Saturday, October 31, 2009
There are times when change—moving to a new city or a new home, or changing careers—is the right thing at the right time. But there are also times when the urge for change is really just a desire to run away from problems that need to be faced rather than avoided. These are the kinds of problems that recur in our lives. For example, issues with coworkers that seem to arise at every job we take, or repeatedly getting into unhealthy relationships. A move might temporarily distract us, and even cure the problem for a time, simply by taking us out of the situation in which the problem fully manifested itself. However, the problem will eventually appear again in our new situation.
One way to make sure you aren’t running away from your problems is to notice whether you are moving towards something that is exciting in its own right, as opposed to something that is appealing only because it is not where you are now. For example, if you are leaving a city because you feel you can’t afford it, you could be reinforcing poverty consciousness, and you might find that you are unable to make ends meet in your new city as well. It would ultimately be less of an effort to stay where you are and look more deeply into your beliefs about money. You may discover that as you address these issues, you are able to make more money simply by changing your mindset. You may still decide to move, but it will be an act with a positive intention behind it and not an escape, which could make all the difference.
Any pain involved in facing our issues is well worth the effort in the end. When we face our problems instead of avoiding them, we free our energy and transform ourselves from people who run away into people who move enthusiastically forward.
Thursday, October 29, 2009
By devoting time to relaxation and participating in enjoyable activities, we are continuously replenishing our energy supply and encouraging a positive mind-set within ourselves. This helps us feel more balanced and energized, which will allow us to nurture our loved ones in meaningful ways. By taking time to honor your needs for self-care today, you will have more energy and stamina to care for your loved ones also......from the fabulousdailyom.......
Published: October 26, 2009
Midway through “Finian’s Rainbow,” which opens Thursday on Broadway, the stage veteran Terri White delivers a bluesy, rasping version of the song “Necessity.” The character wants to play, to rest her “head in the shade,” but, Ms. White belts out, turning to the face the audience directly, “the rent ain’t paid!”
It is one of those crucial moments in musical theater, a flash of heartbreak that tethers the fanciful, carefree world of the show to the familiar, harsh realities of the everyday.
If Ms. White’s delivery feels particularly authentic, it is because she has lived those lyrics more personally than even the most diehard method actress would want. In the summer of 2008, Ms. White, 61, could not make rent. She was evicted from her apartment of 14 years, after a breakup with a longtime girlfriend. She could not work. She also could not find a way to ask for help. For three months, when she was not crashing on a friend’s couch, she slept in Washington Square Park.
The daughter of traveling performers, Ms. White has been performing in musicals since she was 8, and the language of the medium infects her life narrative. She started out as a “hoofer,” a tap-dancer. She has a theme song: “Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out.” And as of July 2008, she felt she was “all washed up.”
Between gigs on Broadway and singing with Liza Minnelli, Ms. White had always worked for tips in piano bars around the West Village. She was a regular at 88’s until it closed, then found a new home at Rose’s Turn on Grove Street — until it, too, closed. She struggled to get a perch at the few surviving piano bars around town. Heartfelt if campy renditions of American songbook classics were out. Spoofy if campy versions of ’80s pop were in. “They want to bring in the younger crowd,” Ms. White said. “And I’m old.”
She still played one night a week at the Duplex, on Christopher Street, earning enough to keep her phone on and get by on Ramen noodles, and kept some clothing there after losing her apartment. In the park, Ms. White slept on a bench near the bathroom because it made her feel more civilized. She knew some of the longstanding homeless there from her years in the neighborhood (they often tried to bum cigarettes as she smoked on the sidewalk). And she got to know the temporarily homeless like herself.
“Their clothes did not look like they were from Goodwill,” she said. “They looked like they’d had jobs.”
Ms. White never mentioned to the others who slept in the park that she had performed alongside Glenn Close in the Tony-nominated “Barnum,” in 1980; nor did she ask about their pasts. Severely depressed, she was too proud to reach out to social services, and kept the extent of her problems from friends. “Most of them are barely getting by in their tiny apartments as it is,” she said. “People in New York, they need their patterns. You can’t interrupt them.”
To avoid the police, Ms. White usually alternated sleeping for an hour with walking for an hour, which is what she was doing when she ran into Officer David Taylor on Grove Street at 4 a.m. one day last fall. Officer Taylor had come to know Ms. White when he was patrolling the West Village. He admired her energy, and, off-duty, came to see her perform. He had never seen her looking like she did on Grove Street. “She is usually someone who lifts your energy if you’re feeling down,” he said. “That night she looked soulless. I was concerned for her — scared.”
Officer Taylor made a few phone calls. A friend in Jersey City had a place with a basement apartment no one was using. Ms. White moved in the next day, rent-free. She got herself back into the mental shape to take advantage of opportunities that came her way. An old friend in the Florida Keys invited her to perform at her nightclub, and another friend bought her a plane ticket.
In Florida, she met Donna Barnett, a stately 62-year-old jewelry designer — and, like Ms. White, a cigarette fiend, a fan of road trips and musicals and Maker’s Mark. The two fell in love, and moved in together. When the call came for an audition for an Encores! concert performance of “Finian’s Rainbow” (a predecessor to the Broadway production), Ms. Barnett paid her airfare back to New York. After months of coming close, but ultimately hearing “No thank you” — she auditioned nine times for “Chicago” — Ms. White landed the part of “Finian’s” Dottie.
So, now, almost a year to the day after she last slept on a bench, Ms. White is back on Broadway, in a play she first performed in as a child, at the St. James Theater — the very place she earned her Tony nomination for “Barnum.” On Sunday, she and Ms. Barnett are having a commitment ceremony at the St. James.
Most of her fellow cast members in “Finian’s Rainbow” know enough about Ms. White’s trials that when she sings, “There ought to be a law against necessity,” they sing back, with particular feeling, “Sister, you’re so right.”
And then it’s on to the rest of the play, with its pot of gold and its world of song and, of course, its impossibly happy ending.
Picture by: Piotr Redlinski for The New York Times
Ms. White with her partner, Donna Barnett.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Angel Animals Book of Inspiration
by Allen & Linda Anderson
Some of these extraordinary true stories will make you smile. Others will bring tears to you eyes. Each one will open your heart to new revelations of love in its many forms and shapes. Dogs, cats, horses, ferrets, birds, rabbits, snakes, dolphins, llamas – the animals in this book reveal compassion, teach hope and forgiveness, or serve as a barometer to measure feelings. After reading just one of these stories, you will observe the animals in your own path with new eyes and find yourself awakening to deeper, and often startling, spiritual insights about animals as mirrors to the soul.
In this book:
* Health and fitness expert Richard Simmons tells the story "Spotted Angels" about the Dalmatians who enriched his mother Shirley's last days.
* A retired teacher remembers the hamster who brought inner city school children on a journey from hate to love.
* A mother reveals how a special ferret helped her autistic son become the hero of his Little League baseball team.
* Empathic cows in a field surround a grieving woman and shed tears with her.
* A man in a coma gets a visit from his best canine friend, and the dog’s kisses bring him back to consciousness.
* A moose delivers the message to a minister that animals go to heaven.
* A dog’s persistent attendance at church services enlivens an entire congregation.
* When a woman succumbs to cancer and her hair starts falling out, her dear dog Teddy pulls all the fur from her tail in an act of support.
* Sri Harold Klemp, spiritual leader of Eckankar, observes the balances of love and power in his backyard and draws profound conclusions about how spiritual communities are formed.
* Allen and Linda Anderson share the story of how a little squirrel, trapped in their house on a frigid, dark night opened their eyes to the protection and guidance they had been receiving all along.
If you have ever felt alone or abandoned, this book will bring comfort, renewal, and spiritual insights. Sixty-six transformational and heartwarming stories are accompanied by 50 black-and-white photographs of adorable animals.
A Fabulous book for all us animal lovers!!!
By choosing to adopt a perception of prosperity, we gain a greater appreciation for our life circumstances and attract more abundance into our lives. While frugalness and practical decision-making can help keep our finances in order, we can also learn to use the power of conscious intention to attract more abundance into our lives at the same time. Simply by choosing to see the richness and abundance surrounding us at every moment, we not only begin to feel happier and more prosperous but we also put forth powerful energy that attracts more beneficial circumstances. Your focus on prosperity and joy can be a powerful force in attracting more abundance into your life today. Living a F.A.G life is being clear about your intention and also humble gratitude for the richness that is......The FabulousdailyOM speaks once again to our higher self needs.....Have a day unlike any other....adopt a F.A.G mantra! I am F.A.G I am F.A.G I am Fabulous and Gay!......
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Giving ourselves opportunities to rest while we work can help us stay focused and energized so that we can accomplish our tasks with ease. Being motivated to complete our work might cause us to become overzealous and push ourselves beyond our limits, which could result in feelings of fatigue and burnout. If we can instead make an effort to continuously renew our energy through restorative activities, we will be able to release tension and clear our minds of cluttered thoughts. We are then able to keep our mental focus sharp and our physical endurance strong, which will allow us to efficiently accomplish our work. Your motivation could result in greater productivity today if you temper it with restorative activities for your mind and body. I am learning how to do this....as I reach the age 49 next month I have noticed a major energy shift....balance balance balance.....Happy F.A G Living! and thanks to the fabulousdailyOM for the gentle reminders.....
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Looking at your concerns head-on may help you realize that you may sometimes need to take a calculated chance, since it could lead you to greater opportunities for growth. Coming to a deeper understanding of what our tentativeness is based on allows us to overcome our anxiety about making the wrong choices. If we look at life as a serious of decisions that help us develop ourselves, we will begin to see that there are no really unwise choices. While we may regret some of the decisions we have made, in retrospect we can probably see that each choice brings us greater knowledge about ourselves and the world around us. By viewing your decisions today as steps in the lifelong process of learning, you will overcome your fear and find that everything you do gives you a greater amount of insight....amazing how right on that fabulousdailyom is....time to muster up the courage and step forward.....Insight comes from experience...honor those elders- they have insight!
model: Gilles M.
Saturday, October 3, 2009
Sometimes we have an experience that we don’t understand, but if we look deeply, or wait long enough, a reason for that experience will usually reveal itself. All the events in our lives lead to other events, and all that we have manifested in this present moment is the result of past events and experiences. We cannot easily tease apart the many threads that have been woven together to create our current reality. Experiences that don’t make sense, as well as any that we regret, are just as responsible for the good things in our lives as the experiences we do understand or label as "good."
This is especially important to remember at times when we feel directionless or unsure of what to do. It is often at times like these that we take a job or move to a place without really knowing if it’s the right thing to do. We may ultimately end up leaving the job or the place, but often during that time we will have met someone who becomes an important friend, or we may have an experience that changes us in a profound way. When all the pieces of our life don’t quite make sense, we can remember that there may be some hidden gem of a reason that we are where we are having the experiences we are having.
I need to understand why certain aspects of life are so crazy.....relax I say.. the fabulousdailyOM has reassured me today that there is a hidden gem in all that is happening and I am assured that everything is in perfect order no matter what I am going through....
Friday, October 2, 2009
As long as we are in touch with our higher selves, our egos are not a threat. They are simply useful tools in the service of spirit. We keep our egos in check when we continually nurture our awareness of who we really are. Then our egos are free to serve without trying ineffectually to rule. It is healthy to have ego, but like all things in life, ego functions best when it is in balance and harmony with your whole self. The fabulous daily om speaks once again to what is needed.....Balance in all aspects of our lives is the quest for today....Have a F.A.G Day!
Thursday, October 1, 2009
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Everybody deserves a little F.A.G!......