Sitting at an outdoor cafe recently, I overheard a conversation at a nearby table that I feel is worth repeating. Actually, the conversation was between two people from different tables. The conversation started when a woman who was in her late fifties was having a conversation on her cell phone. All we heard was, “I can’t do that, I am too old.” The minute she hung up her phone, a young man at a near by table turned to her and asked, “What can’t you do?” “Sing!” she replied. She went on to explain that she loved singing, had sung most of her life, but when she hit her fifties she felt she was just too old to continue.
Curious at this moment, the young man asked, “Are you stopping because of physical limitations or are you stopping because of perceptual limitations?” “I guess I would have to admit that I am stopping for perceptual limitations,” she replied.
Then there was a long silence.
After a few minutes of silence the very wise young man said, “You know if you stop doing something you really love because you think you are too old, you will become old. On the other hand, if you do what you really love your body might get old, but you will never become old.”
“I never thought about it that way, but you are right! I have felt unhappy since I stopped singing with the band. Maybe that is also the reason I have felt older, more resigned, and less positive. Wow! I am going to start singing again! I am not sure where, or how, but I do know you are right—I need to do what I love doing!”
The conversation ended and the two people went their separate ways, but the wisdom of this brief encounter lingered in the air. As I reflected on the conversation, I understood that I had witnessed several profound realizations. The first was how our perceptions can mold our reality and how changing even just one perception can change the whole course of our life. The second was that wisdom and guidance are available to us all of the time, we only need to be present, listen, and respond effectively.
With this in mind, I invite you to explore some of theICWIB! art activities and videos for FREE, because they are a wonderful way to become more present and shift your perceptions.
Also, in a recent interview, said, “Freedom is the ability to create without the limitation of generational programming. The I Create What I Believe! (ICWIB!) Program is a gateway and a pathway into a new and better future because it allows children to fully express themselves and to not be limited by the beliefs that have been passed down from generation to generation. This program also frees up children’s minds and allows their creative nature to create a better world for all of us, which is what we need right now!”