01. Spreading Michael's Messages in 2012
I have used this platform given to me by the MJTP for the last two and a half years as an opportunity to express appreciation for things I love about Michael Jackson, such as the compassion he had for humanity, the sensitivity he had for the planet, his generosity of spirit, and amazing talent. I wanted to demonstrate why he is one of the most loved people in the world. When I write about him it comes from the heart, but prior to 2009, I wouldn’t have been able to write this way.
When Paris spoke those heartbreaking words at Michael's memorial service, the walls that had been up built up around my heart came tumbling down. That’s when all of this pent up love came flowing out of me and it hasn’t stopped since. The experience has been life changing.
Michael has created a place in each one of our hearts where he resides forever. It has been said that out of every tragedy comes something good. I know one thing good that has come of it is that we have become a very strong community. We have proven that it is possible for people of all ages, races, countries, and religions to come together and achieve great things. When we are united, we are unstoppable. That is such a powerful testament to the positive impact he has had on the world.
The MJ Community has become like family to me. I’ve made some of the best friends I’ve ever had because of Michael; friends who are selfless, giving and loving; friends who send me flowers for no reason other than to say I love you; friends who have shared with me personal treasures they had of Michael; friends who made it possible for me to pay my respects to him in LA. Although I’ve received many wonderful gifts over the last two and a half years, the unconditional love has been the most rewarding.
One of those friends introduced me to a very rare book about Michael called Michael Jackson American Master by C. Mecca. Unfortunately, I do not have a copy. However, I found an excerpt online. The author writes about why she considers Michael a master. She indicates that:
“A master is an individual who possesses the following attributes:”
In one passage the author wrote: “A master always has a message in his work.” The underlying message in Michael’s work was love, of course. She goes on to say, “Kings are present for their own generation, but the teachings of the masters are forever.”
Michael’s “teachings” are his messages of love, hope and healing that can be found in many of his songs, speeches and interviews. These messages need to be carried on for future generations to benefit from. I want to do my part in making sure that happens and I want to do it in a fun, creative, innovative way; one that will inspire and delight not only the MJ community but people outside of the community as well.
I have learned so much about love because of Michael Jackson that I could write a book. When I posted that comment on Twitter, I had several people respond with words of support, many encouraging me to write one…so that’s exactly what I’m going to do. I’m going to write a book, but I’m going to do it in a unique way.
In 2012, I am going to write a fictional story called Michael’s Magic Box and publish it on the MJTP. I’ll post one chapter every month, beginning in January, ending in the December. The book is about a girl who gets a magic box that plays messages from Michael in an effort to help her live a life filled with love. It begins with her as a 7 year old and follows her throughout her life as she receives and applies the messages she gets from him.
While in a meeting about Captain EO, the author of Michael Jackson American Master quoted him as saying: “I wanted to do something then that Mr. Disney himself would have approved. I had read a number of books about Walt Disney and his creative empire, and it was very important to have things as he would have.” That’s how I feel about writing Michael’s Magic Box. I want it to be written in a way that Michael would approve.
It is my heartfelt desire that Michael’s life have meaning beyond his passing. I feel a responsibility about that because he has changed my life so profoundly. I appreciate everyone who is still here reading, commenting on and sharing all my articles. It means more than you know, so I hope you will stick around and participate in the creation of Michael’s Magic Box because your comments are just as valuable as what I write.
2011 was another rough year for all of us. The trial was emotionally and physically exhausting and although justice was served, all it did was leave us feeling his loss even more deeply, but as we move forward into 2012 we must shift our focus from feeling his loss to feeling his love and then channeling it out into the world.
Thank you, Michael Jackson, for opening my heart and showing me what love is really all about. You have inspired me to carry on where you left off - putting love back into the world so we can heal it.
On behalf of all your die-hard, devoted fans around the world, we thank you for sharing your talent, your music, and your love for all the magnificent years you entertained us. There hasn’t been one day since June 25th 2009 that we haven’t thought about you in some way.
© 2011, 2012 Linda Higgins, All Rights Reserved
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