"My third grade teacher asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I answered, "a lawyer." "My classmates laughed, thinking it impossible that someone of my background could ever be a lawyer."
San Diego, CA (PRWEB) June 7, 2010
Doug Wallace, author of the award winning memoir, Everything Will Be All Right (http://www.dougwallace.net/) is dedicated to creating poverty solutions for American children. In his memoir, Wallace tells his childhood story of living in generational poverty. "We lived in houses that rented for $15 per month and we were subjected to frequent and unannounced evictions." He tells of the hardships of living with an alcoholic and abusive father in the rural south in the 50's and 60's in heartbreaking detail. His memoir won the prestigious Indie Bound Next List Notable in December 2009 in the non-fiction category. (http://www.indiebound.org/book/9781608320042/Douglas-Wallace/Everything-Will-Be-All-Right.)
Says Wallace, “Looking back, I can see clearly how often, throughout my boyhood, I was touched by random acts of kindness that helped to shape me into the man I am today. And random acts of violence and ignorance played just as powerful a role in making me who I am.” He believes that the cumulative experiences of the past are what created the karma that enabled his to escape poverty. Wallace adds, “To the extent that opportunity came my way, it can be attributed to my past actions.”
In his memoir, the author explains that impoverished children become aware of the misery of poverty at a young age. From the first moment they become aware of their circumstances, which is usually the result of put-downs and deprivation, they search for the knowledge that will deliver truth and happiness—a pathway to a better life. More than anything, they want to live in peace. Avoiding violence—staying away from bad places, situations and encounters that can create negative outcomes are a driving force in almost every decision that impoverished children make.
As a teenager, Wallace had friends and family members who, through their choices and actions, were held in bondage to a way of life that robbed them of dignity and self-worth, and denied them a reason to hope for a better future. For those people, Wallace posed the question: “Could it be bad Karma? Is a person condemned to hard times because it is their destiny? Or, is it because of free will, the willing acceptance of one’s limitations, when there is no reason for limitations? Is it a lowering of the bar when it comes to expectations for opportunities and growth when, in reality, the opportunities are not limited?”
In his memoir, the author answers that question in this way: “I believe karma is created by our actions, and our actions are dictated by our thoughts. Karma, therefore, is what we have already created by our past actions which, in turn, will impact our future. In other words, we reap what we sow. It’s an old adage, but it is as true today as it was thousands of years ago.
As a teenager living in the crowded housing projects of east Nashville, Wallace could see how his future was dependent upon the choices and actions of the past. Says Wallace, “All my friends had dropped out of high school or were in jail by the time I was seventeen.” In the memoir, he talks about the interaction of free will and destiny. But, to the extent that everyone has choices in their behavior, Wallace believes that we are all treated equally, in that each of us has the free will to make good choices—to decide what actions we will take and what kind of character we want to cultivate. Each of us has to experience our karma of the past. If we use our free will to make bad choices, then we create bad karma, which means our destiny has reserved a space in time, where we will experience the pain of those bad choices. "Knowing that free will regulates our karma, which in turn will influence our destiny, helps to keep us on the straight and narrow—it makes us better and wiser, and it will change our reality," says Wallace in his memoir.
Wallace believes that the primary resource that people of all socio-economic groups will use to succeed in life is their character, which he believes is nothing more than a reflection of their past choices. “This primary resource is in a position to make anyone immensely wealthy, or at peace with themselves and God, or it can cause a person to suffer a heartbreaking downfall,” says Wallace. In Wallace’s case, he escaped poverty and went on to become a lawyer and a multi-millionaire. His advice to others: “All of us, as Americans, are endowed with sufficient freedoms to make choices in life. A spark of divinity, a light of love, is present in all of us– sincere efforts to perform actions in the right way will eventually be rewarded."
Doug's firm, "Wallace & deMayo P.C.", grew to become the largest of its kind in the nation, and was merged with Synovus Corporation in 1999, in one of the first and largest stock exchange transaction involving a law firm and a bank..