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Sing My Way To It

posted Jul 30, 2014, 8:35 AM by Suzette Vearnon   [ updated Mar 13, 2015, 9:01 AM ]
In an encore of Oprah's interview with Jennifer Hudson, I was reminded of a response she had to the question of her untimely exit from American Idol.  "I didn't know how I was going to reach my dreams.  I just knew that I would have to sing my way to it."  Sing her way to it, she did, garnering her an Oscar win. 

As I reflect on my present moment, I ask myself what is singing inside of me.  It's a dream of freedom.  That is my heart song.  Freedom from working for somebody else.  Freedom to live my life on my terms.  A dream of creating a life that is inspired and fulfilling.  Having the money to have that dream.  

My resistance isn't Simon Cowell or others on the panel of American Idol.  It's my ego that pushes for what's familiar.  I've just about gotten beyond its taunts.  "You should be further along," it whispers.  "You should be doing more.  Look at so and so and what she's doing.  Look at Mr. Man and what he's doing.  You should be doing that."  Meditation has been my mainstay.  Every time I get centered and focused on the present moment, those whispers are silenced. 

Presence is my emphasis.  The present moment reveals Presence.  Presence is who I really am, the me that you can't see but who is the observer, the witness to everything that is going on in my life.  Most of all, Presence is the witness to Purpose.  Purpose gives focus and intention to my Presence.  They are a marriage built on trust and cooperation.  That is where our power lies.  They edge out Ego every time. 

Anytime you sing someone else's song, you subject yourself to comparison.  Does she sing it like its originator.  If you sing it as well or better, people applaud you but you still get compared.  "Whitney is the icon.  She has earned her own place.  But man, you sang it just as well," a judge might say.  This is music to your ears.  Once you calm down though, you realize that you are still occupying someone else's seat.  Singing your song creates your own seat. 

How can I bring that Presence, that Passion, that Song to everything that I do?  I think the key is being aware of Presence and approaching everything that I do from that awareness.