Mr. Martin, a storyteller, has also used stories to inspire classrooms and youth groups in both New York and California. While living in Rochester New York he founded the BEHOLD Theater group (he hopes to kick start this again) which introduced to youth to various disciplines within the arts, ranging from Poetry to Fencing. Recently retired from the Los Angeles Unified School District he plans on taking poetry, drumming and storytelling on the road to reach a broader audience. He is currently writing a film script with hopes of releasing it sometime in 2018. His most recent book “Jus Sayin’” released in June 2017 is a myriad of thoughts he has shared over social media over the past few years.
Here are a few excerpts from Jeffery’s latest book Jus Sayin’
August 29, 2015
I’m one of those people who needs instruction but hates being instructed. That’s probably why life has to shake me up so often.
September 28, 2015
Everything seemed to be better somewhere else when I was growing up. I thought if I could just trade places with people life would be great. I had no idea about ownership of one’s own journey. I had not yet learned to laugh at myself or trust my instincts. I always felt someone, somewhere else knew better.
Life is a great teacher if you listen. It does not choose favorites. It is never completely fair. But it seems to know your potential, know what you are made of. There are no secret formulas to making life work. You dig in and you go get it.
When life and I had this conversation it was agreed that whatever obstacle it threw my way I was standing my ground, win or lose… and there would be no trading places. This was mine.
October 1, 2015
Not sure why reading hit me so hard, why it resonated with me so deeply. But the transformation began immediately. I knew this new adventure would never allow me to go back to old thinking.
I came up thinking that all fighting included fists and kicks, but books let me know very early that the real fight is a mental one.
Be prepared to win . . .
or go through life unprepared, and lose.
October 9, 2015
If I could speak to that little boy of my past with his head down, feeling out of place even amongst those he considered family I would tell him the road is going to be hard, but fulfilling, lonely, but engaging. That his angels will come from an array of backgrounds and not one will be interested in what he hasn’t done. All will see the potential of what he will do.
Yes, I would sit that little boy down and tell him he will surpass all those who tried to blanket him in limitations, and that adults who fill children with fear are broken souls who try to clip young wings that may someday eclipse them. That young boy would smile more because I would alert him to the fact that he will be more than ok, and that mediocrity will never share space with him.
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