After Ben Carson ran for President of the United States, the famed neurosurgeon became even more well-known across America. Although his bid for the presidency failed, he still found his place within our government, later becoming the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. His genuine character compels people to care, and after he recently announced some tragic news to the public, he’s in desperate need of America’s prayers.
Before becoming Secretary of Housing and Urban Development and a world-renowned neurosurgeon, Dr. Ben Carson grew up in an impoverished household, but his mother was driven to see her sons succeed.
In fact, when his mother, Sonya Carson, realized that her sons were falling behind in school, she immediately stepped up her parenting to ensure that they were able to prosper. She forced them to read two books a week, with written reports, to get them to excel in their studies.
It seems her strict educational outlook worked, considering how far Ben Carson has come, and the good doctor gives her the deserved credit.
“My mother did that. She saw that I was a terrible student, she recognized that people who were successful tended to be well-educated,” Carson said, according to IJ Review.
As a result of Sonya’s persistence, Ben Carson went on to graduate high school, college, and medical school. He got married, became the director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins University, ran for president, and is now Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.
However, Carson has recently shared news on social media that reveals why he needs America’s prayers. Unfortunately, his mother and number one fan passed away, leaving him mourning the loss.
The post, which was shared around 6:00 pm on Monday, explained, “Today, November 6, 2017, we lost my dear mother, Sonya Carson. Although she came from an impoverished background with very little formal education, she somehow understood how success was achieved in our society. If anyone had a reason to make excuses, it was her, but she absolutely refused to be a victim and would not permit us to develop the victim mentality either. Whenever we made an excuse, she quoted the poem ‘Yourself to Blame.’ The poem is included in this post. May she rest in peace.”
Today, November 6, 2017 we lost my dear mother, Sonya Carson. Although she came from an impoverished background with…
The poem included in the post seemed to encompass Sonya’s spirit entirely. Although she may have been poor and uneducated, she knew that the only way to encourage her children to be successful was if she taught them to work for it. For that, she was undoubtedly a successful mother.
The poem “Yourself to Blame” by Mayme White Miller, that Ben Carson referred to in his post, reads as follows:
If things go bad for you
And make you a bit ashamed
Often you will find out that
You have yourself to blame
Swiftly we ran to mischief
And then the bad luck came
Why do we fault others?
We have ourselves to blame
Whatever happens to us,
Here is what we say
“Had it not been for so-and-so
Things wouldn’t have gone that way.”
And if you are short of friends,
I’ll tell you what to do
Make an examination,
You’ll find the faults in you…
You are the captain of your ship,
So agree with the same
If you travel downward
You have yourself to blame.
Sonya was the driving force in Dr. Ben Carson’s life, leading him to achievements that most of us can hardly imagine, regardless of the circumstances he was born into. He attributes much of his success to her as she taught him about perseverance, drive, and hard work. This man has come far, and it is because of his mother’s parenting skills which instilled a work ethic in him.
As conservatives continue to encourage society to raise children who understand the need for hard work to get what they want, Carson is the proof that these principals work. Clearly, hard work pays off, and if parents raise their children this way, America will continue down the road of becoming great again.
Not only should we all be praying for his loss, but we should honor Sonya’s memory by praying that her outlook can be spread to others across the country who aspire for their children to be a success. It doesn’t matter the hand you are dealt. It’s all in how you choose to play those cards.