Food For Thought: Seat Fillers

Food for Thought: Seat Fillers.

Actions speak louder than words.  So even in silence and pain, hold your head up high. Let the tears fall but then wipe them away. I once read somewhere “if you have tears in your eyes, how can you see the stars”? review-logo

Vulnerability is a very sensitive and touchy subject to tap into nowadays. However, I want to open up this forum for us. Food for thought: Sometimes you have to look at where you came from and realize if this moment of turmoil and sadness matters in the whole span of it all? Does it matter? Do the people who hurt you matter? Does this one moment in your life matter? If yes, then you must recognize it as a building stone.

Think about seat fillers for award shows…stay with me here. They are placed in the theater to give the illusion of presence and fullness. Just like the purpose of a seat filler, there are people in our lives that are just there for “fluff”: their purpose is to cushion and comfort you in this particular moment or season. Yet, honestly you must be able to delineate their purpose. I am speaking on people rather than specific situations because as artists much of our creative progression and methods depends on the collaboration of others. By truly defining what the other is and their purpose can provide some peace in your life shifts.

No I am not saying to go and start eradicating people from your life but moreso be cognizant of others and their energy. Let this be a lesson: not all moments are meant to be a part of your lifespan. Some are just space fillers.

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Cover.

Cover.

Do Not Judge Yourself by Your Cover.

Sounds simple, right? It is easy to reflect on the outside of ourselves: see all the wounds, years of stress and weight. Yet behind that beaten exterior is the soul of a person who KeepCalm53is pure and strong. We sometimes look outward because we are afraid to harness the strength and power that is within. Sometimes that power reveals a side of us that is fearless and mighty; sometimes our inner spirit contradicts the steely or even shy exterior that we have developed over the years.

You may have a look of a solider on the outside but deep down you are fragile and the beauty of that is: there is a balance. You should embody both. It is amazing how sometimes we feel that we need permission to do or feel certain things. Like society or perhaps your our perceptions place limitations on our skills and abilities. No one said you couldn’t do this or that but somehow you have managed to “cap” yourself. Why? Why do we do that? What is even more fascinating is when the universe pushes against the grain and shows you what you have been hiding from: your own potential. We are not limited to the constraints that the world holds us under: we are not just emotional creatures or selfish beings, we are human. We are capable of growth and discovery. Just because we get older does not mean we stop progressing.

As I do not encourage extraneous vanity, I honestly have my days that I just take a long look in the mirror. What is being seen of you in this world? What do you see of yourself? Most importantly, how do you feel about it? There is a saying: if you don’t like something about yourself, change it.

Try this: accept yourself and then adjust yourself, if necessary.

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Re-Routing.

Re-Routing.

Patience and diligence are the key to any progression. You must have patience in KeepCalm52knowing that your hard work will pay off, but most importantly you must be diligent in your actions. Aim and go for it! Reach for your goals; nothing should stop you. There may be detours along the way but you must re-route yourself to reach your destination.

Say for instance, you are going up for a promotion for the 3rd or 4th time and each occurrence you miss the opportunity. Perhaps you should try adjusting your approach: Continue reading

Honest.

Honest.

What does it mean to be honest? Fair? Open? Upfront? One thing that I adore about the arts is the open forum provided for self-expression. You can express yourself artistically through visualizations or even using words. There is a saying: if you cannot be honest with yourself then who else can you be honest with? No need to put on a façade: embrace who you truly are.

Sometimes we try and live life as one KeepCalm51thing or one way to fit in: go with the flow. Why? I am not saying to go rogue but literally why is there always a need to fit in? Normalcy is something deliberate and Life just happens. Be present. If there is something you do not like, then say it! If there is something that you agree with, then do it! Be upfront right then and there. If something does not sit well with you, then get up!

Don’t stay in a situation that compromises who you are as a person. Never do that; it will only lead to regret. Believe me, I know. It gets to a point that you start feeding yourself on false hopes and measures: “it will get better or it won’t always be this way.” While I believe that everything can go up, we sometimes need stronger discernment to know when it will not. Your gut or initial feelings may be incorrect, but the truth of the matter is that you went with yourself. There are consequences on both sides of this however and because of that you must consider those. It is not fair to only think of yourself, but never place yourself at 2nd place.

Take time and check in with yourself: if it calls for you to have a conversation with just you, do it! No, you are not “insane” for taking time to key in on your needs. I express this principle so much in this blog because it was that very notion that allowed me to even become a blogger. I calmed myself, looked around, and Continue reading