What’s New

Whats New

What’s new in your life? What’s happening that you are you excited about? What recent phenomenon has you in awe? What wonderful thing are you enjoying doing or being a part of right now? What vision are you finding pleasure with as it emerges and comes into fruition?

Today I was watching the memorial service for Muhammad Ali. Bryant Gumble a journalist and close friend of Muhammad was one of the eulogist. As he spoke I first noticed his appearance, then his humanness, finally I easily recognized his commitment to journalism in his brief introductory statements. I remember as a young girl hearing women mention his curly hair, winning smile and his handsomeness. Now as an adult, I also notice his handsome features in the shadows of time. However, while he spoke I wondered why he had made such a seemingly surprising exit from the Today Show–a long running American morning show, years ago. Gumble had been with the Today Show fifteen years and at the time he was very popular and well-respected.  So, I thought I would google the question.  I found an article in the New York times penned by Bill Carter January 5, 1996 that revealed the answer. For me, reading it was timely.

 Mr. Gumbel told the “Today” staff that he had signed a new one-year contract that would take him through 1996, his 15th year. One staff member who was at the meeting said that he followed that announcement by adding that this would be his last year on the program. NBC News may try to retain Mr. Gumbel for other assignments, but he will be available to negotiate with any network or other television entity. Though NBC has not officially designated a successor to Mr. Gumbel, it is widely expected that Matt Lauer, who is the news anchor for “Today,” will be the choice. In a statement released by NBC yesterday, Mr. Gumbel, who is 48, said, “Fifteen years is a long time in one place, and the world’s too exciting to enjoy from one vantage point.“Andrew Lack, the president of NBC News, said in the same statement, “We are discussing a number of other projects with Bryant that I hope will keep him at NBC News for another 15 years.”

The statement that spoke to me most is highlighted. “Fifteen years is a long time in one place, and the world’s too exciting to enjoy from one vantage point.“How willing are we to move or reposition ourselves so that we can experience life from a different vantage point? Do we remain because we think what we have and where we are is as good as it gets? Are we too comfortable? Are there other view points of life waiting to be revealed to us?reposition


I’d rather wholeheartedly try than never know. One day too often means never so its advantageous for me to do what I can do today and tomorrow. My heart’s intent is that I reposition myself as much a possible all the while enjoying all that my life’s experiences have to offer. My personal development and peace of mind are worth taking a chance on me.




You must remind yourself constantly why you want to make the changes that will reposition yourself and empower your life. The simple is, “You’re worth it”  Nikkos Zorbas

Authentic thoughts are thoughts that are genuine and sincerely expressed. Authentic thoughts reverberate with other authentic individuals so they have an irresistible urge to ponder and or respectfully respond from their  own unique perspective. Express your authentic thoughts. Post a comment. I welcome your valued perspective. Thank you in advance.


Dr. Free


Author: Dr. Free

Dr. Free is a veteran educator. Her area of expertise is African-centered education consulting. She is a life learner who is passionate about truth, liberation, and justice. Dr. Free strives to be true to herself. She expresses herself in a way that enhances the lives of others and she enjoys giving others the space and encouragment to do the same.

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