8/19 10:40pm: I am continuously amazed and sometimes saddened by the "funk" most
of us seem to be burdened with in our adult years. Sure we're "inspired" by TV
sitcoms and big budget movies to believe that the destination in life is plenty
o' cash and an expensive touring car / SUV, but this representation isn't cutting
it. I know lots of folks with the required cash flow and the expensive ride...
guess what? They've go the cash and the time to get their hands on all the addictions
they can bury their saddness in. If they're not happy with the "Good Life", than
8/28 6:17pm: I'll continue with my thought/ramblings about money and how it impacts
most. In my late twenties I remember being enamored with people who had money.
I grew up with it and if I didn't have it, at least it felt good to be around
it again! I believed that affiliating with folks who had wealth, who's company
I enjoyed, might be advantageous to my music career in the long run. For centuries
musicians/artists have depended on the generosity of wealthy patrons to support
their artistic endeavors. The fact is the more time I spent with most of these
folks, the more miserable I found them to be. Truly unhappy people, who rarely
found themselves "on their knees" long enough to take action and create the change
in their lives that might lead to contentment. In essence, most of the wealthy
folks I know can "buy" their way out of the toughest of times. The fact is they
never really buy their way out of anything. They just circumvent the challenge
long enough to avoid it's most acute presentation and then wait for the next opportunity
to not confront their bullshit. I know more people with huge "trust funds" who
have convinced themselves that their hard work and excellence have created the
opportunity that surrounds them. Everybody else knows it's bullshit, but they're
happy to believe their own press. In my younger years it made me angry, as I struggled through my life as a musician.
Now I just feel compassion for these folks. The satisfaction, confidence and self-esteem that comes from falling on your
ass and getting back up again and having to create results because there is no other choice... is worth it's weight in gold.
Bottom line is, some people find beauty in the depth of the posture, even
if the integrity of the posture is flawed. Show me the integrity, and add depth
based soley on the integrity of the posture and I will show you true excellence.
I choose to create excellence everyday of my life. The only rule is ALL my results
must be based upon integrity. What a pain in the ass! Fact is, everytime I take
a short cut... it comes back to haunt me to the tenth power! So, I keep fallin'
on my ass... and I keep gettin' back up again! Short cuts don't work. I don't
bullshit myself or anyone else anymore.
Miss Billie Holiday said it best, "God Bless the Child that's got his own."
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