looking for it may need one day. Let the dead rest in peace