MountainWings.com Issue # 1020
MountainWings - The Daily Inspirational E-Mail
Helping You Over The Mountains of Life
So what about Jesse?
An inspirational and entertaining e-mail should stay
away from controversial stuff but these are the
things that we all deal with daily.
So what about Jesse?
Jesse Jackson was the major subject of conversation
today. For those of you that have been off hiking in
a deep cave somewhere where neither, tv, radio, e-
mail, cell phone or pager could reach (that's about
the only way you didn't hear about Jesse's child)
here's a brief summary.
Jesse Jackson released a press statement that he had
a two year old child by a woman who worked for him.
Of course this is not his wife.
Nothing has ever ignited public curiosity like a good
sex scandal. I use the word "good" not referring to
the thing as good, but from a gossip standpoint, it's
unbeatable. Just as the Monica thing held the
headlines for so long, Jesse will now have his share
of the limelight.
So what about Jesse?
Was Jesse wrong? Of course he was. That is not the
point of this MountainWings. No matter what his
reasons, the simple virtue of him being a national
religious leader warranted him not projecting such an
image. He was wrong, period.
Have you ever been wrong?
I hear some of you saying, "not today, and I didn't
make a mistake that big".
More accurately, the world doesn't put your mistakes
on TV and you just didn't get caught with some of the
things you did.
Neither your opinion nor mine matters to Jesse or
Bill. They both have a hell storm of opinion
already. Even now Clinton is being drawn in because
Rev. Jackson visited Clinton with the pregnant woman
at the White House. Your voice simply won't be heard
amidst the clamor of media and the public.
In other words, it doesn't matter to them what you
say or think, they will never know.
But your opinion does matter. It matters to you.
How you judge others shapes your world, your heart
and your view.
Give them a break, for your own sake.
Can you carry 300 pounds on your back the length of a
"What does 300 pounds and a football field have to do
with Jesse?" you ask.
Some men, very strong ones, can carry 300 pounds on
their back down a football field.
Some can but the vast majority can't.
Most have NO IDEA of the pressures of the famous and
public life. For famous, good looking, powerful,
ambitious, highly motivated and driven men to even
walk through an airport is an experience to behold.
The crowd surrounds them. They want autographs, a
word, a touch, a picture, an acknowledgement, or even
just a glimpse. When you see a really famous person
just driving down the street your heart speeds up.
Just being in the vicinity excites you. The crowd
Some of that crowd consists of very beautiful and
Not prostitutes or loose women, but women that are
awed by the presence and power of such men. Under
normal circumstances they would never consider a
These are not normal married men. They are
To constantly deal with EVERY DAY women that
literally throw themselves at you, (no not all of
them do but it doesn't take but one every now and
then) is a great weight. It's like carrying 300
pounds on your back down a football field. Most men
can't carry that load.
Neither Jesse nor Bill succumbed to the public women.
Bill had some rumors as Governor but nothing
significant except Monica as President. This is the
first public revealing of Jessie's dalliance. Both
were not with women from the public, but women they
worked around each day. One common statement was
that Monica was not exactly gorgeous. Oh, you heard
(and probably said) that too. It wasn't about
A picture of the mother of Jesse's child has not hit
the media yet, (it will) but I will bet people will
say that Jesse was not with her for her great beauty
either. Both Bill and Jesse had very beautiful women
available to them. They carried that load well. It
was the everyday things that got to them, not the
glamorous and exotic.
So it is with our lives.
It's the everyday things, not the exotic, that
usually makes or breaks our world.
Jesse got weak. After a long marriage, five
children, maybe the typical male middle or late age
crisis, a young woman, a seeming reassurance of
manhood, Jesse got weak.
I have seen the constant everyday pressure
celebrities undergo. I have been in the presence of
a few, including Jesse Jackson. Jesse was the guest
speaker at a function that my father hosted more than
20 years ago. He was famous then. The crowd
surrounded him then. He could barely get through the
Celebrity weight is more than 300 pounds and it's
longer than a football field. It's easy to say what
you would not do but then you don't carry the weight
and you are not in the position. Don't even begin to
judge it unless you have experienced it. Everything
looks easy on TV and in the movies.
A celebrity is a celebrity everywhere but in their
own homes. When they get home, they are regular folk
with regular problems plus 300 pounds. Think about
Think of the things that you have to resist that come
at you each day.
How do you do on your diet?
See what I mean?
I make no excuses for Jesse or Bill, but I do
understand the weight and I cannot judge.
Neither can you.
Most who crucify cannot stand the light of public
scrutiny themselves if the public knew the truth.
One day, maybe not this day, but one day, you too
will make a major mistake. It won't make national
headlines or even local news. No one may know about
it but one other person. From that one person you
will need understanding and forgiveness.
It's a lot easier to get understanding and
forgiveness when you have given it.
Far too often, we are unable to forgive ourselves for
Jesse's most popular saying is, "I am somebody".
He is somebody, he is a mixture of dust and divinity
as we all are.
He is now a somebody with one of his mistakes made
public.The dust needs understanding and forgiveness, for
most dust gets weak under heavy loads.
So what about Jesse?
That's up to you.
Remember, he won't hear what you say about him,
But you will.
Could you stand your greatest mistake made public?
p.s. You received MountainWings twice yesterday.
That was a mistake in the scheduler program that
I made. At least that mistake
won't make TV.
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