I’m listening to a recording of Lea Salonga performing the song Sun and Moon from “Miss Saigon”. Lea Salonga has been around as early as I started noticing Filipina women in the performing arts. In fact, she is probably the first figure in the arts that I could identify with. And I’m pretty sure many feel the same, as soon as she made a mark as being the voice of a Disney princess in Aladdin. As I listen to her perform, I begin to wonder what she went through, how she started, where she came from, her ups and downs, and the challenges we all share as human beings. I look at a magazine with Judy Ann Santos and then I start to do the same thing. I wonder about her struggles, her successes, challenges … it’s the same. I seem to have adopted this kind of thinking with all people I meet. I gravitate towards wanting to understand what makes them who they are today.
What’s your story? What makes you move? How can my present connect with your past? And can my past connect you to the present? (Feel free to share and maybe my next blog will be my story.)
I met with someone today that I have grown really fond of over the years. One of the few that I know I will share a past and a present with for as long as we can. It was almost a scene from a movie, except unscripted and unexpected. We’ve been talking about a lot of things. And our conversations are always a rare opportunity to talk about all aspects of our lives – business, friendship, family, love, God. And if you think about it, it even more rare to be able to connect with someone through all of those.
(And well — to this person —
I am so flattered. And that feeling seems to have stuck on me. It amazes me and inspires me to know that I can be entrusted to handle something with care. Sharing my thought process today felt like being on a rehearsal stage again, but no longer rehearsing – just knowing my lines all the way straight through. And the way my lines flowed up to the end and how it was received, turned out to be enough for me to know that the community is calling.)