Embrace what you are given to do. Your dream, your passion. And when I say “embrace,” I mean no holds barred, full on, hug and don’t let go. Some people say, “Follow your dream.” Others say, “Pursue your dream.” I say, “Stalk your dream.” Stalk it, obsess about it, chase after it relentlessly, with no hesitancy and no reservation. Stalk it like an out of control ex lover.
People will laugh at you, put you down and try to discourage you. Let them. And don’t even flinch when it happens, because that behavior is never about you, it’s about them. Everyone who has been true to their dreams has at some point experienced this.
You will have many, many setbacks and disappointments. This also is common, and it’s not the universe telling you to give up. Stay focused on the goal, and don’t be distracted even for a moment by situations or people who would try to derail you.
Work very hard and never, ever stop learning.
Do not wonder if you are good enough or worthy enough, decide that you are epic.
Today is my birthday, and I wanted to give you a gift. So I wrote down my 5 steps to happiness. These are my steps, they may or may not work for you. In any case, I hope you enjoy reading them.
Step 1 – Have an agreement with myself that I am 100% responsible for my own happiness. It’s not anyone else’s job to make me happy, it’s entirely up to me. If I am not feeling happy, I am the one who must fix it.
Step 2 – Have an agreement with myself that I am 100% responsible for the consequences of my decisions and actions. If I break a law or hurt someone or damage something, it was entirely my doing. No one else is to blame, and if there are unpleasant results, they were predictable and are justified.
Step 3 – Keeping in mind the parameters and balance of steps 1 and 2, make a plan to do for myself the things that make me the happiest. To the best of my ability create situations where I feel content, fulfilled, satisfied – happy. Anything goes. It’s my life, my rules – as long as steps 1 and 2 are always considered.
Step 4 – Execute the plan!
Step 5 – Whenever I feel unhappy, go immediately back to step 1.
Wishing you tremendous happiness today and every day.
Taking a short break from the computer. Delighted to be working on some new music, hopefully to be released before the end of the year. Considering a non-concert – a live music meditation event. Maybe a sonic massage?
Me: Do you need anything from Fry’s? I have to go there for work this morning.
Her: What is Fry’s? Is that a computer place?
Me: Oh my God – you don’t know about Fry’s? Yes, it’s a computer place – they have everything you need for your computer, but they also have appliances – refrigerators, vacuum cleaners, televisions and then they also have a huge selection of CD’s and DVD’s.
Her: Well, I don’t need anything from Fry’s then.
Me: Oh, Honey… EVERYone needs something from Fry’s.
At first I thought you were cute. Different from the others in an attractive and alluring kind of way. You were quick and light and I admit I was just a little bedazzled.
Then came the day you were unable to remember some very important information with which I had entrusted you. Not wanting to show my disappointment, I reminded you of just what that information was, as you requested. But after a while I came to understand that this was in fact a habit of yours – a habit that became increasingly annoying as the weeks and months rolled by.
Finally I had had enough. Spacing on my bookmarks was one thing, but when you started playing fast and loose with my passwords, I saw the handwriting on the wall. This relationship could never last.
And so, Google Chrome – I am bidding you a not-so-fond farewell. Don’t let the door hit you…
It has been nearly 10 years since I finished and released my first solo CD, “When the Wind is High.” I sat and listened to this CD a few days ago and contemplated all the experiences I’ve had since then. At that time I was living in an apartment – it was difficult to make music there. I planned to buy a house, which I did in 2008. But I had no idea that 10 years later I would be a leukemia survivor, or that I would be engaged to be married to a lovely, kind, sensitive woman. I was hopeful, but I didn’t know that I would be releasing my 7th CD or that there would be so many of you to tell about it. I sat and thought about all these things while listening and had – and still have – a great sense of joy and gratitude.
So – today it is my great pleasure to announce the release of my 7th CD – “For Maria.” “For Maria” is an hour-long piece of ambient music with changing and evolving moods, emotions and experiences – just like my life, and I’m sure yours too.
To celebrate this release, from now through Saturday when you purchase a copy of “For Maria,” I will also ship to you a copy of “When the Wind is High” – my first CD – as a free gift in appreciation for your continued support of my music. Click here to order your copy today.
Please remember – the free CD offer expires on Saturday, 3/21/14.
As always, many, many thanks for listening and for your continued kind support of me personally and my music. I am grateful for each and every one of you.