What Are You Waiting For?


Do you remember in one of the ‘Scary Movie’ scenes, Cindy is outside  yelling, “What are you waiting for?” (If not, go watch ALL the Scary Movie’s. Well worth the chuckle or two, or hundreds you’ll get.) And the principal is on top of the building, thinking she’s talking to him. So he jumps. That scene popped into my head as I was on a FREE call for motivational speaker, Les Brown. Actually, Les was traveling so he had a guest speaker, Wade Randolph. Man, was he on FIRE! He must have been if that scene jumped into my mind, eh? Lemme explain, before it sounds too weird.

The basic topic was: Fearful or Fearless! How does that relate to the scene? In the principal’s case, he was fearful for his wrong doing and chose to deal with his situation in a rather grisly manner. Cindy, on the other hand, was tired of being afraid and bravely bellowed out to the unseen killer stalking her and her friends. Fearful and Fearless. I know, I know, an odd way to look at it but hey, there you have it.

Listening to Wade Randolph was a first for me but I’m glad  I had the opportunity to hear his powerful words. One of the things he said, which hit a chord with me, is: ‘You’re never too young to learn. You’re never too old to learn.”

BAM! That’s what I say! I’ve heard, so often, people share their dreams or goals with me and then sadly dismiss the pursuit of their dreams because of age.  I don’t know how many times I’ve said to people, ‘Age ain’t but a number.’ I get there are certain things we can do depending on our ages but let me tell you this, dreams aren’t included in those types of conditions, limitations, laws, or whatever you want to call it.

How many times have you read about a young child who believes strongly in a cause and sets out to prove a point to the world? A point that is not only accomplished but recognized. Or, one of my favorites, when you see a ninety-year old person getting their diploma, whether for high school or college.

What are your dreams? If you had the complete go ahead, everything set in place, what would you be doing? Why aren’t you doing it? What’s really stopping you?

That being said, I wanted to encourage each and every one of you to go for it! 


My Other Job As A Judge

I think, as God was going down His list of creating moi, when He came to the column marked: Singing, He used that opportunity to show God does have a sense of humor.

I adore singing. I am a beast when it comes to not learning the words right, having no clue that you’re suppose to stay in tune, and have this amazing ability to want to belt out the songs that are nowhere near my, uh-hem, voice range.

I give the most amazing performances in my house. I do not, I repeat, do not get deterred as the neighborhood dogs gather in my front yard howling during my free concerts. I can ignore them and my own four-legged grand-dogs.

I told ya, I’m the beast!

The only time I’ve ever watched American Idol is when Sanjaya Malakar was a contestant. That was because of the snippets I heard about him not really having talent and his crazy hair styles. I watched two shows with him and that’s it.  I loved him! He was so adorable, hopeful, and  doing his thing.

On the other hand, I will spend hours watching various auditions for hopeful singers on YouTube. I get into my judge mode, I make my calls before they open their mouths and a lot of times, I’m just as blown away as the real judges.

I tend to gravitate towards the singers who have been through hard times and are sometimes placing their last shred of hope in the hands of strangers. I love a happy ending. Kevin Skinner comes across as a good ol’ country boy but wow when he starts singing. I bawl every time I watch Lascel Wood’s video. Luke Lucas cracks me up in his  youthful crush. Matt Cardle did make it through after his audition. I watched another video and he is amazing. Little Anna Graceman gave me chills as she performed! Only 11 years old at the time!!!!!! Katie Smith is cute as a button and has an awesome voice. I love the jaw dropping moment when Greg Pritchard opens his mouth! You never know what talent will come out of the unique package presented on stage!

I’m sharing a few of my faves I’ve come across during my unofficial status as a judge. I have been inspired to practice for the next concert. Enjoy!

Life’s Passion or Passionate?

Jeannie and I were talking the other day about 2 horse people she recently met. She and her dad met them through their need to find some kind of device that makes the hay bales square. Apparently, to find the place with said square baler thingy, was further out than they’d anticipated. When Jeannie realized she had set foot on a padded Tennessee Walking Horse (TWH) farm, it was well worth the drive.

Jeannie’s life passion has always been horses. She’s been riding and showing since she was a little girl. She often leaves me in stitches as she tells me about the horse trainer who use to make her angry with his no-nonsense approach to her mistakes. On one such occasion, Jeannie was less than thrilled with his “constructive” criticism. Her response was to lock him in the barn and happily go home. She admits, as the night went on, she forgot about him being locked in the barn. He did manage to get out. I was torn between laughing at her antics and being horrified that she would lock him in the barn. But that’s Jeannie for ya!

 Jeannie easily admits that she took a brief intermission for her love of TWH’s about the time period she discovered——->BOYS!  However, she has returned to her life’s passion. 

I enjoy hanging out with Jeannie when she’s around her horses. We both agree we love the smell of the barn. (Yes, that might be a little odd.) But there’s something so pleasant and relaxing about being in her barn with the horses. I admire Jeannie’s ease and comfort she has with her babies. I’m still working on my self-instilled fear of getting kicked by the horses as I walk behind them. (Another post to come about overcoming fears.) Jeannie doesn’t exhibit any type of fear or intimidation by any of her horses. She shows love and an amazing bond she has with each and every one of them.

As Jeannie was talking about her new-found horse friends, I thought, I wonder what it’s like to have a life’s passion about something. Later, I thought about Olympic stars who put so much of their passion, drive, desire, love, need, hunger, whatever it is that pushes them to be the best at  their life’s passion. Then I wondered if I have a life’s passion. 

I know I can be extremely passionate about certain things. But I don’t know that I necessarily have a life’s passion. I love to write but it’s not a burning desire or daily need.  I tend to be interested in learning about a lot of different things. I like new experiences, new lessons. I can be passionate about them. I can enjoy them. Share them with people. I can’t say that any one thing has grabbed me and captured me in the sense of how Jeannie is about her horses, musicians about their music, artists about their paintings, or athletes about their chosen sport. 

What about you? Do you have a life’s passion?

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