Inspired by Get on Up

Everyone has a story to tell:

  • The cashier at the grocery store
  • The transient walking the streets with a backpack
  • Your loved ones
  • Your lonely Aunt
  • Your grumpy Uncle
  • Your neighbor
  • The schoolteacher
  • Your co-worker
  • And all the supporting characters in your life

Everybody is significant and everyone matters to someone – in one way, some ways, or all ways.

Everyone has just one life:

  • Some are filled with heartache that leads to a lifetime of failures
  • Some use their heartache to drive success
  • Some are filled with fantastic joy
  • Some are filled with terrible pain
  • Some have emotional scars that cannot be overcome
  • Some use those emotional scars as fuel to move them through

One can never assume what someone’s life looks like; looks are deceiving, always be kind.

Every life is full of contradictions:

  • Joy and Pain
  • Dark and Light
  • Yin and Yang
  • Pain from our parents
  • Delight from our children
  • Joy from our parents
  • Ache from our children

Get on Up is a movie about James Brown, The Godfather of Soul. It depicted his life as hard, yet successful. It was full of heartache from an early age. He loved intensely and endured deep emotional pain. His lack of money, education, and parental love in his early life didn’t stop him from becoming one of the most prominent musicians of the past.

Every life’s story is:

  • Important to many
  • Important to some
  • Seemingly important to no one
  • Is told to the world
  • Will never be spoken of

Actions are actions. The narrative around those actions don’t make them right or wrong, it simply explains them. Judgement comes easy; understanding is difficult.

“The most authentic thing about us is our capacity to create, to overcome, to endure, to transform, to love, and to be greater than our suffering.” Ben Okri

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