Which voice are you listening to you?
One evening in April 2009, I was resting on the floor in what had become my empty apartment in Rochester, New York. My mother had passed away the year before and, for months, I had been contemplating whether or not I could return to Los Angeles and reignite my career in the entertainment industry — at 48-years-old.
That night, I had just returned from my bon voyage party at a local club, where I performed a few happy songs, surrounded by loving family members and many good friends. It was only a few days prior when I had finally sold the last few pieces of my furniture, gave away to friends my prized possessions and, in the process, dismantled the shrines and remnants of the past.
Once more, it was time for me to leave Rochester, which I had done several times before. Those other times, my parents would still be there if ever I wanted to return. But now, both of them were gone — as my father had succumbed to lung cancer in 1995.
So — would I now be able to succeed, to start again in L. A. at nearly 50-years-old with a lot more gray hair? Would I have the stamina and the guts that once drove me so steadily through the 1980s and early ’90s?
I wondered aloud if anyone would care.
I Had A Dream
I then fell asleep and had a dream.
Or at least I thought it was a dream — because it sure-as-heck felt real.
In this dream, I heard a very dark voice tell me that “Nobody cares.”
Fortunately, another voice would chime-in — a Light voice, which countered that dark vocal with, “LOVE cares.”
The dark voice would then reiterate, “NOBODY cares!”
The Light voice countered once more with, “LOVE cares!”
The banter between these two articulations continued until LOVE won, and I awakened.
I realized that “I” was the Light voice responding to the darkness that was attempting to stagnate my life.
“I” was in control of every good thing that happens to me in my life…that ALL OF US control our own destinies…and that we should never let any dark or negative “voice” derail or detour us from what we know to be a solid and happy destiny that awaits us.
The Morning After
The morning after I had that “dream,” I got on a plane in Rochester, flew to Los Angeles and commenced my new life — with a renewed confidence in knowing that everything is on track…because…
LOVE cares — and LOVE IS OUR TRUE HERITAGE
There is a greater Parent in Heaven than the mothers and fathers we know on Earth. Yet the Love our parents share with us on Earth is the same Love we bestow upon our children. This is the same Love we share for one another and all of humanity — which is the very stuff of the Love of Heaven.
Another Way To Look At It
Crossmap.com recently offered a few comparative words of “Good” and “Evil.” The following phrases are my version of those words:
The Good voice stills us. The Evil voice rushes us.
The Good voice leads us. The Evil voice pushes us.
The Good voice reassures us. The Evil voice frightens us.
The Good voice enlightens us. The Evil voice confuses us.
The Good voice encourages us. The Evil voice discourages us.
The Good voice comforts us. The Evil voice worries us.
The Good voice calms us. The Evil voice obsesses us.
The Good voice blesses us. The Evil voice condemns us.
So, what’s the deal?
Is there evil in the world?
Dang straight there is — and it takes many shapes and has many names, with anger, alcoholism, addiction, just to name a few.
These and other negative emotions and habits invade the human mind and experience and set out to destroy the human spirit, and they are pervasive in the world and society — whether or not one believes in the “good vs. evil” scenario in the spiritual/religious sense or from that perspective.
But here’s the good news:
There’s also good in the world — and that good is represented by the “Light” that always conquers the darkness; the Light that lives within each of us.
And that’s just the way it is — thank goodness.
In short, good habits can counter the bad or negative ones, beginning with something as easy-peasy as embracing the simple treasures of life. The little things. A walk on the beach. Sweet conversations. Quiet time.
Everything else is simply overrated.
If each of us listens as carefully and beautifully to our “Good” voice — those sweet whispers from Heaven, if you will — that still small voice…just as I did on that one night in April 2009…well, then we’re “good” to go!