Born to Do It!!! from the Harte


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Born to Do It!!!
What were you born to do? What is your ‘it’?

In order to try to answer this question, you need to ask yourself: “what is it that if I did not do, would cause me to no longer enjoy life but just exist?” Actually, am I enjoying life to the fullest now? Am I doing what I was born to do? One way to answer this is with another question: what makes me feel completely alive? or what brings me joy? For me, it is music. For others, it may be acting, athleticism, parenting, the practice of medicine, philosophy, writing, gardening, volunteering, etc. Is there something in life that you must do? Something you always return to as soon as you tend to the day-to-day necessities of life? We should all know and have joy, passion, in our lives. I use the word passion almost synonymously with destiny because afterall, we all have a destiny to fulfill and it can take an all-consuming passion to meet the daily challenges of life and yet, continue our quest of self actualization.

I would argue that fulfilling our individual and collective destinies is the reason for being human. Destiny does not have to be on a grandiose scale such as becoming the leader of a country, a great musician or one who has fame and fortune. Each individual has to pursue their own destiny; it is up to each and every one of us to discover our own, unique destiny. I say discover because destiny is not always evident and most times people have to fight to actualize who they are which may require some form of deep introspection. Parents, society and many other compelling factors can pull you in directions that are the opposite of your true self. Some people know who they are early in life, childhood even, and persist in manifesting their true selves throughout their lives and may even have the support of friends and family to do so; these are the fortunate few. Others of us know who we are but have to fight to be who we are which may require swimming upstream when others, or the circumstances of life, pressure you to be one way but actually, you are another. Still some, have no idea of who they truly are and even though they have many opportunities to grasp the pursuit of their true passion, they do not  and continue living unaware of the joy that could be. The conscious journey of self actualization is sublime in and of itself. Although we do have friends and family whom we love dearly with all our hearts, we are more than how we relate to friends, family, communities or to the world. Each is an individual.

If we are lost, we only have so much time in this lifetime to find ourselves. If we know, we only have so much time in this lifetime to Do It! …Born to Do It!

by: from the Harte
12/14/2015

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How Beyoncé Is Redefining The Future Of The Music Industry

 

How Beyoncé Is Redefining The Future Of The Music Industry
P. CLAIRE DODSON 04.30.16 6:06 AM

Beyoncé’s new visual album Lemonade, released last weekend, is a masterpiece of a short film. It’s also the new pinnacle of popular music—a multi-genre epic full of anger, heartbreak, and power. It is a perfect culminating moment for how we make, distribute, and consume popular music.
Beyoncé has long been a pioneer in savvy use of digital platforms to promote her work. Her career picked up speed with Destiny’s Child in 1996 and again in 2003 with the start to her solo career, but she really began to dominate in 2013, the year she announced (via Instagram) the release of a surprise self-titled album with corresponding music videos for every song. Despite having no advance promotion, that album sold more than 800,000 copies worldwide in just three days, thanks in part to excited social chatter to the tune of 1.2 million tweets featuring her name in the first 12 hours. The joint tour with Jay Z to promote that album earned more than $100 million in ticket sales alone. Lemonade, meanwhile, was released on husband Jay Z’s platform Tidal, where it wasavailable exclusively for about a day before becoming available on iTunes.

While digital savvy is one ingredient in Beyonce’s successful business strategy, her artistic and branding decisions are also paving the way for other artists.

TAKING CREATIVE CONTROL

Beyoncé’ founded Parkwood Entertainment in 2008. Parkwood released her last three albums (arguably her best three), as well as a slew of music videos and feature films and her recent athletic-wear line Ivy Park with Topshop. Owning her own company gives her an immense amount of artistic and business freedom; though the albums are released in partnership with Columbia Records, she gets to say who she wants to work with and when she wants to do it.

Online streaming and new channels for distribution have leveled the playing field for everyone, and no one has exploited that better than Beyoncé. The future of this industry belongs to her.

Edited 05.02.2016

“Why Can’t You Remember” by: from the Harte

 

Felecia 06.23.2013

“Why Can’t You Remember”
by: from the Harte© 02/2016

Why can’t you remember
that you and I merged as two
Why can’t you remember
that two is only me and you

Why can’t you remember
you said we would never part
Why can’t you remember
to never wound my precious heart

Why can’t you remember
to forget the urge of fleeting lust
Why can’t you remember
in you, I put my faith and trust

Why can’t you remember
I gave you my all, my everything
Why can’t you remember
you gave to me a forever ring

Why can’t you remember
the day our son was born
Why can’t you remember
a broken home is for him to mourn

Why can’t you remember
all the things together we shared
Why can’t you remember
how heartily you said you cared

Why can’t you remember
the many tears over you I have cried
Why can’t you remember
I wiped your tears when your mother died

Why can’t you remember
when you had no worldly goods
Why can’t you remember
I gave to you all of mine that I could

Why can’t you remember
when you were sick lying in bed
Why can’t you remember
I held your hand and rubbed your head

Why can’t you remember
a broken heart hurts so bad
Why can’t you remember
you were the only one I ever had

Why can’t you remember
the golden words of the golden rule
Why can’t you remember
to hold me in your heart as I hold you

Why can’t you remember
there will be a price for you to pay
Why can’t you remember
you will long for me again someday

When you remember
I gave unto you all myself, my love
you will remember
that was all I was guilty of

written by Felecia Harte

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Is There A Perfect Life? by from the Harte

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Is There A Perfect Life?… by: from the Harte Print
~Felecia

A perfect life would probably mean something different to different people. For some, a perfect life may mean a committed relationship, a great business or job, fame, or to be healthy, and yet to others, just having that child they have always wanted would make life perfect. Therefore, perfection is not absolute but relative.

However, is there such a thing as a perfect life? It seems that perfection and life are on opposite ends of the spectrum. Perfection is static: the perfect tool for a job, the perfect dress for an occasion, the perfect song for a wedding, or the perfect words to soothe the pain of a friend. Once perfection is reached, then there is resolution and no further need. The definition of life includes the capacity for growth, reproduction and continual change. This very definition of life excludes perfection. Life is perpetual motion ceaseless in its quest to regenerate itself. This holds true in nature and in our human lives as well. A most obvious demonstration of this is that people give birth to offspring whose physical, psychological, social, and emotional development metamorphs through the continuum of life from infants to adults to old age.

As we course through life, we face the many dimensions of life: the joy of bringing a new life into the world, the happiness found in endearing relationships, and the trials and tribulations of losing a loved one. It is the latter, trials and tribulations, that present the greatest opportunities for growth; growth is one of the qualities of being alive. Growth and perfection do not exist together; there is either one or the other. The biggest challenges in life require the most effort and therefore represent the biggest opportunities for personal evolution.

One of the biggest challenges is loss: of employment, of home, wealth or of a loved one. These are the times we may have to stop and remove ourselves from the flow of life. These are the times for honest reflection and re-evaluation of the very core of who we are. It takes strength and courage for honest self-reflection. We may ask ourselves: what is going to happen to me? Perhaps the most piercing questions are who am I and do I have what it takes to carry on? There may even be self-doubt about having the strength and courage to carry on but all of us experience self-doubt. Self doubt is not a weakness when we have the audacity to continue life’s journey. Self-doubt is not what diminishes us but it is whether we have what it takes to stand in the arena of life, in the midst of the negative chatter, self-imposed or otherwise, and conquer our fears. This is what matters most.

I would ask not only is there a perfect life but can there be a perfect life? Perfection has its place in some finite situations but has no place in what we call life for life is to be lived. In order to partake in the joy of life and to meet its challenges, we need to be as free as the ocean tides and as vast as the universe.

from the Harte,
~Felecia
01/17/2016
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