A couple of weeks ago I was asked to do a gratitude Facebook Challenge. It felt really rewarding and positive. I also received many positive replies and private messages. I feel very lucky to have so many human beings enlightened by my words and experiences. That said, I felt it would be a great idea to collect all the posts and put them here in one spot. Please enjoy my Facebook posts from that challenge.
Third time’s a charm. Here we go with Day 1 of the grateful challenge: Thanks Elizabeth C Love. Still want a “take two” with you… 🙂
1. I am grateful for what my soul has endured so it could positively exist as it does now in this current moment. #livinginthemoment
2. I am grateful for my improving ability to go through life with my inner peace setting the tone around me and not the aggressiveness of others. My personal circles are getting tighter, stronger, and smarter. #JediMindCouncil #TriLateralCommission
3. I’m grateful, as a human being, for my ability and immense power over choice. I always say happiness is a choice; Choose wisely. That doesn’t do the concept justice. It is just a cute way to offer a reminder. The truth is really “everything is a choice”. Drama. Positivity. Smiling. Frowning. Hating, Racism. The list is infinite. I say, choose what feels right in your mind, body and soul. Don’t choose (or thoughtlessly comply) with what society, the media, sheeple (for lack of a better terms, not labeling), politics, or other mind controlling forces present to you on a daily basis. You define your universe, not others. #spiritualgangster #indepedndentlyeducatedhumanitarian
Day 2 of the grateful challenge:
3 things 5 days…
1) I am grateful that I have the ability to comfortably think, live and share outside the box. I don’t do mainstream media and I don’t miss it at all. It is a beautiful part of my success and happiness and I am proud to own that part of my being. #independentlyEducatedHumanitarian
2) I am grateful for my natural talent and ability. It has brought so many positive experiences to my life and awakened me to a much bigger picture that few are lucky enough to see, experience or accept. It has brought me joy, friendships, life lessons, and knowledge that I could never have experienced if talent eluded me…..All the years of practice, acceptance, hard work, and dedication paid off more than I could have ever imagined….and I am just getting started 😉 #Taplife #tapdance
3) I am grateful for my parents. Their support, love, and fandom are the fuel that started this fire and without them life would obviously be very different. I may have still gotten to this point but the path and journey would certainly not have been the same. Love them both very, very much…Just wish my Mom would get on Facebook already 😉 Wanna get on the Bobby LoCascio….
Off to start my day. More teaching on Monterey Bay. Tonight I’ll be in San Mateo. Can’t wait to take that beautiful drive again. It will be awesome to see Dana Miller and Ellen Miller tonight. Thank you Devin Adler for setting up a great weekend of Tap Classes for us. I also want to thank Kim Rademaker Moritz and Bill for their kindness and hospitality…I need to get an Aero Coffee Press – So damn good!
Be well and don’t forget – Your happiness starts from the inside out.
#Namaste #Ohm #RevALo
Day 3 of the grateful challenge:
3 things 5 days…
1) I am grateful for the NY I was born into and lived in(1972 – 1991/97). That is where I learned EVERYTHING I knew until I was 24 years old. It shaped me. Howard Beach, New York was my childhood home and will always be. Very interesting place to grow up for an infinite amount of reasons. One being it was in very close proximity to Manhattan. As a child, Manhattan was my stomping grounds (often with my Grandpa Louie)and I had no idea where I was…. This was long before NYC was stolen and globalized for the masses.We are talking close to 30 years ago. I recently read an article, in a local Manhattan paper, that stated “Manhattan has lost it’s soul”. In lots of ways I agree with that, but I also understand and accept why it has to be that way. Grandpa Louie would often tell me “This isn’t the same country/city I grew up in”. I now truly understand what he was trying to say to me. The NY experience is changing drastically but my experience there was in such a different time and I get to own that forever.
2) I am grateful for California. I fell in love with this place. NorCal is home to me in many ways. While living in Cali I became who I wanted to be. I have a very special connection to the energy here. Upon arrival I think I went through a year of culture shock. Then I settled in, opened up and learned many lessons here. All good. Some very hard on me and some that enlightened me in such ways I never understood even possible. I discovered choice and the ability to harness my energy while here. I feel like NorCal is some sort of Global Crown Jewel on the American Empire. To live in another universally significant place, that brought us the into a new technological frontier, while it was happening, was insane for me. I met all sorts of people here. During my 16 years in San Jose I reconnected with old friends, made new ones, Tap danced the whole time, got married, got divorced, got robbed, lived with countless people, taught at many dance studios, went on and off tour with Tap Dogs, lived in the most amazing apt ever, lost Zeus (the Akita), discovered Aqui Swirls, fell into love with cats, and too many other wonderful things to mention. Though I have to give Santa Cruz a quick shout out…EVERY one of of those things/experiences got me to the place I am at today. I don’t do good or bad, I do opinions and actions. In my opinion, I “let it go” and discovered myself while living in Cali. I am extremely grateful for that…..I get to take that with me everywhere I go. No matter where in the world I wind up.
3) Really I am grateful of all the states(so blessed to be born in America) and the amount of driving miles I have logged all over this country. Being on tour for years I have been to all 50 states. This may be one country but it is not filled with all the same people. That may have been the first lesson I learned on the road. Even more than that I am glad I travel Internationally and brought those lessons with me. To be away from American is an experience in itself. I have partied with stars and royalty in castles and private clubs. CRAZY! I have hung out with Stevie Wonder, Earth, Wind & Fire, Dame Shirley Bassey (to name a few favorites) and literally bumped into Ringo Starr while performing in Monte Carlo. I opened up an international 100 billion Euro Shipping Center in Rotterdam. Tap danced for a total of 2 1/2 months in Mexico City, Mexico. Traveled all over Canada (yet Vancouver still eludes me). And, that is just the tip of the Iceberg. The thing here, that is most special to me, was the chance to talk to non-Americans about life, about the universe, about American from their point of view, and my own chance to look back into America from locations outside the country. The lessons learned from this perspective were, and still are, endless and deeply educational. Every lesson more and more valuable. I am grateful for each and every one of those experiences as they are a part of what and who I am today.
O.K. Today’s post (A.K.A. short essay) is complete. Hope you are reading these Elizabeth C Love. You are my muse for this little project. Side note: I’m loving every second of it. Thank you. namaste
Day 4 of the grateful challenge:
3 things 5 days…
1) I am grateful that this challenge means enough to me to stop and make sure I don’t miss a day of these posts. I have some insane stuff going on in my life right now. Not good, not bad, just stuff. (to me it’s all good because I choose it to be, different conversation). I don’t do good and bad, I do opinions. If our opinions are in agreement, more power to us; if they are not, I can respect where you are coming from but I would still enjoy talking it out so we can remain on good terms and not hold any animosity toward each other. For me the difference of opinion is good because it creates balance. Yin & Yang. After all, if we aren’t good to each other, who the hell are we going to be good to? That said, between teaching, meeting with wonderful friends, and trying to enjoy my time here, I am please I stay firm in my affirmations and do what I feel is morally right. No matter what light I am painted in for the benefit of taking advantage of others or lifting them up in an act of selflessness. Is the iniverse a friendly place? I think so, but you need to go further on the path. The further you get, the greater rate of faith, trust , and success. I shall try to be a better human every day. Why because I deserve it and so do all 7+billion of you. #namaste
2) I am grateful for #TapDance. Simply put. I am grateful for every person who strapped metal to their feet before me, every person who strapped metal to their feet in my lifetime, and every person who will strap metal to their feet til the end of the human era. You are all inspiring. I hope I have done my part to contribute thus far to the legacy of Tap Dance and I have more to do. Special shout out to Chris Ernest and Joanna Ernest. No matter what happens I have enjoyed every second of sharing energy with you. You represent many parts of my life. Tap Dogs, my ability to reach and respect the world internationally/globally, our love for tap dance, friendship, my creativity, entrepreneurship and much more….As Anthony Durante and I would say, you are a ‘dot,’ and that is special. Thank you. Tap dance, itself, has given me more than I could have even realized existed as a child. Joe Stanford, my tap teacher, took class from Henry LeTang as a child with Gregory Hines in Manhattan. How lucky am I that I had him as a teacher in my youth? Insane…I am so grateful for that. Dein Perry is an additional mentor (whether he likes it or not) that I have a very high appreciation. He added a whole new voice to the world of dance for Tap Dancers like me. Now he is in NY with Chris Christopher Erk potentially finding the 20 year anniversary NYC cast. Brilliant. I wasn’t even planning on being a tap dancer. I just loved doing it and soon it was clear I was going that way with out even purchasing a ticket for the train. Amazing…Darn universe guiding me along again..Good think I listened even tho’ I wasn’t paying attention 🙂 #tapdance #tapdogs #taplife
3) I am grateful I know how to move in slow motion while traveling at warp speed. It means, in some ways, that I observe traffic, I don’t sit in traffic. It is a metaphor and it was one of those special things I finally accidently (and happily) shared with General Frank Persico. I developed lots of philosophy while living in Cali and that is one of those little gems I get to take with me anywhere I go in the world, for the rest of my life. It isn’t a race, or about moving so fast you have to keep stopping due to catching up to the driver in front of you, it is about finding a speed where you never catch the driver in front of you, thus never needing to hit you breaks. You move so slow you wind up in perpetual motion and never need to stop. This creates a more positive driving experience. You are now traveling at warp speed. You are welcome 😉 #spiritualgangster
Gotta go teach now. If you made it this far, thank you for reading. Words are valuable and very powerful. They can also be spun, twisted, and used in terrible ways to hurt and control others. If you use them for all good reasons, and others decide to manipulate them and make them ugly, don’t follow them down that path, point yourself to the light, live in the moment, go to where your heart is safer and you soul is appreciated. It is always beautiful that way. Thank you for reading my words. I care about them, I care about me, and I care about you. Now go do you….. #Indepednentlyeducatedhumanitarian
PS See what you started Elizabeth C Love. Now I think about you every day and I’m gonna have to wait how long for take two? Dam…. 🙂
Day 5 of the grateful challenge:
3 things 5 days…
1) I am grateful, truly, for a lot of people in my life but few have impacted it, in recent years, as much as Anthony Durante and Fazillah Durante. The love, support, understanding, compassion, generosity, dots, Tesla, ministry, #RevALo, Stonehenge, Olivia, Ted-x, Roof gatherings, day trips, 35G Spot, Thrive, the books, bloodlines, our theories and ‘getting’ each other to the point I performed your wedding ceremony, does not go un-noticed and is very much appreciated.. You help me so much in my constant quest to better myself as a human being each and every second of each and every day. You two are a on the original Safe Zone list. You are both #soulcharges and for sure #spiritualgangster, not to mention both #jedi and #ninja. #Sheisalwayslistening I just wanted to say Thank you. You rock!!!
2) I am grateful for the family and friends who make so much of my travel possible. People I know my whole life, people I haven’t seen in 20 years, and people who I have met for the first time. All who open their house to me. Trust me around their families, spouses, inside their personal castle and unconditionally offer me all the same comforts of my own home….. Shout-outs to Anthony M. Scaraggi, Melissa Scaraggi, Gina Conigliaro De Salvia, Louie De Salvia, Jenne Vermes, David Langer, Kim Rademaker Moritz, Bill Moritz, Ellen Miller, and Dana Miller for your hospitality. I has been wonderful to spend time with each and every one of you. namaste.
3) Finally, I am grateful for you. You who read my posts, send me private messages, tell me you are my fan, insist my positive energy helps you on a daily basis. You who comment when you feel something, those who hit the like or share button, parents who seek my guidance, students who praise my classes, peers who I am just as excited, if not more, to tap dance with; Studios who fly me all over the country because they love my choreography or the way I teach a class. The people who help plans all these events. My assistants Jenne Vermes and Ellen Miller. l am grateful for every dance organization that has trusted me and my reputation enough to have me teach on your faculty. From the big to the small and everyone in between. I am grateful for every tap dancer I have ever taught, worked with, shared a story, watched them perform, or them watch me perform. I am grateful for every compliment and question bestowed upon me. I am grateful for every sound and vibration. I am greatful for life, for us, and for the human ability to realize WE ARE ALL CONNECTED and LOVE is more than we have been made to understand. I am grateful to feel like an awakened soul. I am grateful…….what are you grateful for?
Thanks again Miss Elizabeth C Love. That was an excellent experience at just the right time. It’s like the universe always has my back. So freakin cool. Peace. #epicview
……and that is it. I hope you enjoyed reading this post. I know I enjoyed sharing it. Cheers.