A Happy New Year Letter…

It all began with an email; a quick way to advertise gigs. My emails were boring so I had to include something of interest instead of just listing gigs. I found myself expressing personal thoughts then graduating to positive messages because I wanted to say what I needed to hear. I figure, people were experiencing the ups and downs of life like I was. Folks quickly responded and strangers shared intimate details of their life with me. I read their messages and responded appropriately. Each response was filled with variations of our collective reality. I started getting compliments on my thoughtful emails that seem to touch spirits. I became a better musician because my expression was a reflection of the people I was interacting with. I found myself more in tune with the dynamics of rooms I entered.

Recently, I received many messages of how people are suffering (health, finances, personal, etc). I try to respond to each message with respect, love and understanding. I am no spiritual leader nor do I get paid by the hour but I care about people. I guess my passion for world religions, various eastern philosophy and African traditions helped out. Mainly, I just listened. The messages were difficult to read. With the New Year approaching and folks realizing that last year’s resolutions were not met, they were not in the best of spirits. Even with Obama winning the election, the reality of struggle has removed some of the euphoria. People are without electricity and some are homeless and they have full time jobs. I know some will say it is their fault, but we are all part of a collective consciousness. Even the flow of money takes a community. With people spending less, businesses are suffering. Private parties, that hire musicians and caterers, were cancelled due to the flow of money. Clubs lowered their usual ridiculous New Year’s Eve prices due to the flow of money. Etc, Etc. Why are we not pulling together to help each other out?

Here is what I hope for in the New Year: With the massive chain reactions that are taking place everyone will have to work together. We will stop thinking as individuals and start thinking as a community. I am my brothers keeper will read I am another human beings keeper. The reality of why there is crime, mental issues and a drugged up society will hit home and we will start making real change.

Despite my own personal struggles, I refuse to give up on human kind. We are at our best when we come together. What small things will you do to help the world be a better place?

Here is a story I have seen in many forms: A great warrior searched the world for the book of infinite knowledge. They fought long and hard. Finally, they reached the tallest mountain in the most remote part of the world. This is where the final battle was going to take place. The final opponent seemed to be the greatest challenge. As the warrior moved forward to fight, the opponent motioned for the warrior to stop. The intimidating opponent pointed down a path and told the warrior the book of all knowledge is that way. The warrior realized that there was not going to be a battle. The warrior looked beyond the opponent and saw a beautiful gazebo. As the warrior walked towards the gazebo they noticed each side of the path displayed calm waters filled with beautiful flowers and exotic birds flying over head. Beyond the gazebo, there was cliff and the most spectacular horizon that one can expect being on top of a mountain. In the gazebo the book was suspended in mid air. The warrior entered the gazebo and felt a warm feeling surround their body as they open the book. Finally, the answers will be revealed. The warrior looked into the book of all knowledge. It was a mirror, a mirror reflecting the warrior…

I wish you a Happy New Year!

With love,

Reginald Cyntje



  1. i am :Dana! that was one of the best letters that i have read in a long time. do you know me?

  2. what is your secret? do you have any? your life is being published; you are publishing glad tidings of joy. ihopethat your year has been happy,so far. the best is yet to come. just do not over expose yourself; you might get sun-damaged. use plenty of protection.
    by the way, i have a very special secret sauce recipe for my seafood meals. would you like to have some???

    you must have some strong, crazy, awesome powers. everywhere you write, you want me to follow. NAUGHT!!! love, dana

  3. i see God in my mirror, R!. mirror, mirror on the wall who is the fairest of them…?

  4. Sigh…you have a good heart..here is an article by
    Steve Arterburn

    10 Ways to Help People in Crisis

    Steve Arterburn

    1. Be there! Even better than sound advice or financial aid is the physical presence of someone who is genuinely concerned.

    2. Listen! It’s important that people in crisis are able to verbalize their story. It helps them process the situation – mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Encourage delaying any non-essential decisions until the crisis has passed … There is one who speaks rashly like the thrusts of a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing. ~ Proverbs 12:18.

    3. Don’t take any rash statements or harsh words too seriously. People in crisis often vent emotional stress in the most convenient direction. Don’t react , respond in love … Love is patient, love is kind. ~1 Corinthians 13:4

    4. Know when to back off! Often, well-intentioned expressions of concern can cross emotional and practical boundaries. Watch for subtle signals that it may be time to give the person in crisis some space … The plans of the heart belong to man, But the answer of the tongue is from the Lord. ~Proverbs 16:1

    5. Pray and alert others to pray too! In addition to the supernatural power of prayer, people in crisis often find great comfort in knowing that they’re being prayed for … pray for one another, so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much. ~James 5:16

    6. Find practical ways, however small, to help the person in crisis maintain routine functions. Simple things like bringing meals, doing laundry, taking the kids to soccer practice, etc. relieve enormous pressure during difficult times … And do not neglect doing good and sharing; for with such sacrifices God is pleased. ~Hebrews 13:16

    7. Help the person in crisis maintain a realistic perspective. People in crisis are often overwhelmed by their situation. Remind them of life’s truly important issues and help them weigh their situation in the light of a realistic, eternal perspective.

    8. Link them with helpful resources. People in crisis often don’t think clearly. Be an objective third party who can point to crisis agencies, clergy or other assistance.

    9. Don’t think you’re not needed just because the crisis has passed. Crisis situations often have long-term consequences. Make yourself available for continuing care and concern.

    10. What would Jesus do? Jesus encountered people in crisis regularly. Examine scripture to glean wisdom from His example.

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