He cried so loud. He cried so sad.
During his birth, his mother almost lost her life trying to save his. There were so many complications that some people said he would have been better off if he had been still born, rather than to have lived. He was an ugly baby. He cried a lot when strangers held him. They outwardly scorned him, and they secretly abused him.
A big brown medicine ball worn over his bulging naval caused him to be cut off from his little friends much of the time. He grew up in a kind, loving, and faithful sharecropper family. But he saw suffering in his family early. When he was just six years old, his family was thrust out of their home and cast into the wilderness.
This happened because his parents tried to make progress. They tried to buy some land and break the sharecroppers curse from the family. The wilderness living experience was tough. His mother’s faithful prayers helped the family to cope; the barren land, the creeks, the woods, the wild animals, the things that crawled the earth. Meeting miss Dolly, a scary but sad woman, and seeing his brother dangling over fast moving water after falling off the foot log were terrifying experiences for him.
Could he pull himself up by his bootstraps? Well, he started a self-assessment program in seventh grade. He left home at age sixteen hitch hiking, down a long, lonely, dangerous highway. He was searching for a schoolhouse.
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About the Author
Ralph has a strong belief system. He believes in the holy trinity, The Father, Son and Holy Spirit. He believes in family because family knows you better than anyone else. He believes that right over wrong leads to a more profound life. He has never been incarcerated, and neither has he ever put an illegal drug in his body. He whole heartedly believes a good educate for all, with diversity, can lift up the standards of a family, a city, a nation.
Ralph Riley also believes in the old gospel song, Where He Leads Me I Will Follow. When God asked Ralph to follow him to work in a nursing home and a mental hospital, behind the doors of misery, pain, and sadness, Ralph said he almost questioned God’s authority. Yet, he obeyed. Ralph Riley believes God gave him the strength and conscious to aid and comfort the acute and chronically mentally ill through the gifts of the spirit, love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness, goodness, faithfulness and self-control. Of these, patience, kindness, gentleness and self-control were his closest allies. Many prayers for the patients, staff, and for himself were always on his schedule.
Having been blessed to be physically strong and mentally alert all of his life, it was time for Ralph Riley to give back. He did just that. He gave back fifteen of his retirement years. Now, all that’s left to give, are his prayers-and these few words:
”Take care of your mental health. By all means, take care of your mental health. Its an unparalleled gift from God (see chapter 25).
Ralph Riley believes this is Gods mandate to all of us!