A View from This Side

…sometimes it’s not so easy, especially when your only friend talks, looks, sees, and feels like you and you do the same just like him. – from”My Friend” by Jimi Hendrix

 

I recently returned from my visit to the other side. Overall it was pleasant but I saw something that wasn’t so good. No matter how hard you try you are really alone. No one has the time for any one else. You must make an appointment to visit a friend. It always a rush to get to the next point so that you can rush to that which follows. No one can keep up with you because no one knows where you going. No one but you has time to be concerned. Lifestyle can inhibit you doing so.

But people on that side have many things. Many cars, many televisions, many jobs, etc. Some have many homes, many titles, many goals, etc. They often have many problems and many ways to escape them.

Like people on this side they only have one life and they must live it well.

So why am I back on this side? Life here is simple though it is not easy. It’s a struggle each day just to make ends meet. I don’t have many of anything. Many is too hard to manage. Much of nothing is hard to contain.

I look at my glass and it is half full. I remember the days when it was half empty. The greedy man can never have enough. I have plenty. My life is filled with others yet I know I take my last breath alone.

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This life is precious. Each breath must be cherished. Despite perceived problems we are thankful for each day.  We learn to focus on the good and disregard the bad. It’s only a question of what we choose to view. Take it all in and be selective.

Remember, we always have a choice.

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Taking Another Step

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Taking a trip to the other side.

Have been away so long.

Apprehension is irrationally real.

Can’t sleep at night because.

The world has changed but so have I.

How will we relate?

 

First step always most daunting.

Life is the Ultimate Journey.

That Journey is the Life.

Unknown destinations.

Naming roads as traveled.

Course be illusively clear.

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Many friends say “Come on”.

They do not see my fears.

Small number say “Stay put.”

Uncomfortable with the not well known

Unsettled all the time.

 

Both options fraught with sense of
risks.

Never have been risk averse.

Will venture forward sight unseen.

To face a future’s dream.

 

Last night it was a nightmare.

Now it’s just a choice.

A firmly based commitment.

To my known self and others.

 

Folk on both sides raise some issues

and believe they speak the truth.

They do not know the questions

That shape the facts for me.

 

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To dive in into a deep dark well.

May be leaping towards to clouds.

Will place me safely in a sunny place

Because the Son always shines.

 

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I know on this I must reflect

Not worry about unknown.

Acknowledge who on all is based.

Say “Thank You” …and move on.

Continuance…

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No bandwagon travels this route.

This sojourn is your own.

Sea breezes refresh yet sand trails blow about.

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Few will taste but all who partake savor.

Many called choose no response.

Others claim vicarious sightings while experiential cataract diminishes their view.

Vultures are awaiting sightless prey.

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What is your plight?

You need to know.

It will come to pass but may not stop.

Your actions refine your destiny.

 

Be on your path and see for self.

Your eyes are yours.

Someone else may not see…

Your Life! Your Love! Your Victory!

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Cherish your reals… then appreciate those of others’.

Be true to yourself for falsehoods soon fade.

The Divine is The Constant, your life is It’s agent.

There are no mistakes.

Only lessons lived through learning.

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The road is made by traveling it.

Intentions become clear.

You are the judge and must test the jury.

You are who you are and the Star of Your Show.

Remember that you did not write the script.

Take a moment to Acknowledge the AUTHOR.

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Continue Your Journey.

Worry not of complications.

Divinely led steps are sure, no matter how they feel.

Travel with confidence…that you’re on the Right Track!

Convergent Circularity

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“I wish I was who I was when I wished I was who I am”

40 years ago a friend had this phrase posted on the inside of her front door. I have remembered her and it ever since even though I have no idea where she is today nor spoken to her in decades.

This morning I awoke with the Jimi Hendrix version of All Along the Watchtower running through my mind. It, like my friend’s door quote, induced reflection. Remembering the past is pleasant for me but I cherish today and don’t long for its predecessors. I remind myself to appreciate who I AM right now and that I AM a compilation of past experiences, present endeavors, and current aspirations. I recognize that it all may change by tomorrow. So what do I do?

I maintain my fighting posture… It allows me to embrace what I am presented with that appeals to me and repel what approaches me that is distasteful. It allows me to move through LIFE!

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Do not think that this posture presents a “joy ride”. It is solitary which can become lonely. It is solemn which can become sad. It is deliberate which can become burdensome. But it is LIBERATING because it is my Divinely Inspired Journey on The Path. I recognize that I AM the star of my show and I acknowledge that I do not write the script. Throughout this journey I AM sustained by MOMENTS of BLISS and OUNCES of FAITH!

A blog post such as this emerges with they coincide. I continue the sojourn and I AM THANKFUL!

Be Here …Be Happy

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Just want to say “Hi”.

We are approaching the threshold of another year. Let’s take a moment to GIVE THANKS & BE HAPPY! Sure, we’ve faced adversities but we have also been showered in blessings. We are older today than we have ever been while at the same time we are younger than we will ever be. This LIFE IS NOW! We must remind ourselves to ENJOY IT. Yesterday was… Tomorrow may be … TODAY IS!

The Best Way to Prepare for Tomorrow is to

LIVE & LOVE TODAY!

Anticipate a GLORIOUS New Year!

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Just saying “Hi”.

For a New Tomorrow…

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Greetings,

It has been a while since I posted but I have not been asleep
or on vacation. I've been busy. Sometimes it takes a lot of energy to
make ends meet in the Developing World but we are managing!

I want to update you. Our U.S. based not-for-profit organization,
The Council of the Obsidian, Inc. launched Building a New 
Tomorrow in Senegal. It was an Indiegogo Crowd Funding Campaign to allow us 
to complete The Tabax Sube Homecoming and Re-Creation Center in Senegal.

We did not reach the campaign's financial goal but our aspirations have not
been diminished. We intend to continue to work on this project. Eventually, 
it will be finished.

The Council of the Obsidian is not a large organization but it 
has made a difference over the years. It will be 25 years old in 
the spring of 2014. Visit www.obsidiancouncil.org for an overview of its
activities.

For The Collective Good,

Tabax Sube

…losing virginity after age 60

I lived in America for decades and I have been away from there for many years. During that time I have missed people but I have not missed the place. I now live on the Atlantic coast in Senegal, West Africa. The environment is pleasant, the pace is humane, and I have access to technology. Today these factors combined to bring me to a completely new experience – MY FIRST “MISSING AMERICA” MOMENT. I LOST MY “Missing” VIRGINITY! This is big enough deal for me that I decided to write a few words about it.

For many of the last 20 years that I lived in America I traveled from Washington, DC to Newport, RI for a weekend each summer to enjoy The Newport Jazz Festival.

The Newport Jazz Festival, was founded by jazz pianist George Wein in 1954 as the first outdoor music festival of its kind devoted entirely to jazz, and is now universally acknowledged as the grandfather of all jazz festivals. For information on attending this Festival, visit their official website.

Newport Jazz Festival

So obviously I could not go to Newport for the Jazz Festival this year. Dakar to Newport is just too much of a commute for me. In fact, I haven’t been able to attend in a decade or so. My good friend and alter-ego, “the other side of the same coin”, that the title of this blog references, was going to be there though. I went on-line and “Googled” Newport Jazz Festival. I found a link that led me to a National Public Radio (NPR) webcast of the event. I started listening to the broadcast yesterday and I continued today. It was in the process of listening today that I Lost My “Missing” Virginity and experienced my first “Missing America” phenomenon. It was exhilarating!

This makes me wonder if there are others things that I can experience missing in America.

The list is long of things that I will certainly not miss.  I do not need to write it out. All of those micro and macro level “isms” and the societal responses to them… Regardless of one’s political outlook or persuasion the media continually outlines them for you.

I think my first “Missing America” experience may be like my first love – unforgettable and irreproducible.  I’ll be ready if another one comes along though.

Until then…

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I’ll always have memories (and hopefully NPR)!

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