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20140909-220412.jpgI am grateful for a beautiful reminder from Oprah’s book, What I Know For Sure.

I first saw the Lifeclass with John Diaz’s recount of what he saw when he survived a horrific plane crash, about a year ago. It was profound.

Please watch the video and ask yourself… “How bright is your life?”

http://www.oprah.com/oprahs-lifeclass/John-Diazs-Survival-Story-Video

I really fell in love with this image and message, when I came upon it in Instagram. It really resonated with me. If we can see past the body, and see into each other’s soul, we can see how truly connected we are to each other. And maybe… this will bring more understanding and compassion with each other, because we are the same… we come from love.

20140801-215819.jpgWe met Lalah Hathaway last night!

I have known Sheilani (or “S” in previous posts) since Junior High when I first moved to Northern California, but it was over the last few years that we have gotten closer, and she has helped me a great deal through a couple of rough patches with men and dating and most especially with my Spiritual growing pains. To find someone who could relate and even understand my Spiritual growing pains was truly a gift to me.

Sheilani is also a local musician with a strong background in Jazz. She was instrumental in introducing me to Jazz music and to a lot of local performers and musicians.

One night, a year or so ago, she took me to a Lalah Hathaway show. She is one of Sheilani‘s favorites. I truly enjoyed the Jazzy, R&B, and Soul event, and Ms. Hathaway was not only an incredible singer and performer, but hilarious as well.

A few months ago, I happened to read one of the event e-mails from Yoshi’s Oakland. It was not a norm for me to open e-mails for adverts or announcements (I still have got 9000+ I need to delete from my inbox), but I read Yoshi’s that day. It had the lineup for the Summer season, and Ms. Hathaway was performing.

So I bought the tickets immediately, and the Meet and Greet portion of the event.

I still remember the text (it is also still on my phone HaHa) when I told her of her early birthday present. She was flabbergasted.

Last night, we met Lalah Hathaway personally and had premier seating to her show. We had one of the best views and experiences!

I am grateful that I was able to gift Sheilani with a present she could truly remember. She has been such a gift of a friend… no… Soul Sister to me, and I am honored to know her.

Links:
My favorite Lalah Hathaway song

Sheilani’s website

(For 8/1/14 – what happens when two good, female friends meet up and hang out? We ate fried snacks, sweets, and gabbed until the wee hours of the morning! That is why this was late. 😁)

I had written before that sometimes when I am having a problem and I need advice, I pick up a book and open it to a random page.

I was dealing with a challenging situation, and it was also challenging my self-love. So, I picked up Sonia Choquette’s The Answer Is Simple… Love Yourself, Live your Spirit! I thought about my issue, opened the book, and I couldn’t believe what I got!

From page 142:
“The best way to remain self-loving and aligned with Spirit when facing life’s challenges is to remember that they all are lessons–so stop feeling as though you’re a victim. This isn’t to suggest that the ones you face at times aren’t difficult or painful. It only means that until you acknowledge that your challenges exist to teach you something on a soul level, you can’t even begin to get past or rise above them. Whatever problem you encounter, know that it presents itself because there’s something in that situation that your soul wants to learn. The more quickly you acknowledge your problems as opportunities to acquire wisdom, the more manageable they become.”

I was upset and guilt-ridden, because in a moment of vulnerability, I did something that was not from a place of love or kindness. That night, I had restless sleep and my conscience just gnawed at me.

Basically, I texted in response to someone something that came out partly from resentment that had brewed for several months (and I did not yet have an opportunity to clear up) and partly from something else. In my weakness, lack of sleep, and some emotional stress, I said goodbye to an early friendship. I did not have a clear heart that time.

Nobody died. The world didn’t end, but I was pretty upset about what I had done and was worried about my friend. On top of that, I did it in text. I think texting should be banned sometimes… 😦

I realized that what I was going through was yet another lesson. I seem to have a lot of “opportunities to acquire wisdom” with this person. I apologized, but understandably, my friend is upset.

I struggle sometimes. I know that this is normal. I will have moments of weakness. I am not perfect. I will make mistakes. I will not be happy and positive every second, minute, hour, or day. What I do next, after a moment of weakness, is what is truly important and what will make a difference.

I am grateful for lessons from which I can learn. It is the only way I can grow to be a better person, woman, friend…

I am grateful to waking up to Katy Perry’s song, “Unconditionally”.

I have been working on the concept of unconditional love for a long time now. Sometimes, maybe as an Aquarian, I think that I could feel this in a universal sense–a lot more than one-to-one.

It came as a surprise to feel this for someone I felt a strong connection with several months ago, but I didn’t really know him much. I had spoken to one of my good friends about it, and she said, “Isn’t this what you feel for us?”

I guess my surprise was in feeling unconditional love for someone because of a strong connection, not because of years of knowing them inside and out.

This song reminded me of how lovely it was that I could feel this way about someone. To me, it means that I have changed and grown. It means that I have learned to see the good in someone, their Spirit or Soul (if you will), and love someone beyond their façade or ego. It means that my capacity to love has gotten even bigger.

I hope one day, a great love will find me, and he would be able to do the same with me.

Here is the chorus of the song, courtesy of Metro Lyrics:
Unconditional, unconditionally
I will love you unconditionally
There is no fear now
Let go and just be free
I will love you unconditionally

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