To simply wake up every morning a better person than when I went to bed.
If I'm remembered for having done a few good things, and if my presence here has sparked some good energies, that's plenty.
So I had to be careful. I recognized the responsibility that, whether I liked it or not, I had to accept whatever the obligation was. That was to behave in a manner, to carry myself in such a professional way, as if there ever is a reflection, it's a positive one.
My father was a poor man, very poor in a British colonial possession where class and race were very important.
I lived in a country where I couldn't live where I wanted to live. I lived in a country where I couldn't go where I wanted to eat. I lived in a country where I couldn't get a job, except for those put aside for people of my colour or caste.
I had chosen to use my work as a reflection of my values.
But my dad also was a remarkable man, a good person, a principled individual, a man of integrity.
I come from a great family. I've seen family life and I know how wonderful, how nurturing, and how wonderful it can be.
I know how easy it is for one to stay well within moral, ethical, and legal bounds through the skillful use of words - and to thereby spin, sidestep, circumvent, or bend a truth completely out of shape. To that extent, we are all liars on numerous occasions.
I decided in my life that I would do nothing that did not reflect positively on my father's life.
A good deed here, a good deed there, a good thought here, a good comment there, all added up to my career in one way or another.
I couldn't adjust to the racism in Florida. It was so blatant... I had never been so described as Florida described me.
I never had an occasion to question color, therefore, I only saw myself as what I was... a human being.
So much of life, it seems to me, is determined by pure randomness.
So it's been kind of a long road, but it was a good journey altogether.
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