Ever wonder why Joseph didn’t sleep with Potiphar’s wife? He certainly could have. She came on to him often, and finally got so tired of his rejections that she lied and said he tried to rape her. Joseph ended up in prison for a crime he didn’t commit. But what gave Joseph the strength to not give in to temptation?
Some people can power through their migraines. Not me. It’s a force that’s stronger than my will power. It’s Hurricane Katrina compared to my wimpy exhaling. I have to get in a dark room, close my eyes and sleep. Not for days, necessarily, but for at least an hour, especially if I catch it in the early stage. As I felt this storm gathering, I tried to think of who I could call for help.
We share a common struggle — knowing how and when to deliver bad news. My tendency is to delay the delivery, or worse, try to avoid the need for delivery by allowing time to pass. But I’ve found this only makes the inevitable harder.
I had lunch with an accomplished surgeon awhile back who told me the two words that will kill the heart fastest are the words “ought to.”
I married my deejay and music producer. Since we said, “I do,” we’ve been traveling, working, creating and performing together, sticking closely to our respective processes. Recently, the electric feeling of an idea was born in both of us. We started brainstorming, talking about themes, beats, stage versus studio, rhymes. Then we decided to come up with a name for our duo. All of this sounded really cool. Then we sat down to actually collaborate.
We’re all wondering if we matter. And of course we do. But Oprah’s empathetic understanding of this desire and her affirmation of people on these three levels might explain a lot about her success.
You’ve probably heard the saying “money follows value.” It seems to be thrown around a lot in the business world, but I believe it also has a lot of light to shine on the desks of writers and creatives like me.
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