Yes, you can quietly garner the focus of attention. There may be something about your presence, your spirit or a matter of attraction that gains the attention of others. Sometimes you are seen, even when you don’t care to be seen. Here is an excerpt from Truth Being Bondage in the chapter Playing the Background.


Having to look out for my own protection I became keen on discernment. It’s one thing to see what people are presenting. As they call it, their representative. You should look out for angles. A position can be used to get closer to fulfill their personal agendas. Nonverbal communication can be just as telling. Watch how a person move as well as examine their character. There are times I do not catch it all. Fortunately, I have been able to snuff out many storms that were brewing.

My critical thinking skills would go into overdrive. All the questions a child asks are valid. At some point, it is as if we are shunned for taking a second look into things after a certain age. We are groomed to just accept everything we are presented, with no further questions. These days using your brain makes you a troublemaker. It’s a real go along to get along mentality. If beholding to deceit and lies is important to you keep it but keep that over there. I will continue to examine all people, places and things that impact my life.

I like dealing in the truth. I could care less about some fancy character someone made up or has modeled themselves after. That is cute and all, but what happens when you can no longer keep up the façade? Who will you become? Do you even know the real you?

I could imagine that Mom thought I was too young to know the truth about what happened to me. At what point do you come clean. There is never an easy time for something of that nature. That memory eventually disbanded from my mind, but it never really went away.

This story represents a moment in time when you feel 100% carefree. Just having a good time living in the moment. And in an instant, EVERYTHING can change. This excerpt is taken from the chapter ‘Outlook & Disposition’ in Truth Being Bondage by Mo Abbie. Since this book is mainly focused on an early childhood event, it is ironic how this early adulthood event almost instantly turned tragic.



Before I start on my core family. My relationship with my peer cousins, is a special one. I saved my cousins from jumping all at once. This was not intentional. We had gone to a home family gathering in Bolingbrook, IL. After we ate, one of our relatives invited us to hang out at a local park. We drove down to the location. The park was more like a forest preserve.

We were all entering early adulthood. We had a big kid moment. There was at least ten of us. We just took off running and laughing. There was no particular game, just being truly young and free. Then, I looked ahead. Faintly I thought, that looks like an express way sign. It appeared to be below where we were running. I looked again. I yelled, “STOP”! I stood still yelling STOP over and over until everyone stopped. There were no warning signs. No barriers were anywhere to be found. We had no idea that we were even on an elevation. The park had an abrupt cliff where the interstate exchange lay below. Everyone heard the warning. No one was harmed. There is a youthfulness that comes out amongst us anytime we come together. This bond has been a positive key factor in my life.