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Jane Wagner was quoted as saying, “A sobering thought: what if, at this very moment, I am living up to my full potential.” I believe that some, like Tay, are able to do this by being in the moment. Tay is very special because he is able to connect many of these small moments into one huge event. This ability is part of why Taylor is such a great entertainer. Very few people have the gift to do this.
Edgar Cayce said, “[s]tart where you are.” This is good advice. I find that I overload at times because I feel overwhelmed by all the things I need to do. Sometimes I get the impression that the AI machine damages the Idols’ natural ability to be in the moment. This detracts from their performance which then becomes “plastic.” Performance should be very organic.
Abraham Lincoln offered advice, also, when he said, “…in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” Taylor take on this idea was “you can always sleep later.” Bless his heart, he has found out during this tour how true and prophetic those words are. 🙂 I enjoy Taylor most when he is able to allow his love for music shine through his performance.
Finally, Leonard H. Robbins wrote,
How a minority,
Hates a minority.
Generally, people really do have trouble accepting those who are just beginning or who have not achieved as much acclaim. Jealousy is one of the 7 deadly sins. How does one overcome jealousy? Look no further than the antonyms: admiration & pride.
I think Tay has a good handle on avoiding the jealousy issue. He enjoys sharing the spot light and tries to see that everyone in the “Tay World” has an opportunity to shine &/or have a great time. Yes, Tay does really make me proud. ♥
Speaking only for myself, some of my youthful ideas don’t seem too smart in retrospect (Example: “Yeah! Riding around on the hood of that moving car sounds like fun!”). Life experience helps with that.
An idea is good, bad or “crazy, but it just might work” regardless of how old the thinker is.
I like these quotes. Thanks. 🙂
This reminds me of my favorite quote:
“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
Live in the moment.
Bravo, both Rabbit and Basenji!
Society refers to “young minds” in the sense younger people are much more willing to experiment and ponder new ideas in the process of discovering themselves. They are always looking forward. Older people (most) eventually figure out who they are, and therefore stick to the thoughts and values that support their definiton of themselves. Hence, the typical “stubborn old people” stereotype.
I am experiencing this right now with my father, who is in his mid-70’s. He is completely closing his mind to anything that is now different than the way it is was in the ’50s and ’60s. If he kept one toe in the past, and one in the future as Rabbit stated, he would be a much happier man. If he at least entertained new ideas and combined them with his wisdom and life experience, he would have so much to offer. Instead, he insists on remaining in the past, and is miserable those times are now gone. He is completely consumed by his comfort zone and his “defining years”.
If we keep our minds exploring and willing to learn, no matter what our age, our potential is unlimited. When we let our minds stagnate, our lives stagnate as well.
Kinda heavy for a Saturday morning, eh? 🙂
Perfect time for some Makers Mark, clink clink goes the ice…
Yes, yes, sure “youthful” thinking means one is open to new ideas and experiences. So in that sense, right on. But…
Are all the good ideas “youthful”? Is soul music a new or an old idea? How about admirable qualities such as modesty, good manners, sharing the limelight with friends on your big night home? Why do people call Taylor an “old soul”? Why does that appeal to me? If we could keep our bodies youthful, wouldn’t we want to keep our older, wiser minds? The minds that have taken in our life, our memories good and bad, our loves? I agree with Rabbit, all ideas must come from a tradition, such as a musical tradition, and build on the past. But sometimes we need a reinfusion of the old ideas to freshen up the now.
Ash, thanks for the tasty drink…
Nothing ages a person like the moment when they not only misunderstand people much younger than them, but start to resent them because they do not understand. The key is to keep one foot in your own past experiences and one foot forward, dipping into what happening for the next generation, or the next, or the next. Cool Ash.
Age is just mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it don’t matter.
This is good. Like I have always said, I might grow old but I will never grow up…
I don’t have anything intellectual or interesting to say…just thanks, Ash. I really like it when you post these things. Makes you sit back and ponder.
Think young, Be young?
The idea just has to be good.
My idea is to stop aging.
Or as Mae West would say:
“It’s not the man in my life, it’s the life in my man”
95 year old man decides to unicycle the marathon. And does. Simple 🙂
Whatever the idea (dream), you must have energy to make it happen….
wisdom + energy = innovation
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