Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought

I am not one of those fitness gurus. I honestly don’t know what works and what doesn’t work, but I think I can say this. At my age, often small pains can happen. For instance, sometimes when I play at church on Sunday mornings my legs hurt for some reason when I stand. The pain is very small but noticeable to me. However, once I start my day with either exercising or stretching it does wonders for how I feel. I discovered this lately and the difference has been awesome. I don’t think anyone enjoys pain, whether it is small or not. If taking a few minutes at the start of the day makes a difference  then that is exactly what I am going to do. Ironically, I was already taking a lot of walks (especially around my neighborhood). I would walk a lot, but every once in a while my legs would still hurt from all the walking. That was when I discovered that getting on my exercise bike would alleviate the pain (along with stretching). I concluded that exercise is important, but the “proper” exercise was even more important. Basically I just “listened to my body.” Your health as well as your body can actually “tell you” what you need to do. Whenever I have a late night on Saturdays I usually feel extremely tired playing at church on Sunday mornings. Some times I would even fall asleep there (that was not a good look at all). Lately I made sure to exercise and stretch before heading to church (I have to be there at 7:30 am on Sundays). This has made a difference as well. Some people “just wake up and go” each morning. I may be wrong, but I think if you tone your body up with some stretching and exercising it might make for a better day. I do know that so far it is working with me. Time will tell if it is just coincidence. I hope to discover more things that can help me deal with my schedule. I hope you can learn from your body as well. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.

Singer Ledisi and Brett Jolly

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Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought ( “Fear”)

I truly believe that everyone has a fear of something. Some people may act as though they are not afraid of anything, but deep inside I think we all have some form of fear. How far can fear go? It depends. Some people fear things that “could” happen but are not necessarily guaranteed to do so. This means that some people are afraid of “possibilities.” There are a LOT of possibilities that we can be afraid of. We could be afraid that a tidal wave is going to wipe us out. We could be afraid of an earthquake that we think is coming. A hurricane can also invoke fear into us.  Does this mean that we should constantly live our lives in fear? While I realize there is a lot to be leery of in our lives I refuse to be afraid of something that doesn’t have some degree of  “certainty” to it. If it is not definitely going to happen, then why treat it as though it is? How far does your fear go? Are you afraid of things that are not even there? Are you afraid of things that could “possibly” be there? Of course, the inevitable is going to happen in all of our lives. The things we cannot control are deaths (ours or others). I find that the only way to conquer our fear of possibilities is to focus on the pleasant things in life. The birth of a newborn, a love relationship, beautiful landscape, the ocean are all things that bring a smile to my face. They don’t negate the fact that bad things can happen, but they do help to bring me joy. Some of us tend to focus on the wrong things. These people are never happy unless they are miserable. I can’t help them, but I can make sure that they don’t turn me into one of them. Life is precious. We all will encounter losses if we live long enough. I say since we can’t control them, then  just deal with them whenever they come. That way I won’t spend most of my life being miserable. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.

Frankie Beverly  (from Maze) in concert with Brett Jolly on bass guitar

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Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (Song performance taken from last night)

Mickie Lynn is an extremely good singer. She has range, she has power and she can finesse her notes. Last night we did a tribute to the late songstress Phyllis Hyman, so Mickie came out and sang a Phyllis tune. We had a great crowd and a lot of fun last night. If you are ever in the Philadelphia area on a Wednesday Night I hope you can join us at the Crab Tavern, 201 North Macdade Blvd in Darby, PA, from 8:00 to 12 midnight. We are not your ordinary open mic event. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.

Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (Now “this” is a beautiful thing to see)

I understand fully how life can be for some people. When things go great, some people can be as gratuitous and giving as possible. When life becomes a struggle, some people seem to be less charitable. Of course, some people don’t care to help out anyone they don’t know. When I saw this video I smiled. I smiled because this video showed me that there is still hope for us. The value of life is not based on what we can do for ourselves, but rather how we can influence the lives of others. There are people in need, and while most of us cannot rescue them to the fullest extent a small contribution can still go a long way. Check out this act of kindness on New York City train:

https://abcnews.go.com/US/good-samaritan-shirt-off-back-homeless-man-nyc/story?id=36223452

I do realize that this act can only go so far. The homeless man still has a long way to go, but this random act of kindness was a Heavenly thing to do. There are so many more people in need of help, and while we cannot save them all we can bless them with a kind act whenever we can. A truly homeless person will gladly take a dollar or even less if you are willing to give it. In a world where the main focus is about impeachment and quid pro quo’s I would love to see more stories like this. God bless the good samaritan who gave the shirt off his back to this man. Maybe, just maybe, there is hope for us after all… Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.

Olivia Newton John, Brett Jolly, and musical director Amy Skyy

Olivia Newton John and Brett Jolly

Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (What do you think of this marriage?)

Kellyanne Conway works for President Trump. She is a huge advocate of his while she defends and supports him. George Conway is her husband. He is against Trump in just about every way. On the surface, it looks like these 2 shouldn’t even be in the same house together, but yet they are married (and from what I can see, they seem to be “happily married”). Does that make sense to you? Both are popular figures. Many people believe that their marriage is on the rocks or is about to crash and burn. For instance, this article will explain the latest tweets between the two:

https://www.aol.com/article/news/2019/12/02/george-conway-bitingly-responds-to-wife-kellyanne-conways-tweet-on-trump/23872663/

I have heard a lot of “speculation” about the marriage falling apart. However, I happen to ‘love’ what they have. Marriage should not  mean that a couple has to completely agree with each other. The fact that they can disagree politically with each other and still remain husband and wife should be considered a strong testament to their love. Every time I see another story about how fragile their marriage is I don’t believe it. He is entitled to his opinion and she is entitled to hers. I don’t know if they argue at home or even talk politics to each other, but as long as they still respect each other’s opinions then as far as I am concerned they have the “perfect” marriage. When you truly love someone then you love their “faults and opinions” as well. No one is perfect, so therefore no husband or wife is perfect either. I think they both are blessed to have each other. Time will tell if I am right or wrong, but so far I think their conditions are “ideal.” What do you think? Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.

Brett Jolly and “Good Morning America host” Robin Roberts

Robin Roberts and Brett Jolly

Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (Song taken from last Wednesday November 27, 2019)

Last Wednesday we had a good time, and I really needed this to lift my spirits.  It had been a very rough week but this event was so therapeutic for me. Because of the Thanksgiving holiday we weren’t sure if anyone was coming out. The place was “packed.” We did a lot of music, but this one tune I wanted to share with you today. We did a classic by Sly and the Family Stone entitled “Family Affair.” If you are ever in the Philadelphia area on a Wednesday evening I hope you come join us. Live music is beautiful. We are at the Crab Tavern (201 North Macdade Blvd in Darby, PA, from 8:00 to 12 midnight). We never practiced this song before, but we did it anyway. Thank you so much for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.

Brett Jolly’s Daily Thought (Being thankful)

Today is Thanksgiving. Today is about giving thanks for the blessings you have. In my opinion, there is a “lot” to be thankful for. I realize that the holidays will be different for me this year. The loss of my father has had a strong impact on my life, but I am still blessed. Blessed in so many ways. I wanted my father to be healed and that is “exactly” what God did. Pop is no longer in pain. Pop doesn’t have to worry about walking again. Pop doesn’t have to feel like a burden to anyone. Today is Thanksgiving, and I have a “lot” to be thankful for. You do too. Happy Thanksgiving to you. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought and as always I wish the very best to you and your family:)

Brett Jolly

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