The Upside of Conflicts
Life is what you choose. Life is what it is. And life isnít what it isnít. The struggles of any life worth living require a practice of self-liberation, as documented in freedom songs or stories from here to Timbuktu. Despite having been thrown into the throws of a mysterious universe, our heroes choose love over fear, inspiration over death, freedom over enslavement.
The truth is, all good stories and songs need a challenge or a conflict to keep the interest of the audience. In other words, transform your perspective and youíll see that no matter the challenge, you have the power to choose your destiny. As it has been said before, my enemy can drag me through the streets, burn my home, and I will still love them.
If my world is mean and unfair, I can find my inner strength and still succeed with honors. If I have no legs, I thank god for my arms. If I donít have a home, thank god for a bed under the stars. And in case I find myself lost in the world of fast food, billboards and bad health, I can still sit down and write a rap song.
Facing one such situation, hereís what I wrote yesterday ó in service to a life of inspiration, brilliance and magic:
This bright cloth of existence
Is a weaving of sacred threads fits
Colors, songs and caressed bits
Like a prayer for natural fabrics.
The fire of water, air and earth elements
I donít even mind which is which
Or better yet, if life is sandwiched
Between the heart or mindless
Ainít no ifís andís butís about it
Thank god for the goddess
The dreamer, the family and the kiss
Which creates us all in the image
Of the child which is just the village
The father which is still just the kid
Dressed in the emperorís undress
So the queen makes pajama myths
And a story of dancing bliss
Donít sleep on Pachaís oneness
Count sheep when the drum hits
Choosing to dream over ignorance!
Aaron Ableman (aka A-Natural) is a widely celebrated entertainer, author, and ecologist.