When You have Realistic Goals and Dreams let no one Deter You

I had a review done on my song, "The Pier at Breezes" a while back by people who visit a big online music and musician showcase site that I am a member of. While the overwhelming reviews were super positive, there were people who weren't so positive with their thoughts and it wasn't really constructive criticism but what I would describe as "picking." Please understand that negativity is a bedfel...low of life! This is particularly true with the advent of social networking via the internet. One point of the review was to see if your music is "ready for radio play." I read a few interesting opinions that basically said, "Well, I don't think your music is quite ready for radio play for this reason or that. I just wanted to SEE what some would say knowing that if that was the person's opinion, that they were already a year too late since it's been playing on Directtv where there is a national audience and many other stations as well and that my CD made a strong showing in the 2012 prenomination rounds in the smooth jazz (pop instrumental) category at the Grammys that year lol!! I'm just saying that because many of you want to accomplish or do things that have been a part of you personal dreams and desired goals. Understand that you will always have naysayers, discouragement, and people who will have SOME reason you can't do or accomplish something or there is a problem with what you have done or are doing. What really matters the most is what you believe about yourself and what you are willing to do to accomplish something that is a real possibility. So I leave you with a part of an old Langston Hughes poem "Dreams" that I hope encourages you which says .... "Hold Fast to Dreams For if dreams die Life is like a broken-winged bird That cannot fly." Blessing! Bernard R.

Excited about 2014!!!!

I am looking forward to an exciting and excellent New Year regarding my work as a teacher, musician, and living in general.  I am interested in seeing what God will do concerning touching people through my presence!  It is important to remember that just because we may not be working formally in a ministry mode, we are called to do that no matter what we are doing!  Unfortunately, many times people who are involved with church in any serious level see ministry as staunch, rigid, stiff, and highly scripted.  They see "ministry" in a church setting with people having titles and being very "ministerial" in their disposition.  We often relate to people we come in contact with through culturally predetermined (our person perspective) lenses. The truth is that most people see us outside of church and don't really care about how we do church.  Or at least that is not what they are focused on.  Subconsciously, the average person pays attention to how they are affected and feel when you are around them.  The important thing is that we are the ones, those who are called of Christ to set the tone and the atmosphere and permeating it with power of Holy Spirit in us. It is up to us as normal everyday people (because that is how people mostly see us) to connect with, influence, and impact people in their personal lives in a positive way!!