“You’re Not Promised Tomorrow.” CAFFEINE COMMUNION with Troy Anthony Harris.

Wednesday, December 13 found me with Troy Anthony Harris at the Lincoln Café, directly across Long Street from the Lincoln Theater.

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Troy’s personal current mission, which he calls Achievement Through Strategic Alignment, means to set all the components of his life to be in sync, as per core values. He wants his professional work to coincide with the mission of his volunteer work with community development.

As a trained actor, performing on Columbus stages since childhood, I witnessed Troy provide a masterful experience as an MC for the annual Columbus Collaborative, to maintain a seamless flow of presenters to connect do-ers with Columbus not-for-profit organizations.

He credits several mentors for his development in art and social justice, most of whom are women; his own mother, plus his “Jewish mother” of a teacher at Moler Elementary in Columbus schools, his acting training, starting with the Little Theater Off Broadway in Grove City. He lived in San Francisco for 15 years, getting more experience at the Lorraine Hansberry Theatre.

FEAR:  Troy follows his simple mantra, “Feel the fear and do it anyway.”

ABUNDANCE/SCARCITY: The value he finds as the community works together for racial, economic, and social justice is Troy’s abundance, helping him counter the scarcity of finances.

Troy is blessed in heighth, as, he is tall. As an example of the “BOX” that we hear we should think outside of, for a long time folks have assumed he played basketball. This is a condition he has transcended, this societal assumption of what tall, black men are supposed to be.

IDEAS have come to Troy due to the stimulating diversity and inclusion Troy experiences in his community work, spawning creativity. And he rolled another gem off his tongue when asked about how he handles UNCERTAINTY, a mantra often repeated by clergy in the African-American churches, “You’re not promised tomorrow.” The unknown challenge of our existence inspires Troy to his moral imperative to “make a difference.”

His vision for FIVE YEARS IN THE FUTURE: he sees stronger community cohesion in our neighborhoods. Society will connect as individuals and push back on consumerism and patriarchy. “The power of connection is always going to be stronger, as we as humans have a need to be connected.”

Thank you Troy, I appreciate your time and how you help enrich our community.

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About orangeacorn

We are, I believe, and everything is, in perpetual unfolding/enfolding/evolving. By surface appearances, we're in turmoil and fearfullness, but in fact our existence is on the edge of a new way, beyond the US versus THEM we have grown with. I encourage you to join me over coffee or tea in face-to-face encounters. I call this exercise, "CAFFEINE COMMUNION: Encounters with Paradigm Pioneers." I'm a Columbus, Ohio husband, father and citizen. I practice string band sounds from the ridges of Pocahontas County, West Virginia, the vortex of the ancient drone.
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