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Oct 20

2017

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Posted thoughts by Sid Aakowa: Keep climbing!

There are times when life feels at a stand-still: You want a certain somebody to get back to you but your phone refuses to ring; you apply for job, after job, after job and nobody is hiring; despite your best efforts, you can’t seem to make any real progress in your business or career. One day in this type of funk leads to a week. A week becomes a month. For some people, a month snowballs into a year. Unfortunately, a bad year easily becomes the definition of one’s ongoing predicament.

 

This is all about momentum, my friends. In the trek up the mountain, we are going against gravity, so the moment you stop climbing, gravity has the tendency to want to pull you down.

 

It’s so important to find an activity that keeps your momentum moving up. Some people like to cook, others will paint, or sew or dance or exercise or whatever. Mine is to write. I can almost feel the universe spinning in my favor, and it’s because I feel good about myself in those times. I’m not dependent on anybody in feeling satisfied. That’s very important to find in your own life – that activity you can do that is self-fulfilling.

 

When you need to wait for some other person to make you feel good, chances are you will be waiting forever and you fluctuate in this momentum I’m speaking of based on circumstances. The goal is to set your own pace to determine what will happen and how you feel. That’s the only way momentum will stay in your favor.

Sep 10

2017

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Posted thoughts by Sid Aakowa: Finding your authentic Self

It is very hard to be a good person. It’s a constant battle to do the right thing. It can become very tiring. I’ll equate it to trying to adhere to a very strict diet to stay healthy. There is often a built in ‘cheat day’ for junk food to try curb the constant cravings. That’s most of our situation – constantly wanting to let loose to life’s cravings and get a little dirty with our temptations. Very rarely does it work in the end.

 

Well, if you’ve ever heard the quote, ‘you are perfectly flawed’, this is when it applies. While the goal is for us to become good, I’m of the mind that it shouldn’t be such hard work. It means very little to be good unless you are actually the person who is good, authentically. That requires a process of not being good, until you are. Often, it means making mistakes and stumbling through our flaws and naturally growing out of the person we once were, through the lessons learned and experience. I live with the notion that God actually uses the flaws of man to create balance and perfection, both personally and on a universal scale. We think we’ve made a huge mistake, not knowing how that one event triggers a series of events that allows for what is supposed to happen, to happen… naturally.

 

So, two things then. First, be who you are, until you are no longer that person. It takes real courage to embrace what you truly feel and be who you are, and pass through the phase and learn the needed lessons. Here is a big disclaimer: you are bound to hurt and disappoint people along the way. But the important key is to learn from the errors so you don’t keep hurting people in the same way. Second, don’t give up on people too early. There are some people who are evil, I believe, or others whose intentions aren’t right, which is a whole other conversation; but if there is somebody you know has good in them, but is just acting poor or is lost in the world, be patient for them – be patient with them, I should say. One day, the stepping stones of their mistakes will make you proud for the person they become.

Aug 21

2017

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Posted thoughts by Sid Aakowa: What you see, but what you get

Our words, behavior and actions are driven by layers of emotions, thoughts and sub-conscious influences, and what you need to know is that people will ALWAYS reveal who they are to you, long before it becomes obvious on the surface to see.

 

The problem is, we overlook, and even choose to ignore what we notice in a person’s words or actions because we see what we want to see, and decide that the contradictions in reality are not to be taken seriously. The truth, though, is that behaviors and thoughts and words run deep. If allowed to investigate further, and the full scope of a person is allowed to come to light, there could be an entire new individual we are introduced to. Nobody likes to expose secrets, for shame or fear of rejection, but it all seeps through one way or other – a joke, a rant, a comment, a look. The scary thing is that most people don’t know their own depths, so they might even surprise themselves. But you don’t need to wait for them to teach you about who they are, and get blindsided and hurt in the process. You can learn by just watching, listening and paying attention.

 

Overall, it’s very hard to find people that are exactly what they seem to be, inside and out. Even I am constantly working to be transparent, open book.

Jul 13

2017

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Posted thoughts by Sid Aakowa: The great givers

I think that we are able to put events into action based on our words. Unfortunately, many of us have become too hardened in our heart and soul from struggle to actually speak the words that will generate a positive momentum. So… my gift to all is the gift of speech – of language. You might feel too apathetic and tired and hopeless to be positive, but at least for now all you have to do (if you choose) is… repeat after me. I’m going to attempt to spark some positive momentum for your life with a message of giving:

 

“Let me put into the air that I will be a great giver. That is, a person who gives more than what I’m supposed to and gives more than what I’m used to giving. I will give to others outside of my comfort zone.” 

 

 

“I will give with joy in my heart. I will give gladly.”

 

 

“I will remember that even if I were to give everything I have away, for love, everything will be restored tenfold for the heart of what I have done.”

 

“With that said, I do not want to give, just to receive. I will give because I want to. I will give because I care. I will give not expecting anything in return.”

 

 

“I will learn to love how it feels to be the giver that can spark joy and excitement in another life. I want to give something so great, that the story of my giving is spoken of by other people I don’t even know, to create inspiration.”

 

 

“I will not only give to those I love, but I will give to those that are not so deserving. I will give to those who are not expecting anything at all.” 

 

 

“I will especially give in these circumstances because it is through my giving that I can become a teacher to more ‘great givers’. Most people don’t give, simply because they don’t know how to, but I want people to witness my life, my choices, and learn.”

 

 

“Once I experience how it feels to be a great, generous giver, l will look for an opportunity to give once again. Immediately after I give, I always feel a burden off of my shoulders for being open enough to serve another of my brothers and sisters in need. Whatever troubles I have in my own life will suddenly feel a little less heavy knowing I have done something to share the load. I will have put energy in the air that is due to return richly to myself and those I love.” 

Jun 22

2017

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Posted thoughts by Sid Aakowa – Never Settle

If it is not growing, it will die. The ‘it‘ in this equation is our relationships, our career, our thoughts, our goals and our ambitions. We have to constantly be willing to challenge ourselves to go to the next level, or life’s gravity WILL pull you down. To me, this is what makes life so hard at times, because especially when you are tired or don’t know how else to improve your current situation, there is the tendency to slip into habits of old and lose whatever progress you have gained as an individual.

 

We have so many people who start strong. They appear to have great situations, but then end up falling from grace with moral, mental and spiritual deviations. At one point they were climbing to great heights and truly were exemplary human beings; but then, they see no more heights to reach, and once that happens, the only way to go is down.

 

Let us keep challenging ourselves to remain engaged to be better tomorrow than we are today. Never settle. Never get too comfortable.

 

“It is better to be in the darkness, moving towards the light; than to have been in the light, fading into the dark,” is what I say.

Jun 04

2017

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Posted thoughts by Sid Aakowa – Ambition for greatness

I recently watched two movies: The Wolf of Wall Street and Iron Lady. Both movies depicted individuals that achieved high levels of success in their given fields seeking to leave a lasting legacy, but both paid a high price in their personal lives for their ambition.

 

It made me pause because I am a work-a-holic. I am constantly working. I became reflective to remember that I don’t think it matters to be the best. Working gives us pride and can add value to others, but at the end of your life it doesn’t “matter” when quantifying the measure of one’s personal measure of success.  Who cares how great people think you are? It’s just fluff.

 

What matters is quality time with family and friends and the person you are to them. It sounds corny, but in a practical sense, it’s the truth. The day-to-day interactions with people really matters because it is a contribution to the “we” rather than just “me”. How you treat your loved ones and peers creates a domino effect that lasts forever, literally, because it influences how they will treat people in their lives, and on a grand scale, all the little things you do, or don’t do, affects the next generation and so on.

 

I don’t know how many of you would agree with me, but, I think if you look at some of the greatest people of our history, people we look up to as hero’s, their personal lives were an absolute mess. They were so busy trying to change the world and couldn’t even manage their own home, and even if they achieved their given goals, well  – look at our world. Still upside down. And I’m not saying we don’t need the Martin Luther King Jr. or Ghandi, because obviously all they did is admirable and having a heart to help the masses is inspiring. But I’m just saying that I think true success if to have an honest balance where our REAL legacy is how the people closest to us are affected.

 

There are happy, good and blessed people in the midst of the world’s confusion. It’s directly related to them having people in their lives that loved them and nurtured them – people of the past generations who set the tone. And even though nobody goes out of their way to say anything about the simple people we will never know of, it is the same people who do things that matter and leave a lasting legacy, more-so than the famous people of our world. You don’t have to be a super-hero or be considered ‘special’ with your gifts and talents. You just have to love and care for the people in your life and let them love you. When all is said and done, I think you’ll have done a lot to live an important existence.

May 13

2017

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The Aakowa Parables Episodes Coming!

Sid Aakowa is set to begin work on releasing his stories and music as audio dramas as ongoing episodes. The project will feature his original music each chapter, actor voiceovers, guest illustrators and guest singers.

 

No exact date has been set for the first episode.

 

Jan 31

2017

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Ryerson article review about Theatre Masterminds

The following is an article featured by Ryerson Univeristy about our visit with Theatre Masterminds:

 

Theatre Masterminds at Ryerson University –

 

On the evening of Monday, January 30 2017, author and singer-songwriter, Sid Aakowa, brought his Theatre Masterminds cast of actors, musicians, singers and debaters for an evening of storytelling and music. The event was held in the Tecumseh Auditorium in the RSU building. In collaboration with the African Students Association and the Ryerson School of Nutrition, the event also featured clothing vendors, free food and a live DJ.

 

It was a great success, and if you missed it, you won’t want to miss it the next time they visit. The theatrical production was based on Aakowa’s story, ‘The Wise Man of The Hallawaya’, which featured the cast of Jillian Rees-Brown, David Frisch, Karina Milech and Irena Huljak. In between scenes, there was songs written by Aakowa, which included vocals by Gary Beals (former Canadian Idol finalist) and Julie Kennedy. It was like watching a full concert in the small space.

 

After the performances, there was a interactive debate which featured host, Sid Aakowa, asking questions related to the play to Ryerson African Students Association president Rachel Atuhaire and guest panelist, Rasheeda Riley. The theme discussion was “A Place To Call Home – the importance of knowing where you belong”. It grew into a interesting conversation about the ways we define and experience what we call home.

 

Also featured were two clothing vendors, Tenfed and Marun, who successfuly sold and promoted their tems to audience members during intermissions.

 

We thank Aakowa for coming, and he also expressed great gratitude for the support received. For more information about upcoming events, visit www.aakowa.com

 

Prior to the event, Aakowa’s team was on site, doing campus interviews that were related to the theme of the evening, “A Place To Call Home: the importance of knowing where you belong”. Watch here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zRHaqRhbpdo&t=8s

 

Web link to article: http://www.ryerson.ca/nutritionandfood/dates_events/news/news_archive/news_listing/2017-theatre-masterminds/

Jan 16

2017

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New vendor for January 30, 2017 event

NNUA sells African accessories, with a sub-division MARUN that sells stationary. Products from them will be featured as a vendor on January 30, 2017 for The Aakowa Parables Theatre Masterminds event.

Jan 04

2017

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New vendor for January 30 2017 event

Tenfed is a clothing brand where for every item sold, ten meals are provided to hungry children around the world. They have agreed to be a vendor for the Theatre Masterminds event on January 30, 2017.

 

As part of the agreement, they will be showcasing items during intermissions.