Doctor Ben Carson, the current United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, recently shared some really sad news on his profile on Facebook.
He shared on a Tuesday, back in November that his mother, Sonya Carson, had passed away.
Along with the information of her death, Carson shared a a few beautiful words and a poem about his mother. Ben often openly referred to her as his biggest inspiration and encouragement that pushed him towards academic excellence, ever since he was a boy, even though Sonya herself was illiterate and poor.
This is what Ben Carson wrote:
“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”
It looks like an exceptional tribute to an exceptional woman. Sonya Carson undoubtedly did an amazing job as a mother, raising a man like Ben Carson.
Losing a parent and a loved one is never easy, regardless of how old you are, the pain is always the same.