By Carla Helené Ezell
Performers usually know instinctively how to find their light. It's simple. Don't stand in dark spaces on stage. Sounds easy enough, right? Of course it does. So why do we struggle to find our light in life? I don't think this answer is quite so easily found as looking for a follow spot. I mean, no one is holding a spotlight on us when we are walking down the street (at least I hope not - we can save that drama for Reality TV stars). In real life, we have to go out and find that light for ourselves, but conceptually, the same rules apply.
What is finding your light? Well, for the sake of this blog series, your "light" is your "truth". It means, figuring out your "reason for being" and then living your life in a way that reveals your truth through every thought, word and action. Walking in your purpose means doing and becoming what you were born to do and be. It is why you are here on this planet and it is inherent to you alone. Your "why" is your destiny (if you believe in such things). It is the most important work you will ever do on this planet and the most rewarding thing you will ever do too.
Finding your "light" is the key to living your best life. Have you ever seen someone with an inner glow? I mean, they just have this shine that radiates from inside and brightens your day? Chances are, that person found their light and is walking in it every day. As a result, their life is infused with joy, and peace and all these amazing things, despite any challenges they may be facing. They seem to have this secret that empowers them to be a truly wonderful person. They are healthy and balanced and people gravitate toward them. Yup, these are all outward characteristics of a person who has found their light and walks in it regularly. I want that. Don't you?
Man, there is so much to unpack here. So instead of writing one LOOOOOONG dissertation, I will be breaking this up into a series of weekly installments because I don't want to rush through it and miss important points. So please stay tuned! This is going to be so good! 💞
J. Rashid Williams (photographed above) is a Jersey guy who plays drums on a pretty big stage. I met him when he was working for my high school friend, singer and writer extraordinaire Eric Roberson (Maybe you're heard of him? If not, you can thank me later!) Rashid currently tours with John Legend and Jill Scott (among others), is sponsored by Mapex Drums, Zildjan Symbols, Vic Firth (and more), has been featured countless times in Modern Drummer, other entertainment publications and is kind of a low-key big deal. Check him out and give him a follow on social media @jrashidwilliams pretty much err-where. 😉
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My name is Carla Helené. I am a cheeky naturalista, serial entrepreneur, speaker, educator and self love advocate who encourages women to embrace their truth, love themselves and make margaritas out of life’s lemons. Is there a recipe for this? I’m not sure I but I know we can figure it out together.
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