The Sunday Simpatico:
Before the Mic:
Going from standing in front of a mirror in your bedroom singing, to standing in front of an audience of 30-40 people, is a big step. Sure, a few of your friends came along to give you support, but those other folks don’t know you from Adam, Eve, or Sadie Mae. Convincing them you have talent, and they should listen to you, takes courage and a big set of…well, you know.
Performing at open mic shows can be fun and stressful. Fun because you meet new people. Stressful because you are sharing part of your soul with new people. It takes a lot for a poet, a musician, or a singer to basically stand naked in a room with strangers and pray you are accepted. Pray that your creative gift has touched another soul. When you hear fingers snapping and hands clapping, the rush sends you to a cloud.
That floating feeling is magical.
From The Mouths of Babes:
"" I want to leave a mark on this earth, I've already left a few scratches but scratches create scabs and eventually fade away "."
Good Vibes To Keep In Mind:
One day when the world has forgotten my existence,
One day when our souls stop resisting,
One day when we've learned from our mistakes,
One day when we have had all that we can take....
The wind will blow,
The grass will tickle our toes,
The trees will ruffle,
And we'll slow down the day to day hustles.
We'll hear in between sun rays,
The only kind of song that love says.
It's the truth.
Since before conception I have loved you.
So every morning I pray for your journey and the paths that you tread,
I pray for your victory before my own, even before I leave the bed.
I pray for your strength and the wisdom you'll endure,
I pray that in between the passing winds, you can hear my love whisper.
You can feel in the warmth of the day,
the hugs I have been saving for you since you went away.
I hope today comes with more joy than any mind can conceive,
but mostly I just pray that you are happy.
- Grace Givens
Peace is one of the most desired but hard to acquire commodities of this life. We spend a lot of time searching for it. We look for it in other people, things, places and circumstances. But reality is, we must create it.
Peace can only come when we control our minds and refocus our energy in creating it. We must find the good in ourselves in order to find it in anything else. Same applies for peace.
Be determined to focus on peace and that is all you will have and see.
Pursuit of Purpose:
Experience attracting the pursuit of this purpose:
“My initial experience was when I went to my first ever open mic, Expressionz, in school. From there I was referred to the live arts community and was introduced to The Art of Conversation at the age of 15. I felt a connection that made me feel alive and I thought to myself how I would reciprocate that feeling to the artistry already in place. When I was 22, I engaged in a conversation with other local artists about being starving artists and how there were times when they went hungry from not being able to live off their works. I then in turn tried to comprehend how some artists were “eating” while their “friends” were starving. In attempts to bridge that gap, pay homage to the greatness in live arts that already existed, and in attempts to connect people; I invited everyone over for dinner. And then it happened. My Ah Ha moment occurred.”
What type of support did you have:
“I had a whole lot of support. In fact the amount of support that I received both surprised and overwhelmed me. People I least expected were giving me food to cook, offering to set up, clean up, cook, go shopping for me, throw money at me, and most importantly kept showing up. On top of showing up, people felt comfortable enough to be themselves. And to see people be human is an amazing thing. To watch people relax and relate to each other without facades or big names and just be human, that was the biggest piece of support and motivation I could ever ask for.”
The inspiration to go on came from:
“If I said earning a living is what has kept me doing it for the last 4 almost 5 years off and on, I would be lying to you and me. In fact… I use the way I really earn my living as a Recreation Director Assistant, to pay for Poets For Dinner. What keeps me going is, the people. As stated above, I love watching people be people. I sincerely believe Poets For Dinner connects people on a level of humanness that cannot be seen on a daily basis. It allows people to be accepted as they are and connect with other people that have the same basic needs and wants as you do. It’s a place of love and family, even when you’re away from love and family.
Other purposes to pursue:
“At this moment, I don’t think I have fulfilled this purpose yet. I don’t think I have reached enough people yet. So to say I have found another purpose; I don’t think I can sincerely take that charge. If anything, I suppose growth is my purpose. I want to grow with and within our communities.”
The importance of mentoring:
“I think mentor-ship is a major part in the development of our youth. It truly does take a village to raise a child. People have forgotten the importance of having support in the raising of any child. I’m not just talking financial either. The emotional support of the community, the physical support and the spiritual support brings up a well-rounded individual who will care for his community rather than destroy it as so many of our lost people have done.”
What funny thing have you experienced during your pursuit of purpose?
“Hug life.” She has a beaming smile. “Without notice, without warning and without thought… Black Chakra attacked me with compliments and love and I had no choice but to attack him back in the most sincere way possible. And when we were done spewing greatness at each other in the form of compliments, we hugged it out. You would have to see it to believe it or understand it.”