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Balancing Goals v. Being in the Now

Sunday, September 08, 2013

I really like goals. I think they are helpful.

I also have a tendency to become obsessed with what the future will look like once I reach those goals, and I think that such thoughts are not always so helpful.

There seems to be something powerfully good in having a goal and yet also being deeply grateful for where I am right now.

I have a goal to lose fifty pounds. The fact that I have had and currently have access to enough food to be overweight is truly a blessing. Many, many, many people around the world do not have sufficient food for today.

I have a goal to be more "out there" participating as a singer on stage. Singing makes me feel alive and valuable when I sing in private. I really get into shame about how I don't want to sing on stage until I get thin; I've sung many times on stage before, and so it's not that I have stage fright. Maybe I'm expecting too much from the singing experience (like hoping people will think, "what a goddess--beautiful and seemingly so very humble") instead of concentrating on how I have a gift to offer the world. Gotta work on the NOW part of the singing thing.

I have a goal to become stronger in cycling. The fact that I have a bicycle, gear, and working arms, legs, eyes, and ears today to do my workout (after which I always feel good, good, good) are things for which I am very grateful.

Keeping an eye on balance.
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ARGENTPUCK 9/10/2013 3:10AM

    You may be familiar with the novelty hit released by the Weather Girls called "It's Raining Men." Funny thing, those two women were two quite large singers, both in body and in voice, and they were crazy successful...

Under their original name: Two Tons of Fun.

I kid you not.

On the other hand, when they broke up, Martha Wash went on to do the lead vocals on some of the biggest dance tracks of the 90s but was deliberately kept out of the public eye because of her size. She eventually sued and continued to be successful. You'd probably know her as the woman who did the vocals for "Everybody Dance Now," among many other house hits.

Point being, size is often not a major influence when it comes to music unless you are a.) a teenage pop singer or b.) seriously vying for the #1 spot on the Hot 100. And Adele proved that neither of those rules are hard and fast. So get on stage and throw your confidence behind your voice. When you've got a smoking hot body, too, that'll just be icing for the cake.

Mmm.. cake.

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GHK1962 9/8/2013 6:30PM

    Wooohoooo for balance!
emoticon (I was looking for a balance beam or scale..but could not find one.)

As for the singing ... ohhh ... you can do a vlog ... video blog....yup, yup. What kind of stuff do you sing? And ... did I mention you can do a video blog. Heh.
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