What My World's Like

life’s lessons…

Sep
13

I’ve been listening to myself lately — honoring my own wisdom, listening to its whispers, feeling its tugs and trying to heed its advice. This is what I’m learning…

  • On music: It’s amazing. It’s awesome. It’s super powerful. It’s healing… It’s distracting. Sometimes. When I disconnect and listen to vocal-less music, I’m connected to myself and insights on life. It relaxes me and makes life a bit more otherworldly. Ambrose Akinmusire‘s When the Heart Emerges Glistening and Robert Glasper‘s Double Booked are soothing my spirit right now.
  • On desire: We’re not supposed to have everything we think we want. Or when we want it.
  • On life: Talents are our gifts — to us and to others. Burying them only shortchanges us and minimizes our contribution. Follow your bliss.
  • Practice love. Be loving. Don’t let pain, and subsequent anger, blind you to your love. You love because you are love and expressing it is the highest joy. So express it. Live it. Be love in motion.

slow down.

Jun
28

sometimes the only way life can reveal its truth is to us is to stop us. when it halts you, don’t resist it; pay attention and take heed: slow down.

there are major lessons to walk away with. find the good. find your gratitude. find your patience. find your understanding. find your silence. find your peace.

we will find ourselves renewed when we relax into the flow of life.

life’s lessons

Feb
24
  • Be an active student of your self and your life.
    Who are you? How are you…? Why are you…?
    Life is a mirror and we are constantly being revealed to ourselves. Are we paying attention? Taking time to get quiet and distill my own energy from everyone else’s is a vital part of this process.
  • Love is freedom, not possession.
    Love the being of a person, not the having of a person. Possession is an ever-enduring illusion.
  • Choose your response.
    We are free to choose how we are going to behave and what energy we are going to bring in every moment. As much as possible, I want to choose my response deliberately. Knee-jerk reactions are an unskillful way to maneuver through life. I want to be who I want to be independent of how/who others choose to be. My mantra is “amidst it all, be love.”
  • Thank your way through it.
    There’s value even in the valley.  Everything isn’t what it seems. When we look back on our lives later, even if it doesn’t seem so now, we’ll find this amazing architecture we could’ve never dreamed of. The key, I’m learning, is to be grateful for it all. Create the meaning along the way.
  • Kindness begets kindness.
    Karma is real. Keep doing you and watch the return. I dropped $4 during a trip to the store. All I had on me was that $4 specifically to purchase some food for work. It fell out of my pocket and someone stopped me to return it. Small, yes, but still huge. 🙂 As Will Smith said, “Throughout life people will make you mad, disrespect you and treat you bad. Let God deal with the things they do, cause hate in your heart will consume you too.”
  • You are a gift.
    You are here on purpose. Your love is a gift. Your forgiveness is a gift. Even your gifts are your gifts.

What are you learning? If you’re on Twitter use the #whatmyworldslike hashtag and let’s start talking!

A deep and heartfelt “thank you!”

Jan
25

Every year on my birthday, I like to thank the people who help influence my life in some way, direct, indirect, small, large, whatever.

At this very moment, I’m overwhelmed with a sense of gratitude and love for all the lessons I’ve learned, from all the inspiration I’ve received, for all the mirrors to myself.

Thank you, my readers, for reading. For commenting. For reaching out. For helping me to understand that this journey is not one I traverse alone and that sharing my reflections is not in vain. To the friends, loved ones, associates, strangers, enemies and opposition who reflect me to myself, who challenge me to grow…thank you. To those who inspire me, teach me, receive me, and amplify my light…thank you. To the brave, the scared, the weak, the strong, the beautiful and ugly spirits…thank you for showing me where I am and where I have to go. Thank you for love. Thank you for light. Thank you for life. I am abundantly blessed & abundantly grateful. 🙂

If you ever want to experience a natural high, practice gratitude. Find reasons to celebrate life. You’ve only got this one (that you know of).

A little bit of random: lessons learned

May
15
  • The world is replete with energy vampires. Depending on your aspirations, you may have to slay them from your life.  It might not be easy, but it is critical.
  • The potential for a transformative moment always exists, even in your pain. You can find the good and end your suffering if you stop torturing yourself.
  • Life really does provide us with signs all the time. Pay attention to them and you might find yours working with a bit more ease.
  • Ego and confidence are not the same thing. Decrease one, increase the other.
  • Once again, love is a verb, not feeling alone. If your love doesn’t translate into anything, what is it, really?  Just as faith without works is dead, so, too, is love without action.
  • There will be times when you have to go at it alone…and for those times, it’s the best possible thing.  Don’t fight it.
  • Know when to let go and walk away. From addictions, arguments, situations, people, etc.
  • Clean out your life regularly. Not just in spring. But it’s spring now, so if you haven’t started, go!
  • People who make you laugh, smile, and think are heaven sent. If one person can do all three, they’re a true gem. Consider keeping them around.
  • Telling your story gives you power over it. Don’t let it hold you back.