Fight for Life: Never Alter Your Character, Be You

Posted September 22, 2017
By Qaadir Naqib


"Those of us, who suffer from the envy of the envier, must realize that if we allow hatred and bitterness to set up in us, we cannot do the good that ultimately overcomes this evil. Even those who don't understand me and why I do what I do, they may become blind even to a change of heart that may be manifested in those that once envied. They keep seeing the person as what they were, rather than recognizing them for what they are and are becoming, by the good of the heart that God is using for their redemption."
                                                                                                                                                           Minister Farrakhan

Qaadir’ Naqib is the founder of “Fight 4 Life” NO EXCUSES, a non-profit organization that was inspired through his journey of losing weight. He became known as The Wellness Preacher. He has organized numerous events and fundraisers in cities from Pasadena, California to Phoenix, AZ.

In 2015, He was inspired to send a group of youth from his hometown to Washington D.C for the 20th anniversary of the Million Man March. Qaadir', who co-created J.O.E 626, grew up in a single parent home in a neighborhood known for gang violence and drugs. He was able to break free from the chains of his environment and started mentoring young males with a goal of preventing them from going down the wrong path in life. In the fall of 2016, he launched a 12 week manhood training course for young men from ages 8-18.

Growing up I've witnessed many people allow their character to be altered because of various situations that dealt them a bad hand in life. As I observed this happen to people I begin to realize the importance of fighting to not lose who I am because of the negative events in my life rather through natural processes of life or not such as losing a loved one or being robbed by a so called friend.

I never wanted to develop a mentality different from who I was naturally that would cause me to become a person who placed everyone all in the same category like the woman who label's all men to be dogs because of her choices in men thus far.

There's a giant difference in losing who we are and being a fool so please note that I'm referring to holding on to who were are. Often we hear people say “ I lost sight in who I was” or “ I don't even notice myself any more” and many other statements. Now to the point that I'd like to make (smile) WE ALL have been brought on this earth for a reason which gives us purpose for our existence. As we grow into the knowledge of self and the knowledge of why we were born we will encounter a lot of negative energy and a lot of envy from friends, family and even strangers. Some will deliberately put up roadblocks to prevent us from moving forward and others will do subtle things that we may not notice right away that's geared towards holding us back in progress. Like the parent who lies to their child about having a sickness causing them to be afraid of everything in life so they live their lives in a bubble because mommy or daddy said that if they play in the grass they'll get sick or something worse. We must fight for our purpose, we must fight to protect who we are against those who are jealous and envious of who we are; we must not allow them to win us over to the dark side or the “sunken place” where they control our behavior and thought process.

If you're an adventurous person remain that don't allow your scared to leave a five mile radius friend to convert you over to being afraid to be yourself. Fight 4 Life No Excuses is exactly what we have to do we have to remove all excuses and accomplish our goals we have to remove all excuses and protect who you are even if you're a little weird (smile).

Envy is a subject that we will discuss later on in our weekly article's from a different viewpoint, however this is more for us to look at self and understand that not everyone will understand our dreams and goals and when life tosses us lemons we don't have to make lemonade hell what if I don't like lemonade then what do we do. Do we hold on to the lemons  (bad experiences in life) no, no, no we don't. We look at them experiences and we analyze them inside and out we milk those situations and we take from it as much as we can and we move on. That's IT we move on with that knowledge so that we can advance to the next level and the next level.

Now if we like lemonade then we make lemonade meaning we make the best out of the situations that we have encountered in life but if we don't like lemonade we drop them lemons and still make the best of the situation. Do you get it? The bottom line is this protect who you are and know that love and consistency will always  win.  

Fight 4 Life NO EXCUSES practical application of the week 
1) Read a book for 15-30 minutes for at least 3 days.
2) Ask someone who knows you well what are some areas that you can improve in that'll build your character. 
3) Exercise for at least 4 days this week. Walking is one of the best exercises we can do.
4) Call someone and ask them how are they doing. 
5) SMILE, SMILE, SMILE AND SMILE as much as you can. 
Your Brother and Servant 
The Wellness Preacher

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