MojoMonday – Impressed Customer befriends ChickFilA Employee, Builds Home for Him.

Embody the change you wish to see in the world.

Welcome back to the CenterOfGravity Blog, I’ll be navigating these wild swells right along side you my friends. I hope you all had a safe and exciting weekend.

Today is MojoMonday, and I stumbled across an extremely inspiring story of kindness in my browsing. Enter Bryan Smith & Shakeel Williams.

One thing I’m always blown away by is the level of service offered at ChickFilA. The employees are always helpful, chipper, and extremely organized. It’s a welcome change from the typical low quality service experienced at the majority of fast food chains the world over.  ChickFilA has a fantastic vetting, training, and retention rate amongst the fast food contenders.

Bryan Smith was another such patron that was wowed by the service and experience that he had when he visited the ChickFilA that Shakeel Williams works at. After a brief discussion, the two kept in near constant contact after the encounter. Bryan later discovered that Shakeel was afflicted with Sickle Cell Anemia, a disease that affects primarily the African American Community. 

With medical bills piling up, Shakeel was fighting to make ends meet while also fighting for his life. A truly daunting battle for someone, regardless of their socioeconomic status. Medical bills are crushing to the average Americans finances, and lifelong illnesses such as this only compound the financial blow. It’s extremely difficult to build wealth when facing such a predicament, and this often perpetuates the cycle of poverty.

Over time, as their friendship grew, Bryan started paying some of Shakeel’s medical bills to help him get a leg up. Shortly thereafter, Bryan decided he would take his generosity to the next level. 

He decided to pull out all the stops, and eventually surprises Shakeel and his family with a home of their own. They could finally leave the dilapidated trailer their entire family shared, a blessing in a time of general animosity and mistrust amongst the populace. 

It is truly amazing that even during these times of turbulence, people like Bryan are breaking from the perceived norm and showing us that generosity and care will always trump greed and selfishness. We should try to emulate this spirit of giving, large or small, as often as we are able to. This is the root of what really makes America great, the love and compassion we show for our fellow man.


The Center of Gravity w/ Nick

Welcome to The Center of Gravity!

I’ll be your host for the evening, and yes we could experience some turbulence as we hurdle headlong through infinity at an unthinkable velocity.

Everyday, we are presented with vastly differing opinions, viewpoints, and stances on a gamut of issues affecting each and every one of our lives. Although we may feel deeply rooted in our belief systems for a multitude of reasons, we must learn as a collective that the purest truth is most commonly found in the shades of grey encompassing the middle ground, which is typically no-mans land in todays sociopolitical climate.

It is my firm belief that by hanging up our swords and shields at the door of dialogue we can slowly erode the walls of ignorance. One thing that I keep in mind when speaking to or debating those with conflicting viewpoints is that everyone experiences a completely unique set of circumstances that brought them to where they are today. We find little benefit overall in reducing our communication to simple insults and slights. There is so much to gain when we take the time to respect our fellow man enough to hear their concerns with open minds instead of daggers and arrows.

My goal is to never shut down someone simply for their point of view, but to first tease out how they crystallized their volitions in the first place.  You cannot build from the ramparts, it starts in the ground with every last piece of brick, mortar, and soil that encompasses the foundation. The roots of our lives run deep into the dirt, which is where you’ll find the origins of our fear that manifests as irrationality. This is where we will begin.

Today is the first day of the weekly roundup, aptly titled “Mojo-Monday.”  l’d briefly talk about a topic relating to something I find inspirational and open things up for discussion and comments. The list below breaks down each day and the associated topics that could potentially be covered.

  • MojoMonday – Inspiration/Creativity to stoke the week
  • TechTuesday – Mind bending research and other science/tech
  • WildWednesday – Action, Sports, and Events
  • ThoughtfulThursday – Acts of kindness/Good deeds
  • FreshFriday – Startup chatter & Think-tank

In the near future I’ll be live on Periscope talking about the topic of the day, fielding questions, and fending off the trolls. I’ll also be answering questions that are emailed or DMed to me via Twitter so feel free to throw in something relevant to the topic (or not). Thank you for taking the time to visit, and I hope you will stop by again.


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