Tuesday, July 11, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews
During his June 24 installation ceremony in Forest Park, Talei Thompson — a John Maxwell leadership team member, motivational speaker, business owner and the newly installed Maywood/Proviso Rotary Club president — shared, in a moment freighted with emotion, what he wants for his two teen sons as they looked from the back of the room.
He also explained the family dynamics that kept him out of trouble while growing up on the West Side of Chicago.
You can hear more from Thompson at a free reception for business owners, entrepreneurs and local leaders on July 19, 6 p.m., at Cintas Uniform Services, 1201 St. Charles Rd. in Maywood.
On his desires for his two sons
Every morning when I wake up, you all don’t know it, but I fall on my knees and asked God to give you the gift of discernment. I ask God to lead and guide you, all of your steps, and that he places inside of you the ability to make good decisions.
I pray for your futures and that God places the people around you who will give you what it is you need in order for you guys to accomplish remarkable things in life.
I just want you to know that there aren’t any two other people in my life more important than you two gentlemen and daddy loves you.
On churchgoing and staying out of trouble
One person can’t raise an individual by themselves, especially a little knucklehead boy on the West Side of Chicago — 4015 W. Van Buren to be exact.
It was a rock’s throw away from the Eisenhower Expressway, which, because of the terrible things that happen in our community, people also call Heroin Highway.
To stay safe, I listened to the things [my family] told me as a child. My grandmother told me, ‘Make sure you watch who you get in the car with.’ And when I started to drive myself, ‘Make sure you watch who you put in the car with you. You don’t know what it is they’ve done, who they’ve done something to or what it is they have with them.’
My mom raised me in Sunrise Missionary Baptist Church and kept me active so I wouldn’t have an idle mind.
Every Monday, I went to practice for the Sun Rise basketball team. Every Tuesday at 6 p.m., I went to Bible class at that same church. Wednesday, I had a little break. On Thursday, I went to senior choir rehearsal and watched my mother, who sang in that choir. Friday, I had another little break.
On Saturday, it was time for me to participate in my own choir rehearsal with the junior choir. And on Sunday, I went to church and had a great time in fellowship in church.
It is because of that decision that I can honestly say that I went this way and not that way. I thank my mom for that. VFP
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