Greetings! and… HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Our January Tap Into Transformation was a wonderful event. Jeannine and I enjoyed the presence of regular attendees plus a few newcomers, which is always exciting for us. Our dancing was powerful and fun as we created steps from our own joys and challenges. After our intermission during which we enjoyed a delicious meal we premiered the game SHARPETTES®. I recently received a trademark on the word and have now developed a board game, which is in prototype mode. Stay tuned for further developments.
The band that Jeannine and I are in, called Knob Mentality, played at the Boulder Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship on January 12 for a special concert. The concert was a benefit for Tariro, a grassroots non-profit working in Zimbabwe to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS by educating young women and girls. We had a blast playing and listening to the other groups from the Kutandara Center where we are learning this beautiful instrument, the marimba.
Next month I will be performing at the California African American Museum in Los Angeles on Feb. 2, at 1pm. It happens to be in the museum complex right across from my alma mater, USC. I am, to say the least a little excited. Please tell anyone you know who may be in the area to come. There will also be other performers for this African American History Month celebration, so this should be a great time for all.
I have a book signing and performance coming up at Barnes and Noble in Boulder on February 15th at 1pm in honor of African American History Month. I will sing, perform my poetry and even tap dance to illustrate how the arts contributes to the ability to meet, befriend and transcend life’s obstacles to find peace and joy! Please join me!
Okay, now check this out.
I kind of like this year’s number, 2014. Why?
Because I was born on 2/4.
So let me say it: This is gonna be MY year!
Have you ever said that? Right, then what happened?
New Years resolutions and statements like the above come with their own unwritten warnings and small print. You know the saying, ”People plan, and God laughs.” Of course, it is useful to plan, to decide what you want to accomplish and go for it. It is just that we live in this thing called life. And well, you know the other saying, “The best laid plans of mice and men.” I am sure we have all had our share of experiencing that, yet we can keep hope alive by saying, “Next year!!” which of course is now THIS YEAR. (Can you hear God laughing?)
Well, as my dad use to say, “Keep on livin’ an’ see what happens.” And Doris Day sang the famous words, “Que Sera, Sera, whatever will be will be, the future’s not ours to see, Que Sera, Sera.” This song won the Oscar for best song in the year of my birth,1956. What synchronicity!
So you see, it is already a very auspicious beginning for me (Okay, so I may be reaching a bit). Of course the word auspicious means conducive to success; favorable. But then, I am reminded of the words of Jesus saying, “I have come to announce the favorable year of our Lord.” This is an announcement of a new era, which we are still in; an era of personal liberation and freedom. An era where we are free to grow and become at our own pace, according to our own talents, skills and opportunities.
So, it appears it has actually been my year EVERY year. Karma, as well as the adage “What goes around comes around”, and The Golden Rule all have their say, also. So, where do you net out on all of this? How much control do you think you have over what happens in your year? And how do you tend to react and respond when things do not pan out like you have planned?
It seems, at the very least, that there is plenty of room for personal growth and spiritual development open to all of us, including perspectives on life that are increasingly more vast and expansive, and insights that take us into deeper understandings, if we are willing to go there and do the work.
I think the best statement I can make is that I plan to be open to Spirit’s leading while following through with the things to which I feel called. But what I know I have control of is how I AM in life. I have on my phone the words Be Love – Be beautiful. That is something I am committed to this year. Maybe if I stay more consciously aware of this commitment it will happen. After all, POWER is spelled c-o-m-m-i-t-m-e-n-t.
What are you committed to this year?
Whatever it is, may you have Power For Life Now.