In Due Time: Coasting

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As I have previously stated I am an OutKast fanatic. There is a song on the Soul Food Soundtrack called “In Due Time” featuring a rapper who was taking one of his first dips into singing named Cee-Lo on the song who drops an incredible verse. For those who do not know who Cee-Lo is, he’s a rapper from Atlanta who is part of socially conscious rap quartet called Goodie Mob (Good Die Mostly Over Bullshit). They put out a couple of incredible albums in the nineties and he eventually left the group. Eventually he put a couple of solo albums (Cee-Lo Green Presents the Soul Machine > The Love Below), wrote and performed some hits, was on a couple of tv shows or something; but eff all that: Get back to rapping.

Anywho… On In Due Time, Cee-Lo rap/sings one of the most poignant verses I’ve ever heard:

Struggle is just a part of my day
Many obstacles have been placed in my way
I know the only reason that I make it throughIs because I never stop believing in you
Some people wonder why we’re here in the 1st place
They can’t believe because they ain’t never seen your face
But even when you pray, the next day you gotta try
Can’t wait for nobody to come down out the sky
You’ve got to realize that the world’s a test
You can only do your best and let him do the rest
You’ve got your life, you’ve got your healthSo quit procrastinating and push it yourself
You’ve got to realize that the world’s a test
You can only do your best and let him do the rest
You’ve got your life, you’ve got your health
So quit procrastinating

Part of me being restless is that I welcome change. Routine is great and all, but I don’t like to do the same things day in and day out all the time. The saying is that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing repeatedly and getting the same results or something like that. Whatever. Insanity is when you do things differently and end up with the same results.

Why is that insanity? Because obviously you’re not listening. While doing your part and adhering to Thomas Callaway’s words of trying after paying, coming up short means having to wait. About a year ago, I spoke to my big brother Barry about my circumstances. Just venting to him about all that I was going through, being ready to move on from all that had happened since Timile’s passing, getting custody of Cydney, and being wanting better employment. He said to me “You just prayed and fought hard to get your daughter back. It’s your season to coast. God gives seasons to just coast and enjoy what He’s given you. When you’re up and moving around again, you’ll miss this season.” He also lamented to not get too comfortable in this season because laziness can creep in and you miss your moment.

I’ve taken this into consideration. However, the thing about being human is constantly coming up short. Sometimes we need to coast to be thankful for what we have, to be humbled, to rest before the next test is given, or even to lean on others to recognize who we have in our lives because we wouldn’t otherwise. Finding that balance is how to stay sane in the midst of what seems like unbearable periods of monotony, and incredibly loud silence.

Enjoy coasting. If you’re doing what you’re supposed to do then know it’ll be alright and you’ll be where you need to be… In Due Time

You just keep your faith in me
Don’t act impatiently
You’ll get where you need to be
In due time
Even when things are slow
Hold on and don’t let go
I’ll give you what I owe
In due time

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