So I have this jealous-crush on anyone who can do get up and do slam poetry well. I think it’s the coolest thing. I love the performance of it, the fact that the poet’s writing just becomes embodied in such raw expression. One of my favorite performers is Sarah Kay. She is ridiculously talented, and I think her voice just sounds epic. She could be ordering a Big Mac and I probably would be impressed with how it sounded.
Anyways, Sarah Kay has been made famous for her poem “B,” or oftentimes referred to as “If I should have a daughter.” It is a beautiful testament to how she sees the world, and is completely worth your time to watch. However, in all of the times I had watched the TED talk in which she performs “B,” I had never stuck with the video until the end of her talk. I always just watch her perform and then click off. Tonight, I took the time to absorb the words she said after she concluded her famous “B.” I was struck with what she had to say, and I bet you will be too. (Watch it here.)
One of the points she makes (if you didn’t take the time to watch the whole thing…like what I did for about 3 months after finding it) is that everyone has something interesting to say, even if they don’t think they do. The way in which she gets her students to come up with something to write poetry about is by, as she says, “tricking them into it.” She challenges them to come up with 10 things “that they know to be true.” She invites them to share anything, the first ten things that come to mind. The important thing is that you don’t think too hard about them. Naturally, I decided to do this. And since I trust you, friends and strangers, here is my list.
10 Things I Know To Be True, according to Me. – February 24th, 2013
1) I really should be in bed right now.
2) Carrots are not as tasty as they are healthy. I wish this was different.
3) “Time For Me To Fly” by REO Speedwagon could be played on a never-ending reel for the rest of my life, and you wouldn’t hear me complain. [EPIC song]
4) Forgiveness is scary as hell, but I’m working on it.
5) Every person has a story to tell.
6) And every person’s story deserves an audience.
7) Getting that nervous “I like you” feeling when someone looks into your eyes is the greatest feeling.
8) Fax machines confuse the hell out of me, no matter how many times they are explained to me. Draw a picture, write some text, whatever…a minute later a phone rings someone across the country and the same thing prints. Nope.
9) When I peel clementines, I have to get all of it in one piece. No little bits of peel by themselves. (Along with a few other embarrassing OCD tendencies!)
10) The decision to live for Christ is the scariest one to make, but has the most immediate and incomparable peace that follows.
Boom. Those are my ten. So I kinda just banged those out, as she said to. Sarah explained that when you don’t think too hard about it, you will be surprised with what you come up with. Looking back at my list, I feel as though you may be worried that I have ADD or something, but nonetheless, they are all things that I know to be true….
Okay, away from my ADD/OCD-“ness” let’s get serious. What can these things tell me? What do I value? Clearly, sleep, music, God, writing, and nervous butterflies? They gave me a better awareness of the random things that I think about, yet also some insight into tougher subjects like faith and forgiveness.
Well, you get the point. My piece of advice is to take the time to write out your own “Ten Things” list. You may surprise yourself, learn something, or just realize that you need to stop being so serious about clementine-peeling.
I invite/challenge you to share your list, or parts of it, with me! (Comment, message, email, whatever.)
And a Bible verse for tonight…(I’ve been slacking on including these Sorry. But, it’s a good one folks! A sweet blessing to start your day with.)
“For this reason, I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that he may grant you in accordance with the riches of his glory to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in the inner self, and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, rooted and grounded in love, may have the strength to comprehend with all the holy ones what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.” – Ephesians 3:14-19