“Every person you meet is either a teacher or a mirror.”
Beyond space and time, the stories that we participate in are influenced by karma and experience. When I say stories we participate in I am talking about the day to day emotions and words that drive our behaviors. These stories are not new. How we will internalize them today is the only thing that is new! What if we began with who introduces us to the stories? How can you react differently today? How can you show empathy towards a passionate person or sympathy towards a negative person? Today, decide if every person you meet will be a teacher to influence a different karma tomorrow or if they will be a mirror to garner you with strength.
speak on love,
While my first writing love is poetry, my first on stage love is the theatre. My BA is in theatre from Grambling State University and I performed all through high school and college in various genres. I ultimately moved to Los Angeles with the dual mission to become an actress and writer. As I continued to write, I fell in love with the dance of words in poetry and began to perform as a performance poet. The rest is history. I’m not sure if I chose poetry or if poetry chose me but we damn sure got married!
My full circle story… June of 2016 I received a call that an upcoming television show needed a writer of poetry for the series because the lead character parlayed as a poet in her downtime. The show, “Rebel”, is backed by executive producer and oscar nominated/emmy award winning director, John Singleton. Without hesitation, I accepted! And a few weeks later, I was told that I was being written in as the lead actresses’ poetry rival. Having not prayed on being an actress in years, they were being answered some 15 years later. So off to Los Angeles I went…
Two of my poems had already been accepted and taped for the series so I was showing up as not only an actor for an episode but a writer. MIND BLOWING!!! I was so nervous that my lines would not stick in my memory. I was so nervous, I shut down and was totally shy and quiet on set. But I was there and had to perform.
from the root? from perception? from the experience? when does sugar become sweet?
For me it is from the experience. And it is probably this for most others since we are not physically sugar canes. Be that, when does art become good? When is a love affair over? When is enough enough? When am I a bad parent?
These are all boundaries I have created for myself. My own little box I keep painted and maintained to look like my body with smooth brown skin. Perhaps like my mother felt when rearing my sister, brother and I, she was doing the best she could. She was doing what she knew and felt best at that time. And at times her decisions were based on her personal needs and I encountered moments of disappointment. However, what made me feel this way? The root, the perception or the experience?
It is all.
My oldest niece lives with associate disorder. (I have accepted this is the nice way of saying early stages of schizophrenia.) She dissociates herself with authority. She is bold and impulsive and therefore dissociates herself with effect. I am her guardian and have experienced bouts of fear and anger and sadness with this realization. Even though my sweetheart is an honor roll student in middle school, she does not understand these conversations I have with her. I can tell by the narrowing of her eyes. She just knows she is being scolded for “something”. When does her sugar become sweet? At her root? Her perception? Her experience? Is there truly an impact for her to acquaint with when she, like everyone else, is simply living out her karma?
Fear is the unknown. And like any parent, I send myself in frenzied panic attacks over her future. But when free from ostentation, I can empty my mind and live with her sugar being sweet under all three possibilities. Therefore declaring her a whole person.