Hawaiian Code of Forgiveness, and it’s an important thought because when we forgive others, who are we forgiving? Ourselves, of course.
After a journey of uncertainty as a rescue from Tennesse, and in desperate need of a foster home, a lost pup found open arms and loving hearts in New York City. When the volunteer brought her by, she literally collapsed into my arms after a long road trip, avoiding going to a shelter and the possibility of death. I knew from the moment I met her it was meant to be.
I immediately renamed her, because Princess LeilaMolly suits her perfectly. She has brought so much joy into my life and the lives of others. She delights everyone she meets with her tale of survival and her sweet & goofy demeanor. (The squirrels she chases in the park may beg to differ.) And she is so smart & well behaved she often gets to come to work with me on TV & film productions. She gets A-List treatment, of course.
Please look into adoption when considering bringing a pet into your family. Or at least fostering an animal in need. There are so many beautiful lives that deserve another chance. And believe me, they know and appreciate the kindness with endless gratitude.
“For me, singing sad songs often has a way of healing a situation. It gets the hurt out in the open into the light, out of the darkness.” -Reba McEntire
A wonderful quote from an amazing woman and performer. Music is what gets many of us through some of the most difficult times. It can save lives, when the weight of the world seems unbearable. Captivating songs are a precious reprieve, allowing the release of pain and acknowledgment of the joy of living.
Music is directly correlated to development and memory. It has been proven to improve the wellbeing of people who are suffering from physical ailments, as well as mental. I highly recommend watching a wonderful documentary called Alive Inside: A Story of Music and Memory. It’s a tearjerker that will motivate you to dig out your old iPods and donate them to a good cause. http://musicandmemory.org/donate-my-ipod/
The only way to discourage hate is to counteract it with love and empathy. Trying my best to shine the light of forgiveness onto hatred.
The internet has a dark side. Sadly, I’ve noticed it’s becoming more and more volatile. It’s a place where people can become trolls, attempting to harm peoples’ lives and reputations.
The past few months, I remained as silent as I could in a public forum regarding something that comes up on the first page of my Google search. Under an untraceable false identity and fake name, someone posted a creepy and very disturbing post full of lies about my life, actions, and personal character. There’s really nothing I could do, as the “ripoff” website allows people to anonymously cause trouble while hiding behind their computers. The website also pockets money from innocent people when they attempt to remove libelous posts. I refuse to waste money on such garbage.
At first, I was concerned about the detrimental effect this could have on my career and reputation when people who don’t know me personally do a Google search. That’s why I initially wrote this blog post. I felt it was time to stand up for myself and others who have been targets of cyberstalking. My family and friends have been amazing in showing emotional support. As they have pointed out, the lies this person posted are so ridiculous and far-fetched that “nobody will believe it.” I agree, wholeheartedly. And in regards to the cyberstalker, I truly hope the person gets the help they clearly need and stops trying to harm innocent people.
I’m focused on love, light, and happiness. At the end of the day, I’m grateful to be a stronger more enlightened person.
Wow, this year has been amazing and super busy! Meant to post this a while ago. Here’s the link to a lovely interview on GRZNYC.com *much appreciation and gratitude*
Copyright photo by Savannah Spirit 2014
It’s been almost a year since Leila and I randomly crossed paths, saving each other’s lives when I adopted her. We’re both survivors, Southern Girls that have found happiness in New York City. She brings a smile upon my face every day, seeing her expressive doe eyes filled with love and gratitude. She is truly a blessing. I know it was fate that brought us together. When all else seems to fail and the world appears to be falling apart in all directions, unconditional love is always there to brighten the day. Amazing friends and family get us through the sadness.
If listening to this doesn’t bring tears to your American eyes there’s something wrong with you. Happy 4th of July!
Woke up early this morning, looking forward to another amazing day. We all have our trials and tribulations… keep your chin up. It’s a blessing to be alive. Focus on the lovers, not the haters.
Thanks to my soul sista Erin Marie for sharing this wonderful message. Have a safe and fun weekend, everyone.