For a Time Such As This….

I found some amazing music that lifts my soul and wanted to share it with you. Considering the times in which we live in this nation, this music touches the heart as much as it did when it first was release by The Beatles in 1970.  Listen to the words and let them annoint you!

Ain’t I A Woman?

Sometimes we have to make a stand,…. by sitting down!

In honour of the those who went before me….

make-a-stand

“My Love’s AGAPE!”

In honor of Valentine’s Day – here’s a video that perfectly describes the four types of LOVE.

Produced by BADD (BelAir Drama Department) Ministry at the church I attend when I’m in Los Angeles,  BelAir Presbyterian. This amazing video featuring THE BADD STREET BOYS is funny yet relevant about the true nature of love. 

For your reference, here’s the types of God’s Love as expressed in the song…

  • STORGE – that’s love that’s like a mother
  • EROS – (sex) that’s love not mentioned in church
  • PHILIA – that’s love that’s like a good friend
  • AGAPE – the highest love that He calls us to; the love that NEVER goes away!

Beauty Found in the Concrete Ashes of Humanity

I am so proud to call Bridgit Antoinette Evans my friend and my sister!  We have been friends now for over 20 years, going all the way back to our time in grad school at Columbia University in the 90s.  The script written by Sandra A. Daley-Sharif is utterly phenomenal and blew me away with its poignancy, its pathos and its hard-hitting message of humanity and spirit.    I feel that these two women’s work – Sandra’s words and Bridgit performance – had to be highlighted at the top of this year, 2017, as we move forward as a country to try to heal from the wounds of an election cycle that left us all hurting and rendered an incomprehensible reality to us all – that we have lost our compassion and our ability to see the humanity in the least of our brothers and sisters.

To me, this video highlighted a social area of injustice that we usually  completely ignore – homelessness that leads to self-deprecating isolation and shame. Unfortunately it seems to me that many of the tenants of the roots of the United States are being ripped apart today as is so evidenced by the election of a man such as Trump – who glorifies opulence as well as over-the-top conspicuous consumption while ignoring  the plight of millions of Americans today – specifically as highlighted here in the harsh reality of poverty and homelessness!

It seem to me that we as nation have forgotten our compassion and our need to lift up and not stomp into oblivion those that are helpless due in many instances to no fault of their own.  Maybe it was a loss of a job, outrageous medical expenses, a divorce, I don’t know; but I do know that we need to be cognizant of our fellow-man and woman no matter what he or she looks like or smells like or worships like because one day, there but for the grace of God, go we and then this story as portrayed in this video becomes our own reality too.

This theatrical performance hits the heart because of its utter simplicity in delivery and its lack of bravado that yields complete authenticity.  It is an introspection of purpose that creates mind-blowing power!  I hope that you will enjoy this as much as I did so please take the time to share with your friends and family!  I believe that this powerful yet gentle message will touch their hearts deeply.  Bravo Bridgit and Bravo Sandra for creating such a  wonder piece!

The BusyGal
Felicia M. Lopes

I’d Rather the Roller Coaster to the Merry-Go-Round – Any Day!

Cyclone“I recall when I was young
My mama said don’t cry
Life is full of ups and downs
Like a roller coaster ride
There’ll be times you’ll get so scared,
Rollin’ down these hills
But hang on tight with all your might
Cause you don’t know what you feel.”*

I used to love the show, THE PARTRIDGE FAMILY.  I’ve just dated myself, so be it!

Because I was so young, however, I didn’t always understand the episodes’ deeper meaning.  I just loved the songs.  Well now that I’m a middle-aged woman, having experienced love, joy, pain, desperation, happiness, loss, and everything in between, I thoroughly get what this song is saying.

Waiting in Line

Don’t you hate waiting in line.  It’s like you feel your life ebbing away.  The 1st time I rode a roller coaster was at the Texas State Fair in Dallas, Texas in 1974.  I believe it was called The Comet.  See the Video Below this post to get a feel for what it was like.

If you’re from Texas, you understand that the Texas State Fair is an annual rituaWaiting in linel in which you are expected to participate, especially if you’re from Dallas, like I was, so, Hell… you’re going and in fact the schools would let you out for the day to “experience” Big Tex and all that the fair promised.  I just loved it!!!

That line taught me Patience and Perseverance because, at my young age, at the time, there seemed to be a million people all around us, so when we finally got to front of the line, we felt that we’d accomplished something huge!

The Thrilling Anticipation

Now came the time to board the ride.  Lord, have mercy! My brother. our friends and I would run to those wooden seats, and get strapped in, while at the same time we where shaking with anticipation and fear!psyclone03

Isn’t that how life always is?  We’re excited to do something, and when we finally get the chance to do it, we’re scared!  I learned that I am prepared for the ride.  So I better just suck it up and do it, for cryin’ out loud!

The First Hill and the Fall

I learned that the 1st time we try something, we aren’t always the best.

That 1st Drop is a Doosy!!!
That first drop is a DOOZY!!!

In fact, a lot of the times we fall flat on our faces!  But just as in the case of that roller coaster, that first drop, is a doozy!  You feel like you want to up-chuck everything! In fact, you’re actually praying to the good Lord above to bring you down from the mountain on high to the valley below, and once you get into that valley, your fear leaves, and you’re excited again to go back up the next hill! Besides you’re also grateful that you didn’t fall off the ride and die, and you’re still here…ALIVE!

The Loop-T-Loop

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Though you’re screaming,  you’re thrilled!  

What I learned is that our world can turn upside down for a moment, but if we keep on looking ahead and just embrace the ride, we’ll turn right side up again.  In the process, we change, and experience the revelation that we are tougher than we thought.  We can survive the upheavals of life, and though shaken to the core, we can rely on knowing that “this too shall pass” and a brighter future is ahead.

That Second Hill

spirit-coaster

So here comes that next problem, or that 2nd hill.  I learned that since I conquered that first drop, this second one was nothing!  That’s how life is.  The second one, though daunting, is usually not as bad as the first, because we’ve become stronger through the previous adversity!

The End of the Ride

Though scary as Hell, isn’t it strange that we don’t want it to end?  We actually are disappointed that the ride has come into the dock and we are expected to leave our seats now!  How many of us want to say to the ride master, “Let’s do it again!”, because it was just so exciting.  You see, that’s what we remember… THE EXCITEMENT of the journey, not the arrival to the destiny of the port.

So, then the ride ends, or has it really just begun?

old Roller Coaster

“You go up, down, all around,
On a cycle that’s never endin’
You got on this train when you were born
And the wheels just keep on spinnin’
Like a roller coaster, it keeps going faster
I’m going faster, thrills comin’ at ya
Hey hey up, down, all around
Like a roller coaster!”*

–Written by Felicia M. Lopes | The BusyGal

*Song:  Roller Coaster, Written by Mark James | Sung by The Partridge Family
COME ON GET HAPPY Album produced by Arista Records in 1974

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There are times when we all feel this way!

Sometimes you have to bow your head and weather the storm!

 

The Strength of a Woman

“The strength of a woman is not measured by the impact that all her hardships in life have had on her; but the strength of a woman is measured by the extent of her refusal to allow those hardships to dictate her and who she becomes.” 
― C. JoyBell C.

6 STEPS TO CREATING MORE FINANCIAL ABUNDANCE

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Loved this article by one of their columnists – CARRIE GREEN.  Valuable advise for all us BusyGals!

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