"Filter: something that has the effect of a filter, as by holding back elements or modifying the appearance of something".-http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/filter
As my family and I drove back home from one of our last road trips, the usual silence took over the car. Typically, we drive for quite a while in silence. No radio, no phones, just the view of the cars passing by in either direction and the road ahead. But sometimes that silence leads to sleepiness and to ensure my driver keeps driving I ask a few probing questions. With his new show lining up this fall on BidChat, I decided to keep my dear husband awake by daring to get out of his head and tell me about his ideas and plans for segments requested of him. He was stuck. See, in the spur of the moment, during his online audition I named his show for him. He had thrown some ideas around but wasn't set on anything so when the casting director asked him for a show name I nudged him and told him to just say it, "it" being the last thing I told him before he went online, Filter Free Fantasy. We both racked our brains when I came up with this name for this blog and he had loved everything about it so I told him he should use it too. The director LOVED IT! The issue now was that Ernie didn't know how to approach it.
My husband, in one quick and frustrated sentence, stated the knee jerk explanation towards anything non-pc. "Gina, Filter Free means I have to be blatantly honest, straight forward, MEAN, otherwise people won't understand the point of the name." I took offense to this because this was exactly the way I feel most people view my approach/communication style, honest but somehow negative.
Unfortunately, nowadays, anything that goes against the grain is mean, in fact, I feel that any sort of honesty at all is considered distasteful. Why is that we can no longer voice our opinions without being chastised? As an American, I pride myself in the first amendment, always taking heed to state things not directed at a single person but more so in regards to culture, ethics, politics, medicine, speaking freely as to exchange ideas and engage in conversation not gossip. But, it seems that this is a tougher bridge to cross than simply passing judgement on another.
Just last week I had a meeting with a good friend who is creating a progressive learning environment for children and honored me by requesting I come on board, during this meeting she stated something that resonated with me so strongly I was stricken. She said, "We are creating a revolution and like with all revolutions it's going to get ugly and messy and there will be resistance but sometimes that is the only way to make a real change." I couldn't agree with her more. We each practice in different medians and have platforms that range vastly but our energies and intentions are the same, to bring more light into this world. We each have the power to be revolutionary. Let your light shine!
Ok, back to the point, I realized, as he stated what he felt Filter Free to mean, that I had to stick to my original intent whole-heartedly, to present my stories from a place of positivity and love but foremost from a place of truth regardless of the backlash. Sometimes the truth is messy and many times ugly but in this day and age the truth is revolutionary and I will continue to champion it.
Now, out of my typical writing style and against everything that I know to be true about good writing, I feel the need to leave you all with a question in hopes of igniting dialogue. I know each of you care enough about the truth to read this far into this post so we are kindred spirits which means you must be doing something revolutionary or have hopes and dreams of starting something to make an impact on this world of ours. Don't take this to mean some Nobel Prize worthy stuff, I believe true change and ignition starts at home within our sanctuaries and with those we love most for whom we wish the change to be first and foremost. Please share in the comments below. I would love to start an inspirational board to help generate love, thought and progress.
What are you doing to let your light shine?