Recently, I was a speaker at one of my very favorite events, Celebrate Your Life. It is such a fabulous event produced by Mishka Productions. It is absolutely first class. Each year, I look forward to the event because I get to connect with so many amazing people. There were 1200+ people from all over the world that flew in to attend this year. It is such a beautiful mix of humanity.. I just LOVE it! In addition, I get to catch up with so many of my colleagues, which is always fun.. and then of course there is the STAFF!!!! They are the best ever. So the first weekend in November is always filled with really fabulous moments. However, I had an extra special moment this year.
My special moment was during the 20th Anniversary Gala event, when all of the authors came together to sing the beautiful song, One Heart – One Song, written by Barry Goldstein. It was truly a heartwarming, heart opening moment. Let me tell you why…
First of all, I am not a professional singer. I am a singer. I love to sing … everywhere and anywhere … but I am not a professional 🙂 As a matter of fact, I grew up probably like many of you … with people telling me not to sing, that no one wanted to hear me, that I couldn’t carry a tune, etc. etc. Sound Familiar?
For a long time, I believed them … I gave them my power. Then one day, I made a choice to take that power back, to change that belief that I so willingly took on. I began to say, in response to “someone” saying something about my singing, “You know what, I sing with my SPIRIT”!
The Gala and that song, were so very special for me, as I believe they were for many of the authors. Most of us are Authors, Teachers, Speakers.. but NOT professional singers.. so many of us truly were out of our box. It was a beautiful night where many of us were freed of the constraints that we allowed to be put on us by “someone”. To all of those “someones”, I am grateful; as I have learned so much about myself from them throughout the years. I LOVE to sing with my SPIRIT and I do it every chance I get! They will never have power over my voice again!!!!!I am also very grateful to Barry for writing such a beautiful song and having the patience and the vision to work with us all as we stepped into a new journey. Although I don’t plan to give up my day job, I certainly LOVED the opportunity to step into the truth of who I am and what I do. I sing with my SPIRIT… and there is value in that. It truly was an AMAZING night and very soon, I will be able to share the song with you.. I can’t wait for us all to be able to share it so we can spread the message and music … One Heart – One Song… We can change the world.
Here’s to the voice within you – SDJ
Did you ever have someone tell you not to sing? That your voice wasn’t good enough? I’d love to hear your experience too. Please share below – SDJ
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