When you disembark on a journey that you have never been, don’t just accept the image of what has been told. Instead, explore the possibilities, gain a visual, discover new truths, make social bonds and find the commonalities of the people wherever you are. You’ll be tickled more by it.
If you stay present moment oriented while you are there, you will not jump to conclusions about what might or might not be and instead you will find ways to inhale the environment like you would oxygen by going with the natural flow of the experience.
Let the surroundings resonate with you while navigating your way around. Try to make sense of where you are camped from a different vantage point other than the stigmas. You will find that the people you meet seem very familiar and are not that different than you. Just bare the fact that we are all a result of our surroundings and we all get on with our days in our own personalized fashion yet, these are not things that should prevent us from loving each other as we are. We can still bring people smiles and capture the hearts of many while doing what we can with what we have while tackling life with the uniqueness we all showcase in our own individual way.
It’s crazy to think of the multitude of responsibilities I had to carry on just to do what I love to do the most. Though it was taking the familiar path of singing before a crowd, I was being pushed outside of the comfort zone because I was no longer in my home court where I had grown accustomed to performing. I had to deal with the freezing cold temperatures that NY doesn’t always get. I had to be able to intentionally communicate with folks who spoke in a different language than my knowing. I had to professionally work with all my heart whether I was at 100 or feeling under the weather. And I had to know the difference between being in a place where it is a party everywhere and always attitude as opposed to being in a place where I am working. I had to be able to stay centered and think clearly even if I got wounded in the field or was met with condescension. I had to believe in God’s ability and have faith in the journey that he lead me on.
I wasn’t chasing happiness however; I was experiencing it. I was walking the atmosphere of a place I had never seen and am still recovering from the potency of it. Experience changes the essence of who we are because you are better able to form your own opinions of the world. You get a taste of it for yourself. To me, it causes positive change. And the fact that I was doing what drives my soul is in fact one of the greatest honors of my life. Each moment was a moment of growth on my humble first steps into the world of music touring and each moment to me as precious as gold.
As I backed away and came back to my reality, I realized there is so much to love. The rhythms and sounds of the unthought of dimensions I was fortunate to see stays spinning around in my mind. Love for it resonates with me. I love to love the simple idea of planting my feet on different grounds around the world. Based on that, I know that the
best is yet to come.
Today is songwriter Wednesday. I wrote this song "Wherever You Are" and had the pleasure of performing it live at Ufa Jazz Club in Ufa, Russia. I think that you can find a reason to love something about wherever you are positioned in the world when you are where you are. And so, I dedicate the song to all you lovers of travel who inspire me. Thank you for sharing your thoughts, photos and stories of your travels. God bless you all!
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