Language is magic: it makes things appear and disappear. ~ Nicole Brossard
Tuesday’s are incredibly busy at my house. I’m out the door by 7:30 in the morning with the knowledge that I won’t be pulling back in the driveway until well after 10:00 that night. Tuesday is also the night of one of my favorite TV shows, So You Think You Can Dance. Thankfully, due to the wonders of technology, I don’t have to miss this rather marvelous show. So, Wednesday night, Paris and I sat down, hit play on the DVR and were treated to some amazing dancing. Interspersed between dance sequences were some great stories designed to tug at the heart strings. The story of Shane Garcia was particularly beautiful. We were introduced to Shane in an interview with the host and we quickly found out that this kid could barely string together more than two words without stuttering so badly one practically couldn’t understand him. I remember thinking, “gosh, I hope this guy can dance, otherwise telling his story would be kind of crass!” Then he took the stage and when he was done, he had told his story in such a magical way that those of us witnessing were left speechless. This kid may not be able to have an easy-going conversation like I can, but he has learned a language that transcends words. He told us that his world wasn’t confined by the words he could barely utter anyway…his world was bigger somehow. It was pure, unadulterated magic AND a valuable lesson for me. There are all sorts of limitations that I have, whether they be imposed by society or self-imposed. Whatever those limitations, they have served at times to keep me from the abundant life I was created to live. What would happen if I realized that a limitation in one area doesn’t confine me in all areas? By releasing myself from the limitations I carry, perhaps my own magic would start to appear. It’s worth a thought!
Here’s to realizing the magic in each of us! Cheers y’all!
Success is my only option, failure is not. ~ Eminem
Recently I was flipping through the menu on the television and noticed that Showtime was airing Eminem Live from Madison Square Garden . Despite all his flaws and often raw performances, I like Eminem and as such, decided that I’d see what he had to offer in a “live” show. I tuned in just as Eminem was finishing up his last number and walking off stage. Having been to a couple of shows in my day, I waited, figuring that an encore was in order. I was not disappointed as rising above the roar of the crowd was the distinctive beat of one of my favorite tracks. As the crowded roared their approval, Eminem swaggered back onto the stage and with mic pressed to his lips began with a line that always gives me goose bumps.
Look, if you had, one shot, or one opportunity
To seize everything you ever wanted – One moment
Would you capture it, or just let it slip?
The track is from the film 8 Mile, a story loosely based on Emimen’s own life growing up on the wrong side of the tracks in Detroit. It’s raw and gritty and more than likely would be offensive to many who know nothing of that life. It’s also an incredibly inspirational film about walking with confidence through the doors that have opened. Each of us have been given moments that when gone, are often gone forever! Are we grabbing the moments that are given to us and taking full advantage of them? Or are we hesitating at the door? “You can do anything you set your mind to!”
Here’s to taking that shot! Cheers y’all!
…tonight, we are young. so let’s set the world on fire, we can burn brighter than the sun… ~ FUN
After nearly seven years in my current position with one of the largest managed health care organizations in the United States, after working my ass off, I’m doing something that frankly even a few years ago I wouldn’t have dreamed about. I’m presenting at one of our National Conferences. Sure, I’m not doing it alone, I’m part of a panel presentation, but still, it’s a big deal. I’ve been preparing for this moment for years now, at least in the abstract. More concretely, I’ve been preparing for days now. I’ve written and re-written my script. I’ve done dry runs. I’ve got it down. Here’s the deal, it’s my parents and my siblings who are the public speakers but not me, that’s never been my forte. I’ve been happy hanging outside of the spotlight. But no more, at some point recently I realized that I had something to offer and people needed to hear what I have to say. It’s been an awesome realization. I’ve been talking to my kid today about this subject. He’s super smart. He’s also a bit of a slacker…just like I was at his age. I realize now what my dad was talking about when he rode my ass (a little too hard I thought at the time). As I look at my kid, I want him to recognize just how amazing he is…and to do it much quicker than I did about myself. As I’ve aged, and become a parent, I’ve come to realize that each one of us has the ability to set the world on fire! Maybe all it takes is recognizing that we have the spark to do so!
Here’s to finding the spark that’s in each and every one of us and then burning. this. mother. down. to. the. ground. Cheers y’all!