Good morning from Huntington Beach, California everyone! Home of surfers, celebrities and killer sunsets for weddings.
As I’m sure you know, I have an affinity for a good laugh, good times with my friends & a passion for getting the most out of life. Well this past week has been very trying for me as a person that I respected and admired in the creative industry has left us. Unless you’re living under a rock, then you already know that it’s Michael Jackson.
Michael Jackson was a HUGE influence for me in my early creative years and over time I drew inspiration from his talent, vision and amazing ability to consistently throw caution to the wind & do what he wanted to do with his craft.
Well yesterday, was Michael Jackson’s Memorial Service and from my little home office in Huntington Beach, I watched it on my monitor at CNN.com. Yes, my eyes were flooded with tears and my heart ached as I watched the video on my screen knowing that someone like him has left us and is on to a much better place.
The world will have a void now that he is gone, but we will always be able to cherish what he left behind for us; his thoughts, his vision for peace, and his beautiful art.
With all my ramblings aside, I want to share with you that being a Leo, I’m supposed to have 9 lives as a cat. Well I have used up 4 of them and only have 5 left (A VERY long story best shared over a good bottle of wine, preferably merlot). I know first hand what it’s like to not only be given a 2nd, 3rd & 4th chance at life and how at the blink of an eye it can be over.
So I admonish you to take stock in where you’ve been, what you’ve done & where you’re going. Appreciate where you’ve been, because it’s the path behind you that has helped shape who you are. Admire what you’ve done because it’s your gifts that you’re using to the fullest extent of your abilities. And, always look ahead at where you’re going. It’s the road that lies ahead of you where you can build to make a difference in not only your life, but those around you on to infinity.
I have said that I do my best to live my life spherically – not just paying it backward or forward, because what we do, say, think and make happen will echo throughout eternity. So make your life count and enjoy it to the fullest.
Since I’m a big fan of live performances, here are a couple of live videos of two songs that I loved from MIchael Jackson. I was given a choice back in the ’80’s to see either Michael Jackson or Duran Duran and as I’m sure everyone knows – I chose the latter with the hopes that I would see him perform live some day in the future. That almost came true as I was on the pre-sale list for a ticket to see Michael Jackson live in London when he announced his tour, but this will not happen now – but I have tons of videos and nearly all his CDs to enjoy.
May your lives be overflowing with much love & laughter shared with your family & friends – cheers!