June 4, 2016
15:21 Istanbul, Turkey
Sitting at the gate I came into, from the plane, at Istanbul Ataturk, I waited patiently for my phone to finish charging. Once fully charged, and I made sure I knew which way to go, I proceeded to the restroom. After my chat with nature, I moved to the dual sinks, where a middle-aged man was standing - himself, in front of one since and his luggage in front of another. At peripheral glance, I figured he was washing his hands. He was washing his feet; one foot at a time, of course. Interestingly, I was not shocked by any of it. I stood there, and simply waited my turn. When he noticed my standing by, he began to scramble (just a little, in an apologetic way of ""I will finish"; but I gestured, "no, please continue, I'm fine." The man smiled and returned to his original pace. When he dried his feet, and the area, put on his socks and slipped into his shoes, he turned to me, smiling and waving, and said "thank you, goodbye" in what I believed to be Turkish - but definitely a language unbeknownst to me. I waved back, phonetically repeating what he said to me and proceeded to wash my hands. It was a moment that I will forever embrace, one that others with a lack of understanding might have judged. Perhaps he realized the same. Perhaps.
June 10, 2016
She Will Be
She dance party's in the water and creates vibrant waves which grooves to my feet. She beckons my voice to sing back to her rhythm, and splash gratitude along the rocks. The wind sways like Heavenly Peace as She twirls and limbos under the Sun. She is my everything in every way. This healing Ocean and this romantic Sun prompts me to float restfully along the contours of her succulent surfaces. And though She is sometimes troubled, her smile in the midst of her struggles makes her the most beautiful Spirit in the world. Her history proves her strength and her physique illustrates her resilience. Her reputation doesn't shake her, because she's got a secret that even Victoria couldn't fathom. And never along is She, no; She is loved by the Spiritually Elite, and who may sail away always flies back. She will always be there, to dance and sing to your most alluring desires.
Bonjou! Sak passe? Recently, I went on a 5-day retreat to Haiti, to (finally) explore this forgotten gem of a country and to re-center. It has been a destination I wanted to immerse myself in since the earthquake of 2010. I found myself wondering why there was not a lot to say about the country, outside of its destitution and crime. So, naturally, me being the one who does not always just accept what is told to me, wanted to see for myself. I wanted my senses to create their own experiences and for me to allow a valuable lesson be learned: never judge a country by its rumors.
Haiti was nothing short of a beautiful place to be. I ate, I laughed, I learned, I explored, I spoke, I embraced a new perception on life and the wondrous pursuit of happiness that either motivates or plagues us, depending on how we Journey. I will be happy to share some of those experiences in the coming blogs. For now, take look at thought-in-time that I had, while near the waters...
Wow, it has surely been a while since my last blog and update. Life has been a beautiful adventure and one that I will be sure to catch you all up one. With all of the opportunities and experiences I have been afforded over the years, I wanted to take a moment and reflect on my growth; both as an Actor and a person, as a whole. I am truly grateful to learn and to grow, and to be able share it all the very ones who inspire me. Very soon, I will be sharing my experiences of my recent Performers' Residency in Italy. In the meantime, let's keep rising!
Donnell E. Smith