Last year, I began a tradition of creating a wish list on my birthday. Without further ado, here is what I want for my birthday. For myself – and for you:
To forgive. We all know people who, for one reason or another, wish us ill. They cause great pain within us, and yet, to hold onto anger and resentment is to cut ourselves off from a more conscious state. I wish to forgive them, for I realize that they behave in this manner because they are living in a state of inner turmoil. II forgive myself. I forgive others.
For those who feel that one has done them an injustice, I wish forgiveness for you. I wish you forgiveness for self.
Joy. We spend a lot of time searching for this thing called “happiness.” I am beginning to believe that happiness is a faux emotion, for it is derived from things or people external to the self. If you think about it, happiness can be a very toxic state of consciousness. I wish for joy. Joy also accepts pain as its partner. I do not wish to live in a state of vapid happiness. I wish to experience moments of grace.
I wish joyful living for you.
Conscious living. I have said before that L.A. is a very noisy place. It is difficult to live in a state of conscious awareness when one is surrounded by so much noise. We need silence, every day. Music is not silence. Silence is silence. I wish to be aware of those around me. I wish to live in harmony with my environment, even when it changes. I wish to be conscious of the choices I make – even the most mundane.
I wish conscious living for you.
Compromise. I wish to continue to practice this choice.
For our nation, and our people in it, I wish for all to practice conscious compromise. This nation was founded by the people, for the people. Not by corporations and lobbyists for personal or financial gains. Democracy means that we are our brothers (and sisters) keepers. We must look out for one another. Choices should be made for the dreams of the many, not the schemes of the few.
I wish for They Live Among Us to acquire funding for future episodes. I wish for high production value to come to the table. I wish this for myself, and for the hard and beautiful work of the cast and crew.
For you, and your passion projects, I wish you funding through completion.
I wish forBig Boy Toys to receive its greenlight. It’s reality done right. I wish for Exit Plan to acquire festival placement.
For you who are trying to get your projects moved ahead, I wish you a viral presence and festival awards.
I wish for Impasse to come to distribution. Jeanne and Michael, you deserve this.
I wish for Eden to receive its financing in full, so we can start production. This project deserves it – and it is a story that needs to be told.
For you who are trying to film your features, I wish financing for you.
I wish for growth as a filmmaker.
For you seeking to expand your body of work, I wish for growth for you.
I wish for the Hammer Down monkeys to continue on with our amazing collaboration. It’s the greatest gift I’ve been given in my artistic life.
For those of you struggling to create, I wish for you extraordinary creative partnerships.
And finally, I wish for peace. I wish for love and compassion. I wish.
Now, go breathe. Live. Write.
HRH, Princess Scribe