Saturday, June 28, 2008

Dreaming More Than Others Think is Practical

Fantasia and I during Disney's Dreamers Academy in January 2008.

I try to listen. I do. It's a process…learning to be still and be guided. And to trust God when he says, "When I move, you move." Which conversely means, that you're not always in motion. Sometimes you gotta chill.

I've learned that being compelled will often lead me to do what I need to do. And for those things I don't need to do, I'm not compelled to do it. I try to follow this instinct, but sometimes I ignore it. Again, it's a process.

Oftentimes we wait to do things because we want to have all of our pigeons in order, all our business just right. Which is fine, it's fine to be prepared. But the preparation can be so overwhelming that we never lift off. The successful people of the world take risks, and the very essence of a risk is that everything might not be lined up just right. After all, if everything's lined up, then it's not much of a risk, is it?

Tears welled up in my eyes during one of the final curtain calls of The Color Purple on Broadway during Christmas last year. There was Fantasia Barrino, taking her bow, and I thought, My God, this chile is on Broadway! Five minutes ago, she was a single mother and a high school dropout struggling to get by, and now this girl is thriving in the Canaan land of the theater world!

I will admit, I was skeptical and disappointed when Barrino first joined the cast. I have an appreciation and background in theater, so it doesn’t take a big name for me to see a show; I just want to see a good show. Therefore, it seemed like a sellout for the decision-makers with The Color Purple to choose a celebrity with little acting experience over the hundreds of skilled and trained actresses who had spent years perfecting the craft.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

What's Up with the Connect???

Hey people,

The Connect is still alive and definitely well! God has blessed me to be able to branch out into other online media, which is awesome.

Thanks for reading and offering great feedback...even when we disagree...*smile* Thanks for the encouragement, the kudos, the love, the patience, the kicks in the butt (you know who you are...). You have been a great sounding board. Without you, I would not have had the confidence to pitch what you read here FIRST.

And so, I'm thinking the Connect will take more of a "bloggy" turn for the time being (gasp!). Yes, yes, I know. How many times have I exclaimed, THIS IS NOT A BLOG!!!!! When you say, "Hey, I like your blog..." Well, that's because most of the pieces posted here take way more time, effort, revision, and research than a "blog." These are "columns." But now that I'm doing a couple different things now, the "columns" will be less frequent, but you will see more "blogs." Make sense? I'm rambling.

Happy Juneteenth.