Treasure in the Trenches

By Adira Royal

I Love watching Movies because regardless if it is a “Runaway Bride, or The Adam Project or maybe even one of the EQUALIZER.” I get myself prepared for the best. I am captivated by the graphics, suspense of opening music during the climax, or the interactions between characters. The lingering method of drawing you in, leading you through thick plot points or very emotional moments in time then leave you wondering whats next. Or could it be the characters that offer a personality so mysterious or complex you are on the edge of your seat while your heart beat 100 miles an hour.

Each week it is important to me to read wonderful material as well as find a mind or life altering movie. One that makes you think about something. Although my love is romance and suspense. Every now and then a comedy or horror movie may surface in my genre of views. These kind of movies at times are so on the edge I may not sleep all night.

How awesome would it be to go behind the scenes to see the inner working of what it takes to make a film. Observing the cameras, scenes, props, costume changes, where the movie takes place, the stunts and the stunt doubles. What does it look like to rehearse their lines under pressure of onlookers. The sound of Lights, camera, action…. If they even say that anymore the scent of creative masterpiece in the process of perfection. Wow, wouldn’t it be Loverly.


Thinking about the world of filming brings up the lives of Great producers Steven Spielberg, Alfred Hitchcock, Clint Eastwood, Spike Lee, Quintin Tarantino, Denzel Washington, Tyler Perry and more. These iconic figures have to pay attention to detail to create the type of content they produce. Treasure comes from deep places most of the time when it is cultivated properly brings a lasting gift to all. Deep within me I have an appreciation for the pioneers who bridged the gap for artist, creators and people of all walks of life.

Dig Deeper

Never forgetting the Treasure is in Trenches. Surface is ok, but the quality of anything movie, memoir, love, documentary, music, ministry is deep down in the trenches. There is a wide gamet hidden in the depth. The story is more than the beginning and the end. Anyone that watches movies intentionally knows things can get very murky before the end. A book has robust analogies, lessons and even comedy but it all presents a conglomorate of wonder, surprise, solidarity and at times complexity. The more you read a good book the more you want to read and digest it. Two amazing worlds with phenomenal creators who have definite set of skills. Who amazingly set indulgent and delectable masterpieces before us to enjoy.


In real life we are complex beings with a wide collection of life experiences and circumstance. One day I am happy sure of my path only to get thrown off by a medical issue, financial debacle or something else. Each move I make I would like to know that it is working for my good. Even when we make wrong choices without complete information indirectly or directly doesn’t matter. Digging deeper within allows me to see my capacity is not as limited as I thought. Understanding some of these choices were predisposed behavior and some I adopted all on my own.

Blessing in the Lesson

By Adira Royal

Shining is the sun through our lives that introduces darkness to envokes our appreciation for soothing heat, grassy green growth and stimulating nutrients of each situation we seemingly enjoy.

Like the time when we enjoyed Pop stars like Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, Prince, excellent actress Cecily Tyson and Sidney Potier. They transitioned into the night after their sun went down. Without our permission, without our readiness. This is somewhat how I prepare my mind there is a sunrise and a sunset. Even in this what was the lesson?

Could it be to never get comfortable in any situation, be prepared to rise in all areas of your life. Challenges great and small, new dates, enriched learning experiences, or spiritually defining moments. Reading about moments in someones life can help to prepare you for things come. Although, it has been said experience is a good teacher. There is part of me that agrees that it is true some lessons cannot be duplicated. However, in the moments you need some answers and it is provided for you through the mouth of someone else which causes you to avoid making a similar mistake. That is worth a thousand thank you or I am so grateful……

What is a blessing exactly? Blessing by definition is a prayer asking for God’s favor and protection. It has been said, multiple times nothing causes you to pray more than adversity, trouble, sickness, obstacles and tough challenges. While embracing this journey with all its twist and turns. Quality is being added, faith and to your faith patience.

One thing I am reminded of is mistakes in my life were not seen as gifts. It was seen as sin or faulty or damaged and I had to fix it or I needed to be fixed. Being better requires failure, this means you are not broken just developing into and it hurts sometimes to heal. Treatment never just requires all the goodies we love & like there are bitter herbs in there too. I am in no way a chef but it always blew my mind how they can take not so tasty veggie or food mix it with other herbs and bring out a tasty entrée.


By Adira Royal

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The song Clean UP Woman written and sung by Betty Wright in 1971.

A clean up woman is the woman who Gets all the love we girls leave behind The reason I know so much about her is because sh picked up a man of mine……

That is not the focus today, although it is a awesome place for discussion. Today is not the day for that discussion as I am smiling from ear to ear.

This shout out is to all the woman that take good care of their personal hygiene. While they stay stylish. It is a must for them to go to the doctors i.e gynecologist,obstetrician, primary care physician, optometrist, specialist, psychologist and therapist to take mental health breaks. In the midst of it all you balance this life to your best ability and multitask to care for family and others. Way To Go! The World Salutes you….

This is my definition of clean up woman. Most clesn up conisseurs have specific tasks they complete when professionally cleaning a home or business. These woman own their business, clean as a profession, while keeping their homes running. It is difficult to be a good clean up woman especially when you juggle so many task.

Cleaning up is refreshing, listening to someone talk about their mess and asking for your assistance. It can put a smile on your face. Purposeful clean up woman go above and beyond without forgetting themselves or others Spirtually, physically, mentally, and socially. The connection to others is imperative to them.

She is not only clean in appearance she has a Sassy yet graceful persona. She gives respect and receives respect but there are times she lets her guard down. Yes, that man or child gets to see the vulnerable, tickled pink, affectionate side that others may not see ” Clean Up Woman” lend a helping hand and are not afraid to say ” No”.

This woman navigates through life with the mind to reach her ” WHY”.. YESSSSSS, She may be martied, single, divorced, a single mother, in transition, a business woman, a educated woman, a hardworking women and she shines. This clean up woman is so engaged in other things someone elses man is not on her mind. It is for the Greater Good…. Perhaps someone will create a poem or song for these women….

Totally Grateful

By Adira Royal

Learning never to discount experiences where there are nuggets. Along with the lesson there are deep truths. As each day passes it is a fact all yield to something. Some let go to love; others their profession, many to family and friends. Yielding to gods or God. Plants, drugs, a cause, a stance or a belief we Stand for something and yield.


(of a substance or object) giving way under pressure; not hard or rigid.”she dropped on to the yielding cushions” a product or generating a financial return of a specified amount.(Dictionary).

Is it a decision or a destiny? Are there people who yield to nothing? If I choose to be single but want companionship? Giving my heart to a cause but not serving in a particularlly huge capacity. Investing time, energy, resources in particular ways.

A sense of Gratefulness, for life, all that are a part and those who passed through. Thank you for the gift. Miracles come in various capacities. The greatest gift is a “Purpose Driven Life.” Transforming includes check ups, critics, renovation, donations and even change of geographical location.

Forget Fear

This yielding can reap benefits in time. No matter how good or bad life may seem. Perspective matters. Reverential respect is different from fear of something or someone. Fear cannot be the driving force or determining factor of what is done. It is almost as if aomething from the depths of your soul compels you.


Grab on and don’t let go. My thoughts today are Learn from and about those who are around you. Know that all of who you are will come to fruition in time. Stay in faith, in peace, and be confident that all is well. Even if it is not alright better days come.