Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Dr. Ben Carson shared devastating news on Facebook Tuesday evening- Carson’s mother, Sonya Carson, had passed away.
Carson shared a beautiful post and poem about his mother, who he had always cited as his biggest inspiration and had pushed him towards academic excellence from a young age, despite she herself being illiterate and desperately poor.
Here is Carson’s post in full:
“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.
Yourself to Blame by Mayme White Miller
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”
What a wonderful tribute to a remarkable woman. Sonya Carson must have been so proud to see everything her son had accomplished.
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