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At This Time of the Turning of the Year – essay

At This Time of the Turning of the Year – essay

At this time of the turning of the year my thoughts go in two directions – turning back and turning forward.  Simultaneously, I stand exactly where and as I am in this moment.

Turning back, 2014 has been another year of continuing to become accustomed to not being able to hear my youngest sister’s laughter, to share a story of our adventures and expectations.  Until we meet, again, Genevieve – I love you and miss you, BabyGirl.  Your children and I will tell stories to your grandchildren of growing up together and of your gentleness and loving ways – part of your legacy.

2014 has, also, been a year of good, sometimes challenging, professional and personal work for me.  Collaborating with clients to create custom-crafted content, strategies, buffing and polishing existing content until it shines and communicates exactly, mentoring and more.  Good folks.  Good work.  Thank you for your confidence and continued support.  My special thanks to Adam J. Kovitz, an extra-ordinary Friend and collaborator.  Get this guy!

My personal work continues to shift, evolve, change, as it has since 1985.  My gratitude to all poets and writers who came before me is steadfast and enduring.  A particular nod of the head must go to Michael S. Harper, 1st Poet Laureate for the State of Rhode Island, through whose work, counsel, teachings and friendship I have been (and continue to be) enlarged, challenged, humbled, sustained.  Thank you, MSH.

Gratitude, also, for the blessings of love from my three SweetMen – Al, Sandro and Ces.  You enrich and sweeten my life; and, are loved more than you know.

In contrast, there were parts of 2014 that I would wish I never witnessed nor experienced.  Continued killings, hatreds, viciousness, turmoil, senseless slaughters, ongoing acts of unkindness.  Heartbreaking.  Destructive beyond all measure.  Repeating history.  Lessons not learned.

Once again I ask myself: “What is my part in this?”  I ask you: “What is your part in this?”

And, so its continues to go – another month turned, another year passes.

At this time of the turning of the year, I remember, rejoice, reflect and rejuvenate.  May the blessings and joy of loving and being loved by someone somewhere follow and sustain you throughout 2015.  May all your troubles be little ones; and, the wind always at your back.

#Happy2015

~ Jessan

It’s About The Conversation

So much has changed since I first came on-line many years ago.  At first, it was all about “getting your message” out – the right format, the correct keywords, long-tail, SEO, tagging and on and on.

Over time, thank goodness, there’s been a shift – from “permission marketing” (thank you, Seth Godin) to “Return on Relationship” (#RonR) (thank you, Ted Rubin) and more – i.e. Vincent Wright, Jay Deragon, Adam Kovitz, Mark Traphagen, Michael Iva, Deap Khambay, and Arianna Huffington – to name only a very few of the many who have influenced and informed me.

Over time, for me, it’s become more about passion and compassion, about refining one’s vision and perfecting one’s skill(s) and supporting what speaks to one’s heart, not only to what adds to one’s pocket.

True enough, we all have to live – keep a roof over our head and some food on the table.  However, with the fluidity and ease of social media, we can, indeed, do both; and, in the process, become more enlarged, more compassionate, more informed and empathetic.  “Our world” transforms into a greater understanding of the larger world

Dancing Woman

Dancing Woman

in which we all share – our Big Blue Marble.

The exchange of ideas, issues, TedX talks, Playing for Change videos, posts, sharing, “Liking”, and RTing has become, for me, ultimately about conversations.  That we’re talking with each other, not just to each other.  That we’re not, simply, “marketing”, we’re (each in our own ways) creating possibilities for change because we’re stepping outside our own skins, revealing our stories and discovering just how similar and related we are.  It’s about the conversations.

What say you, please?