It is so difficult, sometimes, to both honor a senior person, and then do what you believe is right for your own situation, career, or even the Oakland Raiders.
I am convinced that a balance is needed in order not to upset the apple cart in life.
I know this to be true because I have dealt with the situation and, to some extent, I am dealing with it now in my family life.
Somehow, someway, we in Raider Nation have got to find a balance. There has to be a place where we can honor the great things accomplished by the great men, like, for example, Al Davis, but adjust and adapt a style and philosophy for success which catapults the Oakland Raiders up the statistical charts, and into an arena of more honor.
Let's just say that some of us are from the old school. We were taught the first commandment of promise:
"Honor thy mother and thy father that thy days may be long upon the earth."
Let's adapt this promise to say:
Honor the NFL seniors and, in particular, Al Davis, so that the Oakland Raiders' playing days will ascend and return to a higher level of respectability and glory.
In fact, I propose that the Raider Nation suggest to the Oakland Raiders public relations or community relations department to set up an "NFL Forefather's and Father's Day."
This proposal is presented early enough for someone to take it and run with it. I am providing the vision; now someone else out there should pick it up and run with it, in the wisdom of Habakkuk 2:2 .
The only thing I ask as a Bleacher Report Senior Writer is that you invite several of us who are active on the Oakland Raiders' page of Bleacher Report.
You are probably thinking, "Is she serious?" My answer Yes, yes, yes!
On Forefather's Day, especially in the Raider Nation, we want the Oakland Raiders to arrange for several senior Raiders to make an official visit to Oakland to tell their stories of what they believe the team needs, and to talk honestly with the young guys who are playing or interacting with the position they held with the Raiders.
Hopefully, the dialogue will open the eyes and inspire the passion for excellence in the current Raiders.
And, even if these senior Oakland Raiders talk slow, walk slow, or think slow, we will be patient and loving and we will accommodate them. We will honor their past accomplishments on the playing field or in the front office.
I suggest, for example, that the Oakland Raiders contact and arrange for guys who were Raiders and who held any unique position as a leader in the NFL to come visit the young Oakland Raiders.
The young men and the old men should touch each others' lives. The old men should share ideas and teach; the young men should listen, adapt, and adjust the wisdom for the current times.
The young men and the old men should shake hands and stand shoulder-to-shoulder. Let the old men go to the locker room, visit the field, and even let the young men throw a ball to the old men in remembrance of their former days of glory.
This type of celebration and learning experience is typical in African, Indian, Jewish, and other cultures.
Since this is Black History Month, I am suggesting that we honor the dignity of the achievements of the senior NFL players, with our focus on the senior Oakland Raiders.
Yes, this proposal is submitted during Black History Month because at this point in history we realize that we must all stand together and join together in recognizing the heritage of the NFL and of America, overall.
Who knows, the entire league may adopt our proposal, and then, again, the Oakland Raiders and the Raider Nation will stand out as leaders in the NFL, in another arena of human endeavor.
And if, in fact, there are prodigal sons who have wandered off and experienced some hard times because of poor choices, let us, on this proposed day, embrace the prodigal Oakland Raiders, and run to them (including Al Davis), and say, "Welcome home. We love you."
The joy of such a reunion may be just what we need to boost our hearts and souls, and to thrust and accelerate us toward the victories we so often have made a plea for, especially during the past seven years.
I have written the vision and now you must run with it!