Here is the thing…

If you want to write for a living, then you must write.

If you want your voice to be heard, then you must speak.

If you want people to listen to what you have to say then you must say what is on your mind – how will you know if they like what you have to say if you don’t venture out of your safe little bubble and say what you have on you mind.

I was watching the 2006 movie Akeelah and the Bee – an excellent movie, by the way…

In one scene, Akeelah, played by Keke Palmer, was reading a quote by Marianne Williamson, to her mentor Mr. Welch, played by Curtis Armstrong (one of my many favorite actors):

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same…

What an empowering saying; and so true. I fear not failure, failure means that I can justify huddling in the bubble of my life, grumbling day to day about the miseries that make up being who I am…

However, do I not want my children to empower their own lives? How better to show them to cast aside their fear by casting aside my own fear and doing what I love to do – I love talking to people, I love speaking my mind, I love when someone hears me and likes what I say, or hears me and gets angry by my words and speaks their own mind.

I don’t want to be anonymous!

Wow, did I just say that? Did I really mean it?

Yes, it is true, the pain and glory of anonymity is a lonely pain, an empty glory!

I want to shout, “Hey, I don’t care that those who do not speak for the average movie goer thought that After Earth sucked, I loved it! I loved that Will Smith played Jaden Smith’s father. I want to see more movies like The Last Airbender, and Red Dawn (the remake was awesome, I was glad to see that they didn’t totally kill the story line, I’ll even forgive them for killing the main character at the end – jerks!) I don’t want gore and violence put in a movie just because Hollywood believes that an R rating will sell more (I give you Star Wars as an example).

I could list movie after movie, G rated, PG rated, and though PG-13 is very hit and miss in my mind – I actually prefer some R’s over PG-13’s thank you very much… but I digress, movie after family friendly movie consistently take the big screen by storm and still they don’t get it. The world is made up of couples and families begging for good, adventurous, dramatic, exciting movies that we can watch and walk out of the theater without saying “That would have been an excellent movie without all the bad language, or the excessive gore…”

Wait, I don’t think this post was originally about movies… what was I talking about?

Oh yeah, anonymity – good word, scary word if you think about it.

I love small towns; do you know why I love small towns? No, not a mind reader? Don’t know me well enough? Well, I’ll tell you why; because you cannot grow up in a small town and remain anonymous. Everyone knows everyone. You have to really. Work. Hard. for years, and years, to stay away from everyone, everywhere, because if just one person sees you, your anonymity is busted! (“Guess who I saw in the Piggly Wiggly the other day…”)

So here I am, a new year, still plugging away at making myself anonymous no more.

It doesn’t matter how long it takes to accomplish a deed – working my website regularly in my case – as long as you don’t give up, you will eventually succeed!


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Different things

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It’s funny how different things affect different aspects of your life, and yet everything is ultimately linked. So many things have happened over the last few months, spectacular things, amazing things, life things…

And yet, life remains this constant battle to move forward, to continue on a path set forth by what has happened before.

Life is devious. It doles out hope for the future, at the same time it dashes dreams of the past into oblivion. Hopes and dreams become reality at the same time hopes and dreams fade, only to disappear into obscurity. How strange this life is. Is it no wonder that some choose to exit life on their own terms, however, regardless the method, it is the coward’s way out. Is it not our responsibility to do our best to make life the best we can make it? Is it not our privilege to accomplish the goals we set – alas, we first need goals to set forth.

And what are your goals? Not the goals that give you something in a set period of time, but the goals that make a difference to the workings of the world.

To smile at a stranger, lend a hand to a neighbor, shake hands with a potential enemy, step back to allow someone else to take the glory… shed some light on the world, send a message of hope, experience the satisfaction of spreading peace, however insignificant to the world you mingle with.

Really, aren’t those the types of goals that matter? In the long run, isn’t that what makes the world worth living in?

The other day I saw a video of things that get caught on security cameras, good things, things that uplift the world, things that should be the focus of our world, not the things that bring us down, but the things that lift us up; it’s called: Random Acts of Kindness Caught on Security Cameras all over the world!

This year, I have challenged myself to create a happier world, not for myself, but for the people around me. I will smile more, I will compliment more, I will see more of the good around me, I will focus on the positive and share it. I will speak kindly of those that piss me off…

The list goes on, but you get the gist… at least I do, and that’s what counts.

I invite all who read this to do the same – let’s create a better world together, not for ourselves, but for everyone else.