Dili’s Log 傾聽你的心 ― dedicated to the people that got me here.

Indelible names

There is no such thing as a self-made man. We are made up of thousands of others. Every one who has ever done a kind deed for us, or spoken one word of encouragement to us, has entered into the make-up of our character and of our thoughts, as well as our success.

George Matthew Adams

不聞不若聞之,聞之不若見之,見之不若知之,知之不若行之;學至於行之而止矣

{ For your faith, that gave me wings.
For your patience, that suffered me.
For your encouragement, that was relentless.
For your presence, that was unconditional.
For your empathy, when I deserved judgment.
For your comfort, through loneliness and desolation.
For your love, when I was unlovable.
Thank you…
For you taught me the life I now live.
Dulce bellum inexpertis.
Invictus maneo. } ― Dili

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Great Women Along The Journey

Susan Dimmick, Tracey Newton, Susan Scott, Virginia Wiley, Anna Ruth Flagg, Laura Wood, Monica Marshall, Laurie Chandler, Barbara Spohn, Jean Reeves, Lora Kight.

Great Men Along The Journey

Allen Scott, Rob Ray Taylor, Frank Brannon, Tim English, Walter DuPre, Dick Leslie, Paul Dimmick, Steve Beard, Eddie Birchfield, Tom Stacy, Steve McMillan, Blake Young, Earl Pettit, David Plyler, Forde Kay, Scotty Candler, Jerry Peterson, Mike Franchot, Knox Wilmer, David Clappier, Bill Peard

Academia

Dr. Ron Koger, Dr. Kim Haimes-Korn – the teacher from whom I learned writing as an exploratory means for inquiry, discourse, and fine art. Erin Sledd: another great teacher that made an impact. Thanks, Erin! Dr. James Ponnley: the only math teacher that mattered.. of blessed memory. Thank you, Dr. Ponnley. From High School: Adun Akinyemiju, S. O. Adigun, F. T. Himmikaye, S. O. Otoide, A. O. Edun, Lola James, N. J. Osai. A heartfelt appreciation for seeing something in me at a time I could not have possibly believed alone. Today, that future continues to emerge. Thank you.

Unknown Heroes

Robert Greene – particularly your work on Mastery and The 50th Law. These came as immense encouragements and reinforcement to both determination and focus, through the darkest moments of inner conflicts where no other voices of reassurance nor light could travel, often reinstating clarity and the security to stay on mission. Monica Lewinsky – for standing back up and outmatching the entire world; demonstrating our ownership over our own story. Your victory continues to inspire resilience in my approach to life. Reed Hastings, MacKenzie Scott – the moment you had the influence to improve millions of minority lives, you did.

Other

There are and continue to be people that add positively to the story of our lives. Many have names we tragically may never remember again. Others, like my literature teacher in Elementary school whom I only remember as Mr. David, are remembered as though from another lifetime. Most of my teachers through life and school expected so much of me and fostered their hopes. All those past ‘lifetimes’ were the building blocks of the present. Wherever you are, thank you. You made a difference.

Honorary Mention

To both parents and siblings. Permanently cutting ties may have been the most difficult decision of my life, and also the healthiest decision I ever made. May our separate lives continue bearing the contentment that eludes us together.
Remembering my grandmother, Mary Rose Mbaezue, whose soft reassurance I could never forget. Fond thoughts also of Sylvia Omini and Onumasi Okafor.
John & Marilyn Kelly: my second parents in my adopted hometown of Edinboro Pennsylvania, which is and will always be one of my favorite places in the United States.

Featured Song

Thank you.
Memores acti prudentes futuri

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