Catalyst Atlanta 2011 | Be Present, Propaganda

Catalyst Atlanta 2011 | Be Present, Propaganda

| October 29, 2011

I tend to think of life in movie clips.
Tweetable moments
Somehow I've convinced myself they last longer that way.
I was proved wrong when wife called my phone my black wife,
I thought it was funny, we giggled, single men take notes.
Im no expert, but I don't think she was kidding,
She went on but I don't remember most if the rest, I was too busy mentally composing a
tweet where I quote her with some cleaver hastag about marriage and how awesome
my wife was, to pay attention to her, I think what snapped me back was the silence that
indicated that I was supposed to speak then.
Jason Petty, Propaganda, Facebook & Twitter

I told my dad that story to get some sympathy, something to bond over,
My Dad, Vietnam vet,
hopelessly charming
On his 4th marriage
Rather than the traditional nod men give each other when they agree, he
began to lay out a case as to why He failed as my mothers husband
The same reason half of his platoon in vietnam died,
Same reason you are deathly afraid of your daughter becoming a teenager .
You can't hear anything past the explosions, either the one you remember or the one
you anticipate
The former, paralyzes,
Living life in the rear view mirror driving full speed across all 6 lanes into oncoming
traffic. Or so shell shocked you too stupid to duck when the bullets fly.
Or the latter
So goal oriented
Your life a game of capture the flag.
So fixated on the finish line, you stepped right into a land mine.
You so ready to attack the day,
Frustrated because you cant find your keys. focuses the traffic you finna sit in and
meetings to your'e about to miss to realize the you were holding them the whole time
slow down
You have been hypnotized by possibility.
Son. I couldn't hear past the bombs,
The 1st one didn't kill me and the one didn't even happen
He told me a love story,
She was born before me, and new me from before, and at the moment of conception,
and eternal connection,
and although I didn't know it then Id fight for her affection. A war we been waging form
day on of creation. and only when you lose her do you learn to appreciate her, like even
when Im with her, Im itching to get rid of her. Im tryin to learn my lessons son I swear to
you Im feeling her. I can never get enough of her and to this day I love. Her,
She only gives you one shot, blow it and she's gone,
I took advantage of her. thats why Im telling you this,
you can rusher or slower her. down, keep here on her side she will slip through your fingers,
her name is TIME
She told me a secret. Multitasking is a myth
You aint doin' any one anything just everything mediocre
She begged me to stop stretching her thin and stuffing her full, stop being so concerned
with the old her and future her. but love her now.
her presence is Gods present, you should be that.
I guess Ive been through a divorce. I'm no longer married to my phone
Im ready to be here, now.

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