Power To The People…

Happy Monday!

 

These are the words that resonate with me today:

 

You get what you put in.  The amount of effort you give determines the amount of joy you receive.  If your life doesn’t please you, do something about it.  Take action, change things.  Everything you want is out there waiting for you to ask. Everything you want also wants you, but you have to take action to get it.  If you can fly, fly.  But if you can’t fly, run.  If you can’t run, walk.  If you can’t walk, crawl.  No matter how you do it, move forward.

 

These words are for me, but also for two amazing men in my life…my dad and my father-in-law.  Both strong, vital, determined men who are going through some medical issues right now that would discourage the best of us.  However, they continue to move forward and are not allowing their immediate circumstances to keep them from their ultimate goal of renewed strength and optimum health.  They are powering through, and I am right there with them!

 

R

 

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May the force be with you…

I was a bit of a late bloomer when coming to my career as a performer.  Most people know they want to do this when they’re little kids, I didn’t discover my love for performing until I was in college.

Shortly thereafter, I was fortunate enough to book my first professional show with Tony Award winning director George C. Wolfe on a Broadway bound musical called Jelly’s Last Jam.  I had the time of my life!  I was working with major talent; actors I recognized from Broadway, film and tv, and I got to play side by side with them onstage…incredible!  We successfully premiered the show in Los Angeles, and after an 8 month hiatus, we were due to begin rehearsals in New York for what would have been my first Broadway show.

I had already been chosen to continue performing my role, and was in constant contact with the casting director who told me that I needed to find a place to live in New York so I could prepare for my Broadway debut.  I was in the process of doing that, when all the phone calls suddenly stopped.  The first day of rehearsal was rapidly approaching, and I couldn’t get anyone on the phone.  Finally, I was able to get the choreographer to talk to me, and she reluctantly told me that they went another way and cast someone else…apparently one of the producers didn’t want to take a chance on me when they had someone who already had a Broadway credit waiting in the wings.

I was absolutely devastated.  It was my first real lesson on the nature of this industry.  I had a cousin, Jimmy, who was a very successful scenic artist and painter for film and tv,  and who was working at Paramount Studios at that time.  I confided in him about my disappointment.  As it happened, he was working on a film and had developed a friendship with James Earl Jones.  Jimmy told James all about me and my recent setback, and Mr. Jones took the time to write me an encouraging note on a headshot of himself…he told me not to give up, that he and every actor on the planet had been in my shoes and that I had the stuff to make it, or I wouldn’t have gotten this far.

That photograph means the world to me.  I still have it, and it means more to  me now because my cousin was taken from us far too soon and is no longer with us.

It’s a desire of mine to someday meet Mr. Jones and let him know just how much his kindness has encouraged and inspired me over the years.  Until then, I will continue to pursue excellence, follow my heart and go boldly in the direction of my dreams.  Thank you, Jimmy!  Thank you, Mr. Jones!

 

R

5 Things to Start Doing…

A brilliant repost for today:

 

 

1. Start living.

Don’t simply exist in this world, grab life’s full potential by the horns

and ride it out. Dare life to be all it can be. Make it a memorable,

gripping account of accomplishment. Make it a thrilling, challenging,

bold adventure. Make life a passionate, enduring, poetic romance.

Whatever it is you decide to do with your life, LIVE it! Get going!

Move forward, aim high, plan your takeoff. Don’t just sit on the

runway. Adjust your attitude and gain some altitude.

 

2. Start taking chances that feel right.

Life will try to break you sometimes; nothing and no one can

completely protect you from it. Remaining alone in your comfort

zone won’t either, for endless, stagnant solitude will also break you

with yearning.

You’re human. You have to love. You have to feel. You have to

strive. You are here to risk your heart by putting it into something

you believe in. If you avoid taking these chances, one thing is certain,

you will make is safely to death someday, feeling empty and

unfulfilled.

 

3. Start indulging in meaningful challenges.

What a true blessing it is that there is always work to be done.

Because the real value of any accomplishment is not in the end result,

it is in the process of accomplishment.

Success is a state of mind, and the most reliable way to reach that

state is by working mindfully through a meaningful challenge. Such a

challenge might seem somewhat overwhelming when you first

encounter it, yet as you progress through it, you transform the work

from overwhelming to fulfilling. Read The 4-Hour Workweek.

 

4. Start nurturing your real family.

Family is built with love; it’s not determined by marriage certificates,

divorce papers, and formal adoption documents. Families grow from

the heart, through mutual love and respect. The only time family

becomes nullified is when the ties in the heart are cut. If you cut the

ties, these people are not your family. If you build the ties, these

people are your family. So build ties with the right people and

nurture them with love.

 

5. Start making time for YOU.

There is objective time meant for focused work, but also subjective

time where the pulse of your life breathes – your relationships, your

awareness, your hobbies, etc.

So find the time – the time to read, to smell the flowers, to take a walk

in the wilderness, to share a laugh, to learn a fun craft, to try a new

recipe, to explore somewhere new, to really be with someone you

love, to paint your dreams, or even to just do nothing and relax for a

while.

Find time for YOU.

 

Thank you for this, Marcandangel.com!

 

R

Yes…

I am here.  I am strong.  I am evolving.  I am looking life in the face.  I am enough.  Fear will not dictate what decisions I make.  I choose love.   I am continuing to learn what loving really means, and I will love ferociously, fearlessly, courageously, loyally and with unshakeable confidence.  I am a warrior.  I am a conqueror.  I am a victor.   I choose happiness.  I choose peace of mind.   I choose positivity.  I choose hope.  I choose faith.  And I will continue to choose these things regardless of lifes’ circumstances.  I respect myself.  I honor myself by working through my areas of growth and by being completely honest, so I can diligently and effectively become my best self.

I am disciplined.  I am open.  I am tough.  I am resilient.  I am kind.  I am patient.  I am bold.  I work to get it right the first time, and if I fail, I pick myself up and learn from my mistakes.  I don’t get mired in self doubt or self condemnation, which only serves to diminish and paralyze me.  I choose to expect great things.  I choose to believe that it isn’t too late.  I choose to continue to challenge myself and I accept the fact that those challenges won’t be easy.  I embrace the fact that without challenges, change will not occur.  I am grateful that those challenges make me even stronger.

I choose joy.  I choose laughter.  I choose to build a life that I can be proud of, a life during which I will be a blessing to others, as so many have been a blessing to me.  I revel in the adventure that life is, and while I can’t tell the future, I know that who I am and how I choose to live will keep me ready for whatever comes my way.

R

As a man thinketh…

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I’ve been doing some research with people from all different walks of life over the last several months.  I can’t discuss the particulars yet, but the overwhelming theme is this:  once we fully believe that we are enough, we are.  And when that is your reality, the life you want for yourself follows.  Yep.  Sounds pretty simple…and I’ll admit, maybe a little new age and corny…but that doesn’t make it any less true.  And we all know that simple isn’t the same as easy.

If the mission is to be the best version of ourselves that we can be, that means that our thinking has to support that.  It’s essential to get rid of the acidic thinking that can erode a positive mindset, and diminish what we are capable of.  Be too busy working on yourself to judge what other people are doing.  It’s crucial to embrace possibility and nurture positivity.  In addition, we have to  be open to challenges, which rarely feels good; in fact, they’re usually freakin’ painful and punishing, but those challenges are fundamental to our growth and evolution.

Within that we learn that it is of great importance to forgive ourselves when mistakes are made, and to absolutely let go of what mires us in the past and weighs us down.  Learn from those mistakes, work not to repeat them, and let them go.  Holding on to them keeps happiness, peace of mind and success at a distance.

“Regrets are a waste of time.  They’re the past crippling you in the present.”

Create your new normal.

R

Closer…

You are closer than you were yesterday.  

The moment you’re ready to quit is usually the moment right before a little miracle of progress happens.  So don’t give up.  You were strong enough to get this far; you are strong enough to take another step.  Even when life issues you a series of roadblocks and disappointments, you can steadily achieve.  Even when you cannot make a lot of progress, you can make a little progress.  And these small steps forward add up, day after day, and ultimately lead to achievements far more impressive than those that are possible from a single effort.

 

Thank you, Marcandangel.com!!

 

R

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