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SEPTEMBER 2022

Greetings from all of us here at Serenity Now.

The other day I (Brooke) felt guided to watch an episode of America’s Got Talent.

I felt a little bit surprised to be watching something so mainstream, because my guidance usually directs me to something spiritual. Maybe they were suggesting that mainstream is spiritual. Within a few minutes of watching the show my doubts were erased.

The person auditioning looked the part of so many other contestants. She was attractive, holding a guitar, and standing silently at the microphone. One of the judges (I believe it was Howie) asked her, “What is your name please?” The camera now was focused on the young lady who seemed to be frozen, or maybe she had not heard the question. Even when the simple question was repeated not a single peep was coming out of her mouth. I thought, this is not Jeopardy where the answer may not be known. The audience was getting restless. After what seemed like forever, she said her name with some difficulty and included that she had a speech impediment. By whatever miracle, when she sang there was no trace of the disability, so music had saved her life. On this night she was singing (beautifully be the way) an original song. She said through the song, that if she could write her life all over again, she would not write out her struggles, bullying, and sadness that had been caused by the impediment. She said she knew it had all been a core part of forming her life today and she loved herself and her life too much to alter a thing.

A couple of nights after I had seen this audition I saw an interview with Billy Porter. For those of you who might not know him, he is an actor, singer, writer and director. He uses fashion as a statement between activism and art. He showed up to the 2019 Oscars in a head turning tuxedo gown. He was at a red carpet event and said, “Everyone told me that my queerness will be my liability; allies and haters alike. It was my liability for decades, now it’s my superpower”.

Knowing now that the Universe only brings us gifts, I spent a few minutes on circumstances that I wish were different, or regret, and wondered what superpower God is gifting me with.


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