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A High-Value Reflection: On the Loss of Kevin Samuels

I paid attention to Kevin. While his values and approaches were controversial, like him, I am a Black male life coach. Just like Kevin (we also share the same name), I have a lot to say regardless of how our perspectives may or may not diverge.

In light of his passing, here are a couple of lessons that I have learned and would like to share with you.

Lesson One

Tomorrow is not promised. Since the inception of the pandemic, we saw Kevin Samuels swiftly gain popularity and notoriety. Whether we agreed with him or not, we were drawn in by his rhetoric and the reactions and narratives of his viewers. None of us thought that this chapter would end, after all how could his work be finished when it was just beginning? I really appreciate the saying that says, “history is history, tomorrow is a mystery but today is a gift, that’s why we call it the present.”

Lesson Two

When You mourn others, you mourn yourself. My mother taught me this saying as a young adult. She taught me that I must always forgive and show respect to those who have passed on. I love that saying because it reminds me that at the end of the day, we are all immortal. Many people have taken to social media to express their contempt for Mr. Samuels often expressing their joy in his passing but as a Christian social worker, I find this problematic.

At the end of the day, when life is over, we will stand in front of God, who will judge us and not man. Those with hate in their hearts for Kevin Samuels will also be judged the same way. Oftentimes, people like to count one’s sins, but that righteous judgment is better left to the Lord, and let’s be thankful that he forgives us and does not show the same unkindness we show to others in life and in death.


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