Performed by Sawyer Brown
Well cash actually, and lots of it!
Or so I thought.
Now there’s no denying the attractiveness of the green stuff and with the onset of the so called “credit crunch” it’s a lot more scarce than it was. For many people, this equates to the inability to borrow, and for some, especially in the long run, this could be a blessing in disguise. Most people never stop to think about what makes them really happy, and you know what when they do, its not money.
Sure it oils the wheels, gives you choices and of course, when handled properly can provide security and ultimately, peace of mind. Note the last part of that sentence.
It’s really important to take stock of what you’ve actually got and the abundance of riches that involves. If you’re lucky enough to have your health, a family (however extended or close that may be) and some close friends on whom you can depend, you are my friend really rich right now. Incidentally, a very wise man (whose name escapes me) once said that you will never have more than five close friends, represented if you like by the fingers on your right hand.
So, take a look around you and determine what’s really important. Trust me, its not cash.
IF….. written in 1895 by Rudyard Kipling.
IF you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:
If you can dream – and not make dreams your master;
If you can think – and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build ‘em up with worn-out tools:
If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’
If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
‘ Or walk with Kings – nor lose the common touch,
if neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And – which is more – you’ll be a Man, my son!
When I’ve struggled with something in the past, I’ve often think of this, a copy of which I keep on my wall. Obviously of its time, the sentiment appears to me to have universal appeal-but let me know what you think…
Best wishes to you, wherever you are.
Every so often you’ll come across somebody who is completely satisfied with their lot. Then, one day, something happens to upset the equilibrium. Perhaps new skills are required and confidence takes a knock. Although acquiring new skills can represent a temporary hurdle, sometimes the bigger problem is the lack of confidence.
Sometimes we make jobs much bigger than they are as a way of diverting attention to our anxiety instead of trying to face our goals. Whenever you try something new and you feel like you run the risk of failing, you can cut your anxiety down by pinpointing what it is you really have to get done and in what order. If you do fail to achieve something, try again- Failure isn’t an end. It’s very much part of the learning process. Chances are your first bite was too big, try smaller steps until you taste success, then celebrate it and off you go-revitalised.
By dividing the overall process into smaller pieces, and then by acknowledging and completing each task in turn, you can start to rebuild your confidence. Start with the most manageable task and when you’re rewarded by success, celebrate! Make the celebration of success a focus. Write it down. Get it done. Then cross it out and put a star next to it. You’ve started a journey on the road to self-confidence.
Experts say it takes 28 days to form a new habit, and even longer to ditch an old one. If you don’t have that kind of time, try to eradicate habits such as “I’ve always done it this way,” or “I’ll never remember.” –just go for it!
Remember, self-confidence flows from positive actions, so aim for the stars but take realistic steps along the way!
Thanks to JD for finding this one
There I was, in Maney Hall Sutton Coldfield (England), listening to whichever local band was playing at the time, and it struck me………..I want to do that!
It was late 1972 early 1973 and I know that because in those days, everything you did was centred on what was in the charts at the time. This was a “GudbuyT’Jane” moment. I’ve checked since and that reached number 2 on 25th November 1972, so there you go.
The very next day I found somebody to teach me those three chords (see “Demystifying playing the Electric Guitar” elsewhere in this blog) and off I went. Some likeminded mates joined in and we had a band. Great fun.
Pretty soon we were playing at the odd party and a little bit later, the local church hall circuit. I remember one school event when we successfully managed to plaster all the parents and the odd school master up against the back wall-something to do with the volume I think. When we eventually did play Maney Hall it was a defining moment, like things going full circle.
The Beatles. Now I have been a Beatles fan for as long as I can remember, and I was forever sticking some of their songs in our set much to the chagrin of some of the more contemporary band members. So imagine my surprise and delight, when, many years later I discovered that on 1st February 1963, The Beatles had played two gigs, one being at the Assembly Rooms in Tamworth, Staffordshire and the other…….you guessed it, at somewhere called St Peters Church Hall, in Sutton Coldfield, known locally as Maney Hall!!
I haven’t washed my feet since!