Joseph R. Brown was born on January 13th, 1973 at White Memorial hospital in East Los Angeles, California. He grew up with his three sisters, (Perla, Gaby, and Mary) and his mother, (Mama Yoli). Joe lost his father when he was just a little over a year old. Joe grew up in various parts of Los Angeles. Mama Yoli did her best to provide for her children over the years as a single parent. The love and support that Joe received from his sisters and mother helped shape him as a human being. There were numerous challenges that Joe faced as a child. The Voice – A Human Journey is a memoir that recollects the good times and bad times that a young man endured during the early part of his life in California.
Joe’s passion for writing and his compassion for others manifested from these trials and accomplishments. It was the poetry and prose that assisted Joe in processing the pain and joy that at times overwhelms a young person. Joe’s expression with written word is a process that helps him heal from time to time. Over the years, more and more people have experienced the same healing attribute of Joe’s writing. By the end of 2010, The Voice – A Human Journey had reached over 2,000 members in nearly 100 countries on Facebook after one year of its inception. The group reached this amount of people simply by word of mouth. It is Joes’ belief that if you BELIEVE IN OTHER PEOPLE AND SHARE YOUR COMPASSION WITH THEM; MANY OF THESE PEOPLE WILL ALSO BELIEVE IN THEMSELVES AND RECIPROCATE THE UNCONDITIONAL LOVE…
Joe is a very spiritual person who believes in humanity. He was raised Catholic but he doesn’t practice a religion. Instead, he is open to all faiths that have a positive loving nature and bring goodness to the earth. Joe perceives the world and all of its inhabitants as ONE entity. Joe will often say; “it is our choice to discover this oneness with all living things. If you want to achieve peace in your life, you will have to learn how to give for the sake of giving and love in the Agape way. Because in the end, nothing matters as much as the love you give to others. I believe in you.”
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People of all ages and ethnicities are familiar with the Voice. While challenges may differ from person to person, the mental and emotional conflict at the center of our decisions is common. We must all make difficult choices regarding our place in this world. The next time you pick one path over another, listen to the voices of your family, friends, government, peers, and even strangers. Then pay the closest attention to the voice that comes from within yourself. You are at the helm of your destiny. You are responsible for your journey.
So many of us avoid making difficult decisions. Too many of us sacrifice our amazing potential to chance. There are times when it just seems so much easier to do nothing than to fight for something we believe in. This is when we should listen very closely to the inner voice that speaks our hopes and dreams. We must realize that adversity is what makes each accomplishment so precious. Face your doubts and fears and be true to yourself.
I Believe In U
My cousin Juan turned to me and said, “So you’re going to college soon?” “Yep,” I said as nonchalantly as possible. He looked down at his food and said in a soft voice, “I’m probably going to learn a trade pretty soon so I can help my brothers and sisters.” He looked up at me as if I were the tallest man on earth. “Primo,” he said. “I wish I was like you, I wish I had your life. You are like a dream to me.” For the very first time, I felt an overwhelming sadness. At that moment I knew that nothing would ever be the same for me again. I knew that I had to make a difference in the world because a fourteen-year-old boy named Juan would have done anything to find out what it meant to be me. So I started writing. I write about every feeling and thought. I live my life as if there is no tomorrow, and I do this in honor of my aunt, her children, my cousins, my uncles, my immediate family.. and you. Because in the end, nothing matters as much as the love you give to others. I Believe In U TED.
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