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Welcome To The Belly of The Dragon: How a Stigmatized Barbados Community Opened My Eyes and My Heart

Cover Drive “Speak Out”


The band Cover Drive became involved after visiting the conference in December where they spoke and interacted with students from all over the Caribbean who were in Barbados to learn about the program. So impressed were they that they got aboard and penned a new track which features the vocals of the Ambassador Dr. Larry Palmer.

Check it out and download it below:

The single was launched on May 25th in a short ceremony on the terrace of The Central Bank of BarbadosFrank Collymore Hall.

According to lead singer Amanda Reifer,“It’s a great opportunity and we’re happy to perform in a positive way in our community. We wanted the lyrics to be relatable; while we were writing it we wanted to find a way to not make it sound preachy but still get the message across.”

(photos by Wave Element)

 

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25 Things You Don’t Have To Justify To Anyone

Why I Have Faith

Weekly Wisdom I


Don’t let your environment limit you

-Steve Fung

 

No matter what your circumstances or what you’re going through, if you have a dream or any kind of goal you want to achieve, keep fighting on and success will come.

Update!


NEW Features!

Weekly Wisdom

I would like to introduce you to new feature of my blog called ‘Weekly Wisdom’ where I will bring you teachable and  inspirational moments, quotes and other tidbits.

TEDxYouth@Bridgetown – Wisdom Shared

I promised to bring you coverage from TEDxYouth@Bridgetown so I will be sharing with you a bit of the wit, wisdom and warmth which I gained from the various TEDsters in the new segment.

(and yes Hi! I’m back again! Sorry to have disappeared again – but hey life of a University student can be quite overwhelming and hectic)

Recommendations:

Book Corner

You can check out what I’m currently reading via my Goodreads Shelf (there’s a widget on right of this post) or even keep track of and join my 2013 reading challenge. My current goal is 35 books. I will also be review and recommending at least one book a month for you to read and hopefully enjoy as I have.

Music Corner

Musical Artist or Musician of the Month, Album reviews. New artist spotlight, anything goes over here once it’s music related.

Stay tuned! Anything else can happen! Feel free to leave a comment or suggestion anytime.

 

TEDxYouth@Bridgetown


Wednesday, October 17th, 2012 saw the successful hosting of the 2nd annual TEDxYouth@Bridgetown here in Barbados! Held under the theme “The Big Questions?”, it was so jam-packed with advice, inspiration and other awesome tid-bits that one post alone would not do it even remote justice.

SSSOOOO….

Over the coming weeks I will be bringing you lots of coverage and highlights from TEDxYouth@Bridgetown!

For those of you unfamiliar with TED and TEDx Conferences here is some info adapted from TEDxYouth@Bridgetown‘s site :

What is TED?

TED is a non-profit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 26 years ago, TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. At TED, the world’s leading thinkers and doers are asked to give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes. Talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Benoit Mandelbrot, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. Two major TED events are held each year: The TED Conference takes place every spring in Long Beach, California (along with a parallel conference, TEDActive, in Palm Springs), and TEDGlobal is held each summer in Edinburgh, Scotland. Visit www.TED.com for more information on TED.

 What is TEDxYouth@Bridgetown?

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience; x = independently organised TED event. The mission of TEDxYouth@Bridgetown is to be known as the hub where local and regional visionaries and storytellers gather to share their ‘Ideas Worth Spreading’. Featured Speakers are those who have extraordinary voices in the local or regional community, who have a unique story or an unusual perspective, and who can convey it in a dynamic way. 

Chase your dreams. Believe in them


 

The Summer Olympics and Paralympics! How can we forget that glorious spectacle, the culmination of years of training, sweat, tears and sacrifice for thousands of athletes, families, trainers, coaches and many others.

 

All of the athletes were gold medal hopefuls intending to compete their hardest and do their best for personal and national glory. That was their rainbow.

 

Some say chasing rainbows is a hopeless pursuit that can never be fulfilled. But I like to believe that for some even chasing rainbows is enough. What your personal rainbow is and why you are chasing it is important to you. Sadly, I find some people are not willing to respect that.

 

Too often, others are overly negative and harshly critical because they can’t see your goal; they can’t believe in your journey towards a personal rainbow’s end. There might even be those who support us in the beginning but tire of our journey and falter or drop out along the way. Many of us might even have been forced to go on our own from the start.

 

At the end of the day, I think we’re all just chasing rainbows; searching for that bit of happiness, magic and colour that makes life seem worthwhile. I think we’re all just waiting out the storm hoping that after the showers and hardships, we will be greeted with that bit of brilliance.

 

Some of us may hide from the storms, afraid of the thunder and lightning. Personally, I love storms. I love the rumble of the sky drums in concert and the flashes of “God’s X-ray” passing through us all. I love the feel of rain and wind sweeping me. But storms can’t last forever no matter the damage they cause or how big they are. Survival of a storm means lessons should have been learnt, knowledge and wisdom should have been gained and what has been proven to be weak should be strengthened and improved.

 

I ask you, what is your current storm? What is making life difficult for you? Can you change it? If you can’t change your circumstances, can you change yourself in such a way that you can live more easily in your circumstances?

 

What is your current rainbow? What are your dreams and why are you pursuing them? What is your hope for the future? Do you believe in your rainbow enough to get through the storms? Can you believe in it?

 

Chase your dreams. Believe in them. Find your happiness.

 

At the end of the day, we’re all just chasing rainbows.

 

Blessings


 

By Daniel Boxill

Blessings are wonderful. Some believe them to be acts of providence or simply luck. Whatever the belief, blessings usually indicate a positive change in fortunes for a person.  One would expect therefore, that when I received my blessings one beautiful afternoon, that I would have been pleased.

However in Bajan (Barbadian dialect) “to get blessed” refers to the act of being defecated upon by a bird. The warm, green and white blessing decorated my arm, pants, guitar case and Coke bottle, complementing my favourite green shirt. At that point, it just seemed like the crowning moment of an extremely frustrating day.

Hours later however, in the safety of my home (and after a good scrub down), I reflected on my blessing.

Life is full of these blessings. They come in all kinds of flavours but one thing they have in common is that they are seldom truly appreciated at the moment they arrive. They arrive unexpectedly and often cause emotional distress, higher heart rates and blood pressures and retaliation in the form of well-aimed shots of expletives.

But we all need these blessings. For example, they fertilise the earth and many plants depend on them for spreading their seeds. Contained in this waste matter is a hope for new life for, hope for a future, hope in the most unlikely of places.

Hope is something most of us definitely need in these uncertain and challenging times. As unemployment figures continue to rise and even the most optimistic of economists predicts very little improvement in the immediate future, hope is all some have left. Many people don’t even have that much.

The economic fiasco the world has faced has cost too many people their jobs, houses, relationships and all of their material possessions. Even those who’ve managed to keep a job are often doing so with reduced hours and are barely hanging on to what they have. Even so, material possessions mean very little when you can’t eat.

I believe we are all blessed no matter our situation or how little we have. I also believe we are more blessed by blessing others. Be charitable and help others out in whatever way you can. If you can’t afford to give financially, donate yourself and your time. Sharing and being there for others will go a long way and be a lot more beneficial to persons than waiting for our governments to wade through their bureaucracy and political tribalism to sort out the economy. Solutions should always begin with oneself. Waiting on others and expecting them to solve our problems may leave us forever waiting.

I was ready to give up, waiting on others to solve my problems for me. This blessing reminded me I have the power to change my fate and that I truly am blessed.

If I ever meet the bird again, I’ll be sure to thank him but I’ll make sure I have an umbrella this time.

(Originally published: http://www.yourcommonwealth.org/americas-and-caribbean/blessings-arrive-unexpectedly-and-often-cause-emotional-distress )

About Author: Daniel Boxill is a freelance multi-media artist. With a passion for music, literary talent and a background in art and design, multi-media artist is an apt title. He is freelancing while currently pursuing his undergrad degree in Literatures in English from The University of the West Indies‘, Cave Hill Campus located in his native Barbados.

 

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