On January 1, 2017 PaisleyPerspective celebrated 6 years! With a new year comes evaluation of the past and what is to come. Personally 2016 has been an amazing year for me. There are many milestones that occurred in the year. The primary event for me was being invited to the White House by First Lady Michelle Obama. This definitely stands out as one of the major moments of the year.
However, on a public level there have been many events that have occurred that are not so great. Multiple celebrity deaths of iconic individuals one being Prince Rogers Nelson my favorite musician. Conflicts in various regions of the world and the election of Donald Trump at the 45th U.S. President. The President-Elect has stirred up discontent among other nations even prior to being inaugurated. I don’t have to go on here with why Trump is not fit, I have written blog posts that outline my reasons for this comment.
In a new year we all want to miraculously become a better person. We want to lose weight, eat better, be nicer, save more or be more organized. The reality is we are the same person we were at 11:59pm before the clock struck midnight in a new year. So the same person I was in 2016 is the same person I am in 2017. A new year doesn’t dictate whether I become a better person this is something that can happen anytime of the year.
Finally, on the last day of 2016 I attended the funeral of a fellow poet. His name was Tavis P. Brunson. It is difficult to speak of him in the past tense but that is what we do when someone has died. I hesitate to say funeral because it actually was a true celebration of life. A beautiful gathering in a fairly large church packed with poets from all over South Carolina and North Carolina. With those present wearing Batman t-shirts, Dallas Cowboy jerseys and caps, or poet inspired gear, it was a blessing to see that Tavis’s family understood he was a poet specifically one of the best slam poets not only in the United States but internationally. And that his other passions were incorporated in the celebration. The continuous theme that was said by nine poets on program and during his eulogy was that he lived his purpose.
With regard to PaisleyPerspective, my primary goal is the same as it always is and that is to live my purpose; and sometimes to share it here. PaisleyPerspective wishes you an abundantly blessed New Year where you are your best self.
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