The Concert: A story from my uncle


The Concert
When the house lights dimmed and the concert
was about to begin, the mother returned to
her seat and discovered that the child was missing
Suddenly, the curtains parted and spotlights
focused on the impressive Steinway on stage.
To her horror, the mother saw her little boy
sitting at the keyboard, innocently picking out
‘Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.’
At that moment, the great piano master made his entrance, quickly moved to the piano, and
whispered in the boy’s ear,
‘Don’t quit .. . . keep playing.
Then, leaning over , Paderewski reached
down with his left hand and began filling
in a bass part. Soon his right arm reached
around to the other side of the child,
and he added a running obbligato.
Together, the old master and the young novice
transformed what could have been a frightening situation into a wonderfully creative experience.
The audience was so mesmerized that they couldn’t recall what else the great master played.
Only the classic,
‘ Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.’
Perhaps that’s the way it is with God.
What we can accomplish on
our own is hardly noteworthy.
We try our best, but the results aren’t always
graceful flowing music. However, with the
hand of the Master, our life’s
work can truly be beautiful.
The next time you set out to accomplish great feats,
listen carefully. You may hear the voice of the Master, whispering in your
‘Don’t quit . . . Keep playing.
May you feel His arms around you and
know that His hands are there, helping you
turn your feeble attempts into true masterpieces.
Remember, God doesn’t seem to
call the equipped, rather, He equips the ‘called.’
Life is more accurately measured by the lives you touch than by the things you acquire. So touch someone by passing this little message along.
May God bless you and be with
you always!
remember ,
‘Don’t quit .. . . Keep playing.

What gets your attention gets you

There is no fire if it doesn’t inspire.
What exactly do I mean by this?
Are you straining and frustrated to achieve a certain objective.
If your passion is lacking you must try a new approach
For many years I played guitar.
It was fun and a magnificent escape for me.
Then something happened.
It stopped being fun. So I stopped playing.
Many people ask me why I never play my guitar that much
I could never give an answer.
The truth is I am a very accomplished guitar player.
It just became a chore and did not move me emotionally.
Most of us live our lives trying to recapture that old flame that has long since burned out.
This has always led me to frustration and being unfulfilled.
Writers that I know worry about blank spells and other such nonsense.
Sports Entertainers I know never quit until they die or choose to leave because they love what they do.
Some perform well into their 70’s.
So what is the point?
The only point is following your bliss.
If what you are doing now is a struggle maybe you want to reevaluate your motives behind doing it.
Is it because this is all you have done and you think this is all you know or can do.
Maybe peer pressure won’t let you move on to follow your bliss. There is absolutely nothing wrong with changing your goals and dreams as long as it is congruent with your lifestyle and it brings you fulfillment.
Remember Happiness is a choice and so are your actions.
I have a friend here in Tampa that worked in the Sports Entertainment industry for several years.
He was a good worker and successful. I ask him why did you leave when you did.
He did not give me any excuses he just said
“It stopped being fun and I wanted other things in my life.”
He is a very successful businessman in the community and is always optimistic and upbeat.
The same scenario with an acquaintance in the same business.
I ask him why he stays in the business. He gave me excuses about politics, money, blah
blah blah. all negative.
Example number one is at peace in his life. He has a passion for his new profession while
example number 2 just muddles from place to place and is not very happy. Why? Because he hit a brick wall. His lifestyle was no longer congruent with his vision of himself. If he still had passion he would’ve persisted without exception.
When you have a fire for something. Nothing gets in your way.
When or if the fire burns out you must find the spark for what you truly wish to do next.
Know your new outcome and change your approach.
The life you live must be congruent with your goals and aspirations.
If there is conflict in your mind there will definitely be conflict in your world.
Only you can decide what is best for you to do in this world.
Only you can decide what your contribution will be.
Only you know what gets you passionate and filled with a burning desire to execute at
your greatest potential.
When is now a good time to look at your life and decide once and for all. Is this what I
want? Is this who I am?
Follow your bliss and the money will come to you almost without effort like the oxygen
that your breath.
Yes, following your bliss still means you must take action.

It doesn’t take a lot of light to wipe out darkness

by Timothy Kendrick

I read this in a book and I believe it is powerful. Most ideas I have are from books or talking to (successful) people.

Creating our own opinions and deciding for ourselves what works in our lives and what does not.

Our conscious minds, if we allow can be bombarded with a ton of worthless garbage that does not enhance our personal, spiritual or professional states.
Aristotle said, “We are what we repeatedly do”.

So if we continually watch, listen to, or participate in the daily dose of “BREAKING NEWS” that “sells”, this contaminates our minds.

There is nothing wrong about staying informed on what is going on in the world. Keep in mind that News is a business and it must sell. What sells? Tragedy baby!!!

Having breaking news about the miracle of the sun rising again today doesn’t cut it. It is taken for granted. Or a new baby being born today meaning to me that this is God’s way of saying he hasn’t given up on the human race just yet. “Human Race”, where are we all racing too? THE GRAVE.

When you find happiness in a smile that is success.

You will average 25,500 days in your life. Enjoy the day no matter what happens.
When I was in Africa with the government there was a “dog and pony show” where we went to an orphanage and we were going to show all the great work “we” were doing. I had been on enough of these that I was not thrilled at escorting some diplomats through more lies.
Before the “dignitaries” arrived we got the quick tour and were told not to go in this one room because the children there were terminally ill. You guessed it, I went in the room and there were all these little kids lying down on the floor on these crappy little mats. Everyone else went on to “smooze” and I just lay down in the middle of the floor with all of these sick kids, none of them older than 6 or 7 and there must have been about 30 or so of them.

They smiled at me and I smiled back. They were perplexed because this was “a forbidden room” for anyone. More than a couple of them crawled up to me and put their little heads on me, Hell I don’t think they ever saw a Caucasian before. So as everyone was at another building with the “dog and pony” show I had more than a moment of bliss with these sick kids (actually I fell asleep with them).

There lives were almost over but their memory would touch me forever.

It doesn’t take a lot of light to wipe out darkness now does it?