Do you love a good miracle story?
Especially one about a legendary 1930’s French musician with a polka dot tie and a pencil mustache?
Good. Read on.
Yesterday was Django Rheinhart’s bithday.
Mr. Reinhardt was one of the greatest guitar players of the 20th century. He was born in Belgium in a wooden trailer to a family of Roma (or gypsies, as they’re commonly called.) The word gypsy gets quite romanticized these days, but in 1910 this was no glamorous title. Being a Roma meant being an outcast; distrusted and persecuted wherever you went.
Django was a wildly talented self-taught musician, mastering the guitar and banjo as a child, and playing Paris nightclubs in his teens. But one night in 1928, at the age of 18, a tragic fire brought on by a dropped candle set his caravan aflame. He and his young wife made it out alive, but his leg and hand were badly burned.
He permanently lost the use of two fingers on his left hand.
For many, that would have meant the end of their career. But Django persevered. He adapted his playing to accommodate the loss of his fingers and went on to become one of the greatest jazz musicians of all time.
In fact, many say that it was BECAUSE OF his impairment that his music had such personality and distinction.
Did you catch that?
Not in spite of his impairment. BECAUSE OF.
His flaw became his greatest asset.
Before I started performing burlesque, I couldn’t even wear short sleeves because I was so ashamed of my arms, not to mention the rest of my body.
But when I started attending burlesque shows and saw legends like Dirty Martini, Little Brooklyn, World Famous *BOB*, Tigger, Jo Weldon and Perle Noire, I saw that it wasn’t conformity that made them so spectacular. It was their NON-conformity that made them irresistible to watch.
When I started performing myself, the best compliment a fan could give me was to say “After watching you, I feel so much permission to just be exactly who I am.”
In my case, my once perceived flaws – my belly and hip flesh that jiggled, my breasts that swung low – were now my greatest assets.
The Course in Miracles says: “A miracle is just a shift in perception from fear to love.”
What “flaws” might you be trying to hide right now, that may just be your greatest assets waiting to be uncovered?
What miracles have you been searching for, that you may in fact be already sitting on as we speak?
Hit play on this playlist I made for you, and Django may just help you find out.
Rooting for you,