Varying Music

There is varying music played within the Canvas of Life, but at the level of the Heart has the same message and sound.~Ani Po

Whether literally, metaphorically, Rap or Classical…they literally carry a message for all to hear. The key to life is to understanding the message being spoke, further understanding the self. It is through our observations of our surroundings that we define who we are…declaring…Ani Po

varying music, same sound

Changing Oneself

Everyone thinks of changing the world – but no one thinks of changing himself.~Tolstoy

Stepping into the Canvas in awareness. Instead of looking outside for the problems existing within, I shall enter the inner room of my soul…changing the one person that can change the world…Me. In changing oneself, we can change the world.

changing oneself

Keeping Faith

Doubt is a pain too lonely to know that faith is his twin brother.~Khalil Gibran

Kahlil Gibran faith is twin brother



In the ancient days, when the first quiver of speech came to my lips, I ascended the holy mountain and spoke unto God, saying, ‘Master, I am thy slave. Thy hidden will is my law and I shall obey thee for ever more.’

But God made no answer, and like a mighty tempest passed away.

And after a thousand years I ascended the holy mountain and again spoke unto God, saying, ‘Creator, I am thy creation. Out of clay hast thou fashioned me and to thee I owe mine all.’

And God made no answer, but like a thousand swift wings passed away.

And after a thousand years I climbed the holy mountain and spoke unto God again, saying, ‘Father, I am thy son. In pity and love thou hast given me birth, and through love and worship I shall inherit thy kingdom.’

And God made no answer, and like the mist that veils the distant hills he passed away.

And after a thousand years I climbed the sacred mountain and again spoke unto God, saying, ‘My God, my aim and my fulfilment; I am thy yesterday and thou art my tomorrow. I am thy root in the earth and thou art my flower in the sky, and together we grow before the face of the sun.’

Then God leaned over me, and in my ears whispered words of sweetness, and even as the sea that enfoldeth a brook that runneth down to her, he enfolded me.

And when I descended to the valleys and the plains, God was there also.

Changing Attitudes

“The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness, or skill. It will make or break a company, a church, a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude…I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with you…we are in charge of our attitudes.”

~Charles Swindoll

change in attitude

Foreword into the Canvas


When I began writing Stepping into the Canvas, I had no idea what I was about to embark upon. After a couple of years spreading Love and positivity, I found myself surrounded with positive and loving people. Truly blessed by each new day, I give back frivolously to a new agenda.

Each new day, I arise to the possibility that I can make a difference…I can change the world. Am I a dreamer? Am I crazy? Some will say this is true, but I know otherwise.  I Am crazy…I am in Love with all there is. Lord, give me strength to make a difference today, for just only one person. Let me being a smile, laughter, giving hope to another soul. Before I step into my day, I ask this of you…for I cannot do it alone.

Reflecting back on my own life, I realized I had been preparing for this all my life. When I was twelve years old, I thought about ending my own life…then I pondered who would come to my funeral. Not fully understanding what was taking place, I set in motion that one day I would make a difference. I think everyone goes through this phase in life, but how many will act upon it?

Would I become a Priest, a Doctor or a great powerful person? None of these…I became Joe. Understanding the lessons of my own life, I realize that I am only responsible for one person in this lifetime…and that is me. Each new day I am only responsible for saving myself. Selfishly that sounds, but it is true for all of us. We do not have to save any one person but ourselves. In saving ourselves, we can save humanity. One person at a time…we arrive.

As my writing continues, something deeper within burns hot like fire, a desire to help others find this way. It is not spoken, it is not definitive…it merely just is. The Way is the same for everyone, but it is different for everyone. My path is not yours and yours is not mine. We must find our own Way in this Canvas of Life, accepting ‘All there is.’ In our own acceptance, we find a worldly acceptance for all there is.

The fire burning, desire to paint yet another picture…I come to a place of knowing. Knowing that whatever I dream, it shall be so. Whatever I choose, it is with all my heart. I am all in or not at all…either one remains the same.

So what do we do when we have a burning desire? Follow it! Live the dreams and make them true. Not one person can set this dream in motion except for the dreamer who chooses to make it so. As for me, I continue moving forward into the unknown. Not knowing where my writing shall take me, where my dreams we lead…wherever they lead, I continue by faith knowing it to be true.

Stepping into the Canvas as the beginning and the end, for it is perceived freely by one’s own perception.  Whichever foot we lead with in the morning, may it be the preface of the day, writing Love upon it and sending positivity wherever we go…leading us Foreword into the Canvas.


Young at heart

No matter the reflection, I am still young at Heart.~Ani Po

We can choose to listen to the mirror, claiming we are aged and old; or listen to our hearts, young and free is what we shall be. It is all in our own perception and our beliefs. Quoting Henry Ford, “If we think we can or we think we can’t, we are probably right.”

Let go of the limiting beliefs and embrace the limitless potential we have within. If there are current boundaries set within the sands of time, change them…and change them now. We are born to be free… we are young at heart.

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