Every Sunday evening, we knew a lesson was about to come when Lucille “Big Mama” Allen sat on the back porch resting her feet, heart and hands after working 6 -7 days a week for others then cooking a great Sunday dinner for her own family.
This particular advisory, “the longest journey in the world is from your head to your heart” was always a Big Mama PlayBook Challenge because this one required that all members of Big Mama’s family had to surrender their egos and take a deep dive to grasp this lesson.
Right in the middle of the interruption of everything, Big Mama would call out your full name then directly ask, “Terry is your head leading you to your heart or is it an expansion of your attitude (E.G.O.)
Lucille “Big Mama” had me understand that E.G.O. meant Easing God OUT and if the ego was winning then you are in trouble.
Big Mama’s advice meant that you need to work on taking what is in your head (E.G.O.) and ensure that your heart lands in the center of your thinking BEFORE you act.
Lucille “Big Mama” Allen platform was always steeped in the Biblical word. The willingness to change is driven by personal need and a renewed EGO. Big mama knew that! Her quote would be Ephesians 4:22-24.
The E.G.O feeds off the fact that some of us do not know that we do not know. We refuse to acknowledge we have an E.G.O and accept that God is not driving.
Example, a very loved and respected mother in my circle asked the men of the circle to intervene in her granddaughter’s life. She felt someone needs to “talk to her” after her granddaughter attended an event in Dallas where a man was killed and others dodged bullets, escaping death.
Hmm, as my sister, Peggy would say, “Here is the thing, you are the person in charge, you allowed her to go, 1) Did she ask for your permission or just inform you she was going? 2) Did you check out the information on the sponsors, permits and hosts of the park party? 3) is there a clear line of accountability and freedom between you the parent and her the child?
One way to get off the sidelines and step into the endgame is to use BIG Mama’s playbook challenge to travel from your head to your heart FIRST.
Think about something you know is an issue for you – take it to your heart.
I am going to sit back to see how this investigation goes with a deadly shooting that happened in the early hours of March 18, outside a bar on Dallas’ Lower Greenville Avenue. Somene allegedly shot from a car that Dallas Cowboy Kelvin Joseph was a passenger in and Cameron Ray died from a gunshot wound that night. Brother Kelvin, here is the thing, you were willingly in that mix..sooooo?
Readers, I ask that you understand that the movement up and down all the different stages of the ego is quick, so it is imperative that the journey from head to heart is done every day.
Here is my E.G.O. Notice: Think, Be quiet, think again and then drown the ego, then, act – repeat the steps because you are in Spiritual Special ED and you must repeat the class.
Email if you have an E.G.O. issue to share with me at TerryAllenPr@gmail.com
Terry Allen is an award-winning media professional, journalist, and entrepreneur. He is also the founder of City Men Cook and 1016 Media. Reach him at email@example.com