I stand in love and solidarity for women’s rights. Women’s rights are human rights. And today’s Women’s March represented dignity, equality and inclusiveness for all people, all color, all race, all gender, all forms of life. This is why I write. This is why I’m an artist. It is to unite through words or music or art — to advocate Love over fear. My wish is to forward an inclusive loving world. Namaste #WomansMarch
“You cannot discard elders like an old shoe. They still have a lot to offer, still” —Cicely Tyson on Oprah’s Masterclass
A two and a half hour drive home from visiting my Dad this weekend was heavy hearted. The first time seeing him, now in a nursing home, one that, he never thought he would be in, pleads to get out of arguing he is still self sufficient and of value — of which, I agree.
Agism, implying that over a certain age, we are viewed in decline in our effectiveness and efficiency. That our inherent worth somehow dissipates in time. Elders matter.
Aging parents, our brothers and sisters, and soon enough — each of us, having life lessons to pass on will face similar concern. For generations, our ancestors have passed the knowledge — sent us the information necessary for a sustainable future.
In my mid twenties, I worked as a homemaker for Child and Family Services Elder Care Program. The truth is, what I learned from my clients cannot be bought or taught through formal education. Everyone has a unique message in life, about life, and the gift we came here to give — doesn’t end at 60, 70, 80, 90 or 100.
Elders are invaluable. Have we have lost our understanding that behind the mask of aging lives the wisdom of ages? Have we misplaced the patience for waiting on little bits of lost memory to return heroic life journeys that wait for longing ears?
Missing in a reality TV culture is the understanding that we are all souls in human body’s sharing life experiences. How arrogant we have become to think — we are only of value during a certain age bracket.
I look up to and applaud age-irreverent artists like — legendary singer Steven Tyler, avant-garde artist and humanitarian Yoko Ono, esteemed architect, the late Philip Johnson and visionary pioneer in women’s health, Christiane Northrup — for they are breaking cultural beliefs.
Thanks to these and so many other artists, writers, and performers, we are redefining age. There is a new voice emerging that shines light on the fact that our elders have a message and it’s our charge to find out what they are here to say and carry it forward.
It is our duty to further their work. For they were scientists and doctors, writers and philanthropists, novelists and dancers, for they were poets and priests with a promise.
One of my former clients, Jeanne, inspired me to write this song in 1992. It is titled The Rose and its Thorn. The words written so long ago are echoed here today. “I promise you, I will sing for you, all the words you wish to be heard. I’ll go out in the world — and you shall be heard….”
My ending thought is simple. Just listen.
Wrapping it up succinctly is this quote from Yoko Ono’s open letter in February 2015 “Don’t Stop Me”.
“Let me be free. Let me be me! Don’t make me old, with your thinking and words about how I should be.” —Yoko Ono Lennon
“Becoming more connected with our love, we are then called to reach out to friends, neighbors, communities and countries – co-creating our evolution. Inspiring global thinking.”
-from MERGING WORLDS
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WAKING INSTANTS: AMBROZINE
About 18 years old, I worked in a small hardware store located about 100 feet from Narragansett Bay in Newport, Rhode Island — an international sailing port that brought people in from all over the world.
Ambrozine was from Trinidad and spoke English in a way that I had to listen deeply to fully understand what she was asking of me. She would drive up in her old station wagon to purchase supplies for her latest project. At about 80 years old, she loved talking and interacting with people and she sometimes brought “workers” with her to help with her projects.
Ambrozine said to me often “you don’t belong here”.
Those four words changed the trajectory of my life because I carried her spirit forward into situations where I needed to continue striving to fulfill my life purpose. I used the words “you don’t belong here” as a mantra of sorts to remind myself to stay on purpose. To stand up when I got nocked down. To find strength and courage when I was in a storm of adversity. Seeing her determined eyes and her lips saying to me “you must keep going, you must follow your heart”.
Thank you Ambrozine. #Gratitude #WakingInstants #PeopleThatMakeADifference
Let me hear only the voice of creation, I in that, feel peace.
We are not alone — there are others here. Our life purpose as “SPIRITUAL POTENTIALISTS” is to find each other, co-create, and help TRANSFORM our world of fear into a PLACE of LOVE. #YES #YesWeCan #People #Potential #Positivity#Possibility #Quote #CoCreate #Community #NoFear NoFearFriday #NoMoreFear #letsdothis #businesspartners #futureleaders
Here’s the thing about social media. You can use it to meet really great people! Last Saturday, I had the opportunity to meet up with my friends, inspirational singer/speaker/author, Noelle Marie Amendola and her husband Vince, at a Starbucks in my neck of the woods, as they toured through New England. What a blessing! Be sure to check out her website at – noellemarie.com!
I express much gratitude Noelle Marie Amendola for featuring my work, YesRising, and book, Merging Worlds, on this Episode of Coffee Time! So glad we met in person and yes, we are kindred spirits inspiring each other’s journey for sure. Be sure to watch Noelle’s updates about her School for Dreamers and about her new book “Activate Your Power”! I highly recommend watching this and ALL the Coffee Time shows!