Ironically, as I prepare to type this entry, while listening to a random playlist, on Spotify, of music from Billie Holiday, "Strange Fruit" plays as I insert the title. Coincidence? Perhaps. Make of it what you will. I digress.
Among today's eventfulness was an early morning trip to the dentist. Oh, you know, just your average visit to Urgent Care, after dealing with an unfortunate (but hidden) tooth ailment. When my name was finally called, I was surprised at how calm I was. Even on the other side of [the procedure] I was quite serene, and it wasn't due to any type of medication, either. There was a great lesson in that; I knew what needed to be done, and I knew what was needed in order for it to be accomplished... Focus. From the time I sat down, I placed some feel-good music in my ear, awaited the anesthesia and summoned peace and relaxation. C'est la vie.
Now, those who know me, know I can be somewhat of a hard-head when it comes to medication. I'm all for meditation and holistic approaches to ailment, but I also know that tooth pain is worse than a flopped audition in front of a favorite Casting Director...wait, let me rethink that... Anyhow, at first, I resisted any type of pain killers when the numbing started to wear off. Then, it hit me. Not the pain, but the realization of [the procedure] and the pain that was sure to follow. So I downed a couple of ibuprofen and prayed to the holistic gods that it wouldn't alter my chemical balance - these things go deep for me. I was fine. Fast forward to my plucking away the Series I've been working on. With a self-set deadline for the end of the month to meet, I am in it, propa. Focused. I pause, notice a twinge of pain coming on, but I use that as motivation to dive right back into my writing. Pain. Writing. Pain. Inspiration. Writing. More pain. Deeper inspiration. Intense writing... Coincidence? Hmmmm... Make of it what you will.
The greater the focus, the weaker the distractions, the more effective the accomplishment. Donny, out.
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I remember being in school and looking forward to Mother Nature's wintry wrath and having a day (or more) off. These days, it's a different story. We adults don't always get that luxury, and as Creatives, we are pretty much like the Postal Service - "whether rain, or sleet, or snow..." But guess who is rebelling on this particular slushy day? Yup, this guy.
While it's not a complete day off, I do take solace in delaying my departure from the house, to get some internal work done; updates, emails, phone calls, things that don't require me to leave right away. Realizing that I've not communicated via blogging in some time, was the perfect excuse to stay in and a great way to keep creativity flowing. True, it's not as bad out as it was made to be, but I'll take a work-from-home day, as long as productivity prevails. I usually recognize that there is always something to be done, so total days off - whether snowy or not - are usually few and far in-between. Especially these days, in support of the new docuseries, TIME: The Kalief Browder Story.
Tomorrow will air the third (3rd) episode of TIME, and I normally like to contribute to spreading the word by using the social media platforms to remind and encourage people to tune in to SpikeTV or BET to catch the series. It's not an easy series to watch, but one that is very necessary for our communities and, essentially, the nation. We are in a new type of political climate where the hard truth is walking right in front of us and a lot of people, groups, values, and morals are on the line. I'm glad to know about and hear the conversations being had, and hope that they will manifest into even greater action than ever before taken. So, while gearing up to tune into tomorrow's episode of TIME: The Kalief Browder Story, at 10p EST on SpikeTV, here are a couple of videos with commentary from friends of mine who have been willing to talk about it. Until soon...
#KaliefBrowder #TIME #SpikeTV #TheCinemart #SmithDonnellE #LetsTalkAboutIt #iAm #change
Donnell E. Smith