“It’s not whether you fall or make a mistake, it’s what you do when you fall. And I say you Stand Up. You keep Standing Up. It’s not how many times you fall, it’s how many times you STAND UP” – Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa
After two semesters of course work, the persistent problems with acclimation and the poor student affairs infrastructure at the University overwhelmed me. So, one day I was attempting to register and I couldn’t because I had a hold on my account. Not sure exactly what the hold was for, but I remember leaving the campus getting in my car and starting to cry. I stopped at a pay-phone called my mother collect and proceeded to tell her about this horrible experience. And the whole time that I am telling my story, I am thinking that this is insurmountable and once I explain it to my mother, she would say, “Ok, baby. Just pack up your things and come home.” On the contrary, the course of the conversation that follows was the origination of my transition from a boy to a man.
As I continue to explain my experience and how it can not be worked out, my mom says, “Gary, you know what I want you to do?” As she is saying this to me, I am thinking in my mind, I have done everything possible and once I explain to her that I have done what she has told me to do, I could come home to the safety, security and familiarity of home. My mother goes on to say, “I want you to STAND and after you have done everything possible, STAND ANYHOW!”
At that very moment, through God’s word, all of my excuses were rendered invalid and I had no more excuses to offer. Through my mom, I was given the immutable truth and the greatest weapon of all to fight and STAND – God’s word. This scripture taken from Ephesians 6:10-18 changed my life, the life of my off-spring, their off-spring and all that we may come in contact with. Thank God for using my mother to speak LIFE into me and generations to come.
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