Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (Topic: “Milestones and Birthdays”)

“Milestones”

Throughout life we all should set personal objectives and goals. During our lifespan our purpose “should” be to continue conquering personal goals (and then setting more goals) until you finally end world hunger. The time when you stop setting goals for yourself is usually the time when your life is just about over. That’s why milestones are important. The levels we reach often help to determine our successes in life. For me today, another milestone has been reached. Today, March 1, is officially my “day of birth.” Okay, let’s just say it’s my “birthday.” Some people celebrate their birthdays in grand fashion… They party not only through the day, but through the week and sometimes through the entire month. I have never been a “party” person and except for being onstage performing I have never been a fan to “big gatherings.” During my “younger years” I used to go play basketball on each birthday to see if I “lost a step or two.” Well, THOSE days are most certainly over (even though I can still play a little bit, but I might end up paying for it in doctor bills for the next two weeks). On Facebook the birthday wishes started coming in for me a week ago, and if last year is any indication there should be an “avalanche” of responses awaiting me today. I plan to address them all, even if it takes a couple of days to do so. How do I feel today? The answer is “great.” You see, for me it is the life experiences that make your life seem fulfilled. Just yesterday I performed with a jazz trio for an elementary school auditorium filled with 4th grade kids. We explained our instruments, we interacted with the kids and we even let them come onstage to play. The kids loved what we did and for me I got the greatest feeling from that. In the end, I told them that we were once little kids like them and we were inspired by musicians who performed at our schools. I then ended the program by telling them that they need to support their teachers if they want to succeed in life like us and promptly told them to give their teachers a round of applause. When you experience a moving moment like that it makes your birthday seem even more special, and I thank the staff and students of the Stephen Girard Elementary school for allowing us to perform there. Unfortunately, I encountered an incident after the program that made me realize how special life is from the other perspective. I took the drummer home and on the roadway traffic was jammed. When I finally caught up to the incident I noticed a car that had been turned over completely and the driver was no longer in the car with a whole bunch or police looking down at him or her looking as if there was nothing more they could do. This was a truly tough scene to witness, because just as I was about to celebrate life it was quite probable that someone else was just ending his or hers. I hope for the best but it really didn’t look good at all. So today, I plan to enjoy the life and the day that I have been blessed with.  I have nothing special planned (except for the fact that I do have to play later on). When your milestone comes I hope that your day is every bit as fulfilling as you would like it to be. While it is important to celebrate the day, it is the “rest” of your life that makes the biggest difference. For those of you who wish me a Happy Birthday, I sincerely thank you from the heart, and I cherish you as true friends. Well, it is currently early in the morning, and I need to get up. Maybe today I’ll run up the stairs to see if “I’ve lost a step or two.” (smile). Thank you all, and I hope that your day today is truly blessed.

Brett Jolly

 

World famous guitarist Steve Cropper and Brett jamming onstage

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Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (Topic: “Milestones and Birthdays”)

“Milestones”

Throughout life we all should set personal objectives and goals. During our lifespan our purpose “should” be to continue conquering personal goals (and then setting more goals) until you finally end world hunger. The time when you stop setting goals for yourself is usually the time when your life is just about over. That’s why milestones are important. The levels we reach often help to determine our successes in life. For me today, another milestone has been reached. Today, March 1, is officially my “day of birth.” Okay, let’s just say it’s my “birthday.” Some people celebrate their birthdays in grand fashion… They party not only through the day, but through the week and sometimes through the entire month. I have never been a “party” person and except for being onstage performing I have never been a fan to “big gatherings.” During my “younger years” I used to go play basketball on each birthday to see if I “lost a step or two.” Well, THOSE days are most certainly over (even though I can still play a little bit, but I might end up paying for it in doctor bills for the next two weeks). On Facebook the birthday wishes started coming in for me a week ago, and if last year is any indication there should be an “avalanche” of responses awaiting me today. I plan to address them all, even if it takes a couple of days to do so. How do I feel today? The answer is “great.” You see, for me it is the life experiences that make your life seem fulfilled. Just yesterday I performed with a jazz trio for an elementary school auditorium filled with 4th grade kids. We explained our instruments, we interacted with the kids and we even let them come onstage to play. The kids loved what we did and for me I got the greatest feeling from that. In the end, I told them that we were once little kids like them and we were inspired by musicians who performed at our schools. I then ended the program by telling them that they need to support their teachers if they want to succeed in life like us and promptly told them to give their teachers a round of applause. When you experience a moving moment like that it makes your birthday seem even more special, and I thank the staff and students of the Stephen Girard Elementary school for allowing us to perform there. Unfortunately, I encountered an incident after the program that made me realize how special life is from the other perspective. I took the drummer home and on the roadway traffic was jammed. When I finally caught up to the incident I noticed a car that had been turned over completely and the driver was no longer in the car with a whole bunch or police looking down at him or her looking as if there was nothing more they could do. This was a truly tough scene to witness, because just as I was about to celebrate life it was quite probable that someone else was just ending his or hers. I hope for the best but it really didn’t look good at all. So today, I plan to enjoy the life and the day that I have been blessed with.  I have nothing special planned (except for the fact that I do have to play later on). When your milestone comes I hope that your day is every bit as fulfilling as you would like it to be. While it is important to celebrate the day, it is the “rest” of your life that makes the biggest difference. For those of you who wish me a Happy Birthday, I sincerely thank you from the heart, and I cherish you as true friends. Well, it is currently early in the morning, and I need to get up. Maybe today I’ll run up the stairs to see if “I’ve lost a step or two.” (smile). Thank you all, and I hope that your day today is truly blessed.

Brett Jolly

 

World famous guitarist Steve Cropper and Brett jamming onstage

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Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (Topic: “Milestones and Birthdays”)

“Milestones”

Throughout life we all should set personal objectives and goals. During our lifespan our purpose “should” be to continue conquering personal goals (and then setting more goals) until you finally end world hunger. The time when you stop setting goals for yourself is usually the time when your life is just about over. That’s why milestones are important. The levels we reach often help to determine our successes in life. For me today, another milestone has been reached. Today, March 1, is officially my “day of birth.” Okay, let’s just say it’s my “birthday.” Some people celebrate their birthdays in grand fashion… They party not only through the day, but through the week and sometimes through the entire month. I have never been a “party” person and except for being onstage performing I have never been a fan to “big gatherings.” During my “younger years” I used to go play basketball on each birthday to see if I “lost a step or two.” Well, THOSE days are most certainly over (even though I can still play a little bit, but I might end up paying for it in doctor bills for the next two weeks). On Facebook the birthday wishes started coming in for me a week ago, and if last year is any indication there should be an “avalanche” of responses awaiting me today. I plan to address them all, even if it takes a couple of days to do so. How do I feel today? The answer is “great.” You see, for me it is the life experiences that make your life seem fulfilled. Just yesterday I performed with a jazz trio for an elementary school auditorium filled with 4th grade kids. We explained our instruments, we interacted with the kids and we even let them come onstage to play. The kids loved what we did and for me I got the greatest feeling from that. In the end, I told them that we were once little kids like them and we were inspired by musicians who performed at our schools. I then ended the program by telling them that they need to support their teachers if they want to succeed in life like us and promptly told them to give their teachers a round of applause. When you experience a moving moment like that it makes your birthday seem even more special, and I thank the staff and students of the Stephen Girard Elementary school for allowing us to perform there. Unfortunately, I encountered an incident after the program that made me realize how special life is from the other perspective. I took the drummer home and on the roadway traffic was jammed. When I finally caught up to the incident I noticed a car that had been turned over completely and the driver was no longer in the car with a whole bunch or police looking down at him or her looking as if there was nothing more they could do. This was a truly tough scene to witness, because just as I was about to celebrate life it was quite probable that someone else was just ending his or hers. I hope for the best but it really didn’t look good at all. So today, I plan to enjoy the life and the day that I have been blessed with.  I have nothing special planned (except for the fact that I do have to play later on). When your milestone comes I hope that your day is every bit as fulfilling as you would like it to be. While it is important to celebrate the day, it is the “rest” of your life that makes the biggest difference. For those of you who wish me a Happy Birthday, I sincerely thank you from the heart, and I cherish you as true friends. Well, it is currently early in the morning, and I need to get up. Maybe today I’ll run up the stairs to see if “I’ve lost a step or two.” (smile). Thank you all, and I hope that your day today is truly blessed.

Brett Jolly

 

World famous guitarist Steve Cropper and Brett jamming onstage

 

Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (Topic: “Milestones and Birthdays”)

“Milestones”

Throughout life we all should set personal objectives and goals. During our lifespan our purpose “should” be to continue conquering personal goals (and then setting more goals) until you finally end world hunger. The time when you stop setting goals for yourself is usually the time when your life is just about over. That’s why milestones are important. The levels we reach often help to determine our successes in life. For me today, another milestone has been reached. Today, March 1, is officially my “day of birth.” Okay, let’s just say it’s my “birthday.” Some people celebrate their birthdays in grand fashion… They party not only through the day, but through the week and sometimes through the entire month. I have never been a “party” person and except for being onstage performing I have never been a fan to “big gatherings.” During my “younger years” I used to go play basketball on each birthday to see if I “lost a step or two.” Well, THOSE days are most certainly over (even though I can still play a little bit, but I might end up paying for it in doctor bills for the next two weeks). On Facebook the birthday wishes started coming in for me a week ago, and if last year is any indication there should be an “avalanche” of responses awaiting me today. I plan to address them all, even if it takes a couple of days to do so. How do I feel today? The answer is “great.” You see, for me it is the life experiences that make your life seem fulfilled. Just yesterday I performed with a jazz trio for an elementary school auditorium filled with 4th grade kids. We explained our instruments, we interacted with the kids and we even let them come onstage to play. The kids loved what we did and for me I got the greatest feeling from that. In the end, I told them that we were once little kids like them and we were inspired by musicians who performed at our schools. I then ended the program by telling them that they need to support their teachers if they want to succeed in life like us and promptly told them to give their teachers a round of applause. When you experience a moving moment like that it makes your birthday seem even more special, and I thank the staff and students of the Stephen Girard Elementary school for allowing us to perform there. Unfortunately, I encountered an incident after the program that made me realize how special life is from the other perspective. I took the drummer home and on the roadway traffic was jammed. When I finally caught up to the incident I noticed a car that had been turned over completely and the driver was no longer in the car with a whole bunch or police looking down at him or her looking as if there was nothing more they could do. This was a truly tough scene to witness, because just as I was about to celebrate life it was quite probable that someone else was just ending his or hers. I hope for the best but it really didn’t look good at all. So today, I plan to enjoy the life and the day that I have been blessed with.  I have nothing special planned (except for the fact that I do have to play later on). When your milestone comes I hope that your day is every bit as fulfilling as you would like it to be. While it is important to celebrate the day, it is the “rest” of your life that makes the biggest difference. For those of you who wish me a Happy Birthday, I sincerely thank you from the heart, and I cherish you as true friends. Well, it is currently early in the morning, and I need to get up. Maybe today I’ll run up the stairs to see if “I’ve lost a step or two.” (smile). Thank you all, and I hope that your day today is truly blessed.

Brett Jolly

Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (Topic: “Milestones and birthdays”

“Milestones”

Throughout life we all should set personal objectives and goals. During our lifespan our purpose “should” be to continue conquering personal goals (and then setting more goals) until you finally end world hunger. The time when you stop setting goals for yourself is usually the time when your life is just about over. That’s why milestones are important. The levels we reach often help to determine our successes in life. For me today, another milestone has been reached. Today, March 1, is officially my “day of birth.” Okay, let’s just say it’s my “birthday.” Some people celebrate their birthdays in grand fashion… They party not only through the day, but through the week and sometimes through the entire month. I have never been a “party” person and except for being onstage performing I have never been a fan to “big gatherings.” During my “younger years” I used to go play basketball on each birthday to see if I “lost a step or two.” Well, THOSE days are most certainly over (even though I can still play a little bit, but I might end up paying for it in doctor bills for the next two weeks). On Facebook the birthday wishes started coming in for me a week ago, and if last year is any indication there should be an “avalanche” of responses awaiting me today. I plan to address them all, even if it takes a couple of days to do so. How do I feel today? The answer is “great.” You see, for me it is the life experiences that make your life seem fulfilled. Just yesterday I performed with a jazz trio for an elementary school auditorium filled with 4th grade kids. We explained our instruments, we interacted with the kids and we even let them come onstage to play. The kids loved what we did and for me I got the greatest feeling from that. In the end, I told them that we were once little kids like them and we were inspired by musicians who performed at our schools. I then ended the program by telling them that they need to support their teachers if they want to succeed in life like us and promptly told them to give their teachers a round of applause. When you experience a moving moment like that it makes your birthday seem even more special, and I thank the staff and students of the Stephen Girard Elementary school for allowing us to perform there. Unfortunately, I encountered an incident after the program that made me realize how special life is from the other perspective. I took the drummer home and on the roadway traffic was jammed. When I finally caught up to the incident I noticed a car that had been turned over completely and the driver was no longer in the car with a whole bunch or police looking down at him or her looking as if there was nothing more they could do. This was a truly tough scene to witness, because just as I was about to celebrate life it was quite probable that someone else was just ending his or hers. I hope for the best but it really didn’t look good at all. So today, I plan to enjoy the life and the day that I have been blessed with.  I have nothing special planned (except for the fact that I do have to play later on). When your milestone comes I hope that your day is every bit as fulfilling as you would like it to be. While it is important to celebrate the day, it is the “rest” of your life that makes the biggest difference. For those of you who wish me a Happy Birthday, I sincerely thank you from the heart, and I cherish you as true friends. Well, it is currently early in the morning, and I need to get up. Maybe today I’ll run up the stairs to see if “I’ve lost a step or two.” (smile). Thank you all, and I hope that your day today is truly blessed.

Brett Jolly