A Work of Art

I wanted to share with you the wonderful experience I encountered attending the First Thursday Art Walk at Studio F on April 4, 2013. Our resident photographer, Michelle Taul, displayed various pictures from Diva Duty. It was a great way to connect with several patrons and discuss the needs of the many displaced women in our community.

michelle_nikkiAfter a while, I encountered a young couple that caught my eye. As they looked around, I found myself walking towards them to engage in a conversation. If anyone knows me they know I will strike up a conversation with anyone :0)

I started tallking to the young man and was silenced when he began to speak. In a weird way he reminded me alot of “Sam.” If you read my last blog, you remember me talking about my aquaintence who lives in a park near my house. What reminded me of Sam in this young man was the freedom in his eyes, the wonder in his voice. The excitement of the whole world being in front of him.

As I continued with our conversation, I thought back to when I was 23 and experiencing life in all its glory , “straight no chaser,” I found myself giving him the advice I wished someone would have given me when I was his age. He looked at me with such intensity that I knew he was getting what I was telling him.

It’s funny about life. Sam, me  and this young man. In life, we all love to feel the wind blowing …the free feeling it gives us, the way it seems to move everything and everyone around us. I told him to enjoy the wind but not to get lost in it, keep one toe on the ground to ensure not getting carried away in its swift current called life. I told him, ” I remember flying through the wind and letting it take me to all corners of life.” I told him that when you get older, and wiser, you can still enjoy the wind, like a flower planted in good soil. You can feel the wind blow through your hair, feel it on your face but not loose yourself in it.

As I thought more about this young man, I thought about Sam.  Sam is teaching me more about myself everyday…more about life. Always embrace lessons, no matter who the teacher we all have more to learn than what we know.

— Nikki

The Whisper

I wanted to share with you the wonderful experience I had…….the other day something led me to a park near my house.  Normally I ignore the urge but I have been allowing the universe to lead me, to follow my gut feelings. I heard on Oprah’s next chapter about listening to “the whisper” and I have to say… it is very true.

So I walked to the park and allowed myself to enjoy all the nature around me. I noticed on my walk a familiar face, Sam. I was so excited to see him and could not move fast enough to get to him. Sam is homeless but in alot of ways he has more than a lot of people that I know.Dignity for Divas Founder, Nikki GaneHe is such a peaceful man and so humble. I stopped and talked to him and was so thankful that he remembered me. I asked him if there was anything that he needed and he said “No, I just wanted to come out and enjoy this beautiful sunset.” He had such a peace about him, I could have sat with him for hours.

I needed to see him, to know he was OK. I wished so much to give him everything I thought he needed, but he actually gave me everything I needed.

God is everywhere, in everything and in everyone. I love what life is teaching me and and so thankful for the experiences the universe is gracing me with…I wonder who I will meet today  :0)

Your blessings are seeking you out, allow them to find you.