I LOVE this girl!!! Julie Myers is living her dream as a Stevie Nicks Tribute Artist, AND SHE’S GREAT!!! She’s about to embark on a huge tour and the show is awesome!!! And I’m proud to tell you my wife is her backup singer!!! Here’s Julie’s story:
This was just about the best way to spend a day EVER! First of all, Joe Pires… what a great guy! Just a regular “Joe” until he decided, in his 50s to actually follow his passion. It’s a weird one, but who cares? His wife loves it and it is VERY cool. Watch this and let me know if you’d go up in one of theses!!! Gyro Plane??? Are you kidding me???
How often do you get to interview one of your all time faces? Well, actually, it happens a LOT here at GB! But it was a THRILL to sit down and have an in depth chat with Rickie Lee Jones. Know what was really unexpected? She’s just like one of her songs! At first, you’re not sure where it’s going, then you hop on board this journey of highs and lows, of complex thoughts and simple needs, of logical thought and emotional reaction. She really was wonderful! Anyway, here’s the story we put together from the conversation!
It’s a song by Tower of Power. It should also be a mantra.
It’s a lesson so important it’s one of the first things a parent should teach a child. Every teacher should go over it on the very first day of school. Heck, it’s so much bigger than that, that it probably should be added as the eleventh commandment. Thou shalt funk the dumb stuff!
So simple, yet this one little phrase can save relationships, avert heartaches, smooth stresses and totally change your outlook on life. Just think of all the “dumb stuff” we don’t funk. Far too often, the things that really set us off, completely irritate us, bring us to our wits end and send us over the top are things that were unintentional, misunderstood and don’t really matter much anyway.
Wars have been started, marriages ended, friendships fizzled from things as simple as having a bad day, saying something you didn’t mean, or by simply misunderstanding.
We are a culture of overreactors. We are fastidious read-into experts. We know what others are really saying better than they do! Good times can evaporate in an instant from our memories. Not such good times are etched there forever. Someone can do a hundred nice things for us, but the second they slip up with a snarky comment, a perceived slight, or a misunderstood oversight… it’s all over!
Just like in the fairy tale: someone can be nice enough to give us a whole stack of mattresses, but if there’s a pea under it we will feel it. And we won’t like it one bit!
Then, we’ll dwell. We are excellent dwellers. We’ll take one negative incident, crawl inside and live there. Do you have any family members or former good friends who haven’t spoken in years? I’m sure some have very legitimate reasons. But most are because we dwell.
After dwelling we hunker down. Dig the foxhole. Build the wall. No way I’m peeking over the top. Reach out? Not me, I’ll show you!
People have held grudges for years, family members have stayed apart for the rest of their lives. For what?
Life presents so many real challenges. We will all have unexpected obstacles, heartbreak and tragedies to deal with. It’s family and friends that help us push through. We need all the love and support we can acquire in life. But yet we’re so quick to chop a whole tree down just because we didn’t like a leaf.
Okay. So, how do we know if it’s “dumb stuff” or legit? The answer is, it’s ALL dumb stuff. Again, it is ALL dumb stuff until we make it legit by overreacting to it. So, avert the drama, save yourself a ton of stress, and stop letting others affect your outlook. Just think of those four little words.
Funk the dumb stuff.
They manage to find stories every day that make me cringe when I realize the kids are in the room. Home video of girls fighting, security video of convenience store clerks with guns to their heads, descriptions of grizzly murders, video of brawls on school busses. Stories of sexual abuse, torture, kidnapping and killing. Truly horrible things brought right into our living rooms on our 50″ hi-definintion TVs.
I don’t want to watch anymore. But for me, watching the evening news is like brushing my teeth, it’s part of the daily routine. For decades I was part of the news. What it’s become is a big part of the reason I left.
The point is, there is bad everywhere. There are bad people. There are good people bad things happen to. Bad things happen all the time. So do good things. It comes down to this, what do you chose to focus on? It makes all the difference in the world.
I’m not talking about sticking your head in the sand. I’m not talking about some naive, pollyanna view of life. I’m talking about gratitude, about acknowledging the good, embracing the positive. And when the bad happens to you, and unfortunately, odds are bad things will happen to us all, be ready to face your challenges, to fight to overcome your obstacles. Understand that it’s how we handle the horrible that defines who we are. Watching us stand up to the bad inspires others to do the same when it’s their turn.
Yes, life is too serious to be taken seriously. So live yours. As Tower of Power says in their song, Funk the Dumb Stuff. Focus on the good. Deal with the bad. And have a great life… Seriously!
Seems that everyone had a good chuckle when word got out that the St. Louis Rams asked Brett Favre if he was interested in making a comeback. After all, Favre is 44 years old, and hasn’t played a down in three years. Sportswriters had a field day laughing at how desperate the Rams must be.
Favre initially laughed it off as well, joking with the media about taking the field at his age. Only now, he’s revealed the real reason he turned them down, and it’s no joke. He’s having memory lapses. Couldn’t remember his daughter playing youth soccer at all.
It’s done something to him that no rushing defender ever did. It’s scared him to death. He’s terrified that the damage from concussions over a 20-year career has just begun to present itself. At 44 he’s wondering what kind of life lies ahead, and he’s worried about his countless friends who still play the game.
There are two distinct Growing Bolder messages in this story. The Rams did not care that Favre is 44. They looked past many younger and less-expensive options and didn’t think twice about seeking out Favre. His age was not a deterrent. It was far outweighed by his talent, experience and leadership.
So, much to the surprise of the snickering sportswriters it wasn’t age that prevented Favre from again taking the field along side players half his age. Fear did. He told the New York Daily News, “For the first time in 44 years, that (memory loss) put a little fear in me.”
These days, Favre is a grandfather. He’s continuing to follow his passions, spending time with his family in a way his career never allowed, and helping out as an assistant coach at the local high school.
He’s been looking forward to reinventing himself, taking on new challenges. He expected some of those challenges would include dealing with the limitations of his battered body. But at 44, he never expected to be dealing with an uncertain future due to the limitations of his battered mind.