“If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music he hears, however measured, or far away.” Henry David Thoreau
Growing up I learned these seven habits. They provided concrete terms for getting a lease on living the life that was meant for me. I didn’t fully realize that Jazz was truly a blessing for healing and transformation my life until May 2003 when my mom died and I was on my own. Now you may think, why? My reason, I wanted to heal my life and to change into the person my heart told to be. So, I went back to my childhood where things seemed effortless. I chose jazz because it was an integral part of my getting connected to my soul while I was still in the womb. Here is the song my father wrote for me. It is entitled “Jannat”, my given name when I was a baby chick. What is your passion and how can it work for you? The universe is the limit. These powerful, yet simple habits can change your life for the better. Unleash your creativity. You’ll be amazed at how simple yet, powerful these concepts are. You’ve got nothing to lose and so much to gain.
“Jannat” performed by Gilberto & the Musicabana Orchestra (1958)
Habit #1. Honor your creativity and curiosity.
Listening and developing an appreciation of jazz has its own rewards. Most folks recognize that there are key life lessons they learned while growing up and listening to music or if you learned to play the piano or guitar you will get the same benefits. Be true to yourself even if you march to a different beat. It is virtually impossible to live a positive life with a negative attitude. When you think positively — sound turns into music; movement turns into dance; smiles become laughter and life becomes a celebration.
Using life metaphors can enrich and transform your experience. Metaphors can be either be bummers or can lift you up. How would you describe your life, is it a tragedy or a comedy or a “conflama” (conflict and drama)? Are you a nose to the grindstone or creative unleashing your best type? Metaphors are directly connected to your values and will light up your life? Writing is one of my core values. I rediscovered this when I participated in a poetry and prose workshop in 2003. I always wanted to tap into my creativity and self-expression. I loved going to rehearsals and recording sessions to listen for the subtle differences; or go to a art museum and view artist’s truths about life and last but not least to read everything! Whenever I write I make it an epic journey and I love to use my creative resource skills to deal with pitfalls and challenges. What are your metaphors? If they aren’t working for you, select another.
Practice makes perfect. I write every day, on the days it is more challenging, I switch over to reading so can experience different writing styles as well as research topics. That is the only way for you to experience the importance of seeking excellence.
It was a blessing when I witnessed my dad’s commitment and instinctively I emulated him with my school work. Music students are often high achievers academically. They develop a personal discipline and the focus needed to study or practice for long periods of time. The work ethic is developed during personal practice, applying lessons, and going to rehearsals. When you have internalized these characteristics it becomes a part of your character. This strength of character brings successes in every future endeavor you engage in.
Learn to respect your creativity and how to apply and extend those characteristics to everyone and thing in your life. Peace Out! JBC 8-)
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