Posted by Michael Mazzella |
Posted on February 19, 2014
I by no means am an expert on this thing we call life. I by no means am an expert of how to be the best actor, talk show host, comic, author, singer, or dancer. I am simply a child of GOD, just hopefully gazing, like WE all are. Recently while eating dinner at my favorite Los Angeles restaurant, Villa Blanca, I had a conversation with someone whom I deeply and passionately respect. She spoke to me and our other darling friend about life’s little misses. You know, those moments where you are just so close, an inch from the kiss, but for whatever reason, known or unknown, the kiss is interrupted and what would have been is lost.
Her words were profound. The juxtaposition of complete devastation and learning lessons of those little misses were mystifying. The language I was hearing reverberated throughout my body. I was unsure if I was going to cry over her frustrations or rejoice in her strength. Life truly can be a contradiction, but isn’t that part of what makes it so beautiful? I believe it was Susan Sarandon who explained that her life had been built on a series of stupid mistakes that eventually took her to where she ended up. This same ideology can be used for those little misses. Perhaps it is those misses that end up taking us to exactly where we need to be, exactly when we need to be there, leading to the big hit we were hoping for the entire time. I believe this to be true. We are exactly where we need to be right now in GOD’s divine and perfect plan for us. Each miss can be painful, heart wrenching, but as the great teacher of life Iyanla Vanzant says, “The best students get the hardest lessons.”
I began to think of my own misses. While my life has been much shorter and far less expansive than the greatness of whom I was sitting next to, the lesson was the same. It is our darkest hours that make us the most beautiful and lead to our greatest triumphs. In my opinion a triumph could be defined as the moment when we are blindly traveling down GOD’s path for us and a street lamp illuminates, allowing us to see exactly where it is we are in that very moment. A wink from God showing us that we are where we need to be, having made it to the next mile marker along the journey of life.
It’s been said all people will have a “dark night of the soul” at one point in their lives. A night where all of those little misses culminate into one gut ripping moment that causes you to vomit the blood of life’s painful experiences while simultaneously feeling tremendous heart ache ache and sorrow. However, like a cloud that floats through the air transforming into ice, rain, or snow, we will be a new while remaining the same.
Posted by Michael Mazzella |
Posted on February 10, 2014
By Michael Mazzella
Please take this blog post as an attempt of mine to try and convey my truest inner thoughts and intentions.
Last month, I attended the People’s Choice Awards. I am very grateful to have received the opportunity to go and enjoy myself. It hurt me though. My Dharma, or commonly referred to as purpose in life, is to entertain people by bringing them joy, pleasure, happiness, laughter, and a formulation of words that not only entertain but provoke a thought. I believe that in a single second of true laughter the heart space is fully opened up thus leading to thoughts that may have not entered into the mind otherwise. It only takes one thought to plant the seed that grows into the endless forest of possibilities that we all seek. The universe is an infinite, never-ending space, therefore, the possibilities that we have are infinite and never ending. I AM a teacher. I tell the stories of HUMANS BEING – the stories of the human heart and the endless flow of emotions and energies the soul experiences. These stories can masquerade in the form of a silly television show, such as “The Golden Girls.” Or, display themselves in a deeper, harsher form, such as in the film “Dallas Buyers Club.” Regardless, these are just examples to show that the stories of the human experiences and the existence of the heart are chameleons, taking the form of whatever vessel is required to teach each individual something pertinent. Sometimes these lessons and teachings are wrapped in cursing and crude behavior or in tears that touch the soul. As long as the heart space is opened, a thought that can change the world can live and breathe within us.
People often refer to others as “communities:” the “gay community,” “the African American community,” “southerners,” etc. This should not be the case. We are all ONE community. We are one large community known as human kind. I believe that even the smallest action of one person anywhere on EARTH will affect the experience of all others. Point being, we are all connected. There is no point where I stop and you begin. We are one.
People often state their goals are for money, fame, fortune, a partner, a new car, or whatever materialistic item that is desired in that moment. In reality our goals are all really HAPPINESS. If you seek a new car you are actually seeking happiness. If you seek more money you are actually seeking increased happiness. If your car is busted and you seek it to be fixed, you are truly only seeking happiness.
In order to grow as HUMANS BEING, we must constantly turn to knowledge and growth of thought. Stories, entertainment, and pleasure can do this. Why? Because in order to achieve what it is we seek we must be WILLING to fully open ourselves up to vulnerability, even for just a split second. For example, you are an audience member and the host of the show says something that causes immense laughter, in that moment you allowed yourself to be vulnerable. Here’s a second example, you are watching a movie that causes you to cry or weep because a young girl’s mother may have just passed away, in that moment you allowed yourself to be vulnerable.
Right now, I am choosing to say I am vulnerable and feel vulnerable instead of storing these emotions into the dark depths and pit of my soul. I am choosing to face whatever it is that has shown itself to me. Whatever IT is, it is a lesson. I believe my lesson from the People’s Choice Awards is a lesson in the uselessness of jealousy. I was hurting because I was feeling jealous. Why them? Why am I not up there? This is my life’s calling. It’s the reason that the ALL powerful, ALL knowing, omnipotent GOD and ruler of the Universe placed me on this Earth. I will release these feelings and open myself to sinking deeper into BLIND trust. Blind trust that even though the path in front is not illuminated, it is the right one. I WILL be on that stage, but only in GOD’s (the universe) divine and forever perfect time. In the mean time, I AM choosing to practice gratitude because I have been blessed with endless abundance. I am magnificent and will always receive the endless abundance of the Universe. I will help others to have joy, achieve their dreams and at the same time achieve my own.
It’s time to shine the light on whatever hurts. It’s a lesson that will lead to our highest good. You may call GOD Jesus, Allah, Buddha, Jehovah, Yahweh, Shiva, or Vishnu, or simply THE UNIVERSE. The highest of highest powers will only work for our highest good and affluence. I call IT Jesus, and am so eternally grateful.
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