Into The Wild: Frozen in Time – FACE YOUR FEELINGS

FACE YOUR FEELINGS

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Facing feelings make us vulnerable to our truth. Why do we tend to romanticize the past?

Personally, I’m thankful that all the good memories remain.

Good friends, solid friends remain. They do not blow away with the wind. In my case, because I can be loyal to a fault, sometimes God had to pull me away from ‘friends’ kicking and screaming. He prunes us when we need it most.

There are times we must ignore the MESSENGER delivering the message. God gives us guidelines from many different sources. It’s up to us to be open in our minds enough to HEAR what we are to hear and learn.

It took me forever to be ‘settled’ in Conway. Today, I still miss my Nashville, Tn. Friends, work partners, and social life, – always the most fun. Was it tied to my work? You bet. Nothing is funnier than being behind the scenes for any event or show and talking about it later with those who present. Yes, it can be stressful, trying to honor one’s client and the show’s criteria but it’s the best stories behind the scenes.

Long before INTO THE WILD with Jack Hanna, my PR agency assisted him, his team in bringing all kinds of animals to television. Ostriches come to mind, yet my favorites are still the snow leopards and the Eagles. In fact, we asked Ricky Skaggs to help release an Eagle in one adventure. Behind the scenes, I was busy locating a cherry-picking machine in Pigeon Forge, TN. to help with the release. Was it a piece of cake? Not so much — but it was my responsibility. Everything needed to LOOK easy, even if it was not! Of course, we found the cherry-picker.

When Good Morning America wanted the Gaither Vocal Band to perform, initially Bill said no. I was gobsmacked, his reason?They were busy with rehearsals on a boat, on the lake more than an hour away from Nashville. Well, I was not about to let them miss the opportunity.Thankfully, we had a WONDERFULLY KIND producer, ABC’s Tom Guisto. Tom agreed and off we went.

What made the difference for me? Don’t like to ‘lose’ any opportunity any time, anywhere. Even now, if you ask for a story about one of my artists, I’ll always ask for the cover.

Covers obtained were deserving and perfect for the publication. It helped/helps to LOVE artists we represent. Rarely did we take a client not loved by the entire team. If they are the best, we want the world to know.

Because I loved my experiences so much, sometimes all spoken by me was about the past. Very consciously about two years ago, I made a focused effort to STOP. Just Stop. I did slip a couple of times, okay maybe three or four, yet if I brought up old stories NO MATTER how fun and funny, I tried to STOP. And I did. Do they still go off in my head? You bet.

Avoiding the VERBAL retelling diminishes the quest to say more about the past. In my spot? Know the feeling?

Trust this: the more we are in the present, the happier we are.

Every morning I have a place to get-up-and-go-to, and it makes me happy. The blessing is not lost on me. Art on the Green deserves my best, and I can only give my best if I stay IN-THE-PRESENT.

Let’s all work to stay in the present. It does make a difference.

Oil Painting by William McClanahan #investmentpiece

Oil Painting
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William McClanahan #investmentpiece

 


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Into The Wild: Frozen in Time with Jack Hanna

Jack and Suzi Hanna with Julie

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Jack and Suzi 
Jack and Suzi

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Last night I saw a client and old friend Jack Hanna. It’s my first time to not be behind the scenes for any artist or show. Was it hard?  Not as much as I expected. He IS such a great guy, terrific father and husband, and that has not changed. It was actually a very endearing time for me.

Can’t even remember all the animals I’ve held, thanks to Jack and his assistants. Suzie (not Suzi, his wife!) has been with him longer than I’ve known him and she was with him last night, along with a few others, all new. If you’ve seen him on Letterman or James Cordon or any other shows, he just has that ‘it’ factor.  Top that with his deep down kindness to all, well he IS one of the Good Guys! Read his books for great fun and to get to know him a bit. You won’t be disappointed.

How do we enjoy our past without looking back with envy for where we were, what we had? I’m not sure, but I plan to find out.  Remember Lot’s wife?  She looked back and she became a pillar of salt, frozen in time.

GotQuestions.org tells us The Hebrew for “pillar” refers to a garrison or a deputy, that is, something set to watch over something else. The image of Lot’s wife standing watch over the Dead Sea area—where to this day no life can exist—is a poignant reminder to us not to look back or turn back from the profession of faith we have made, but to follow Christ without hesitation and abide in His love (Luke 17:32).

Every.single.time. I do what is right God covers me.  It may not be how I choose at the time but thankfully is revealed to me later on.

So, how do you move on?  How do I move on?  With no desire to be a pillar of salt, let’s explore this, shall we?

My next posts will be to explore moving on with you.  Painful, but necessary.

  1. FACE your feelings.
  2. Acknowledge how important the times were.
  3. FACE why they are/were so important.
  4. SAY it out loud to a friend, someone who loved you then, loves you now.
  5. FORGIVE yourself.
  6. CHANGE your thinking.
  7. Change what you SAY, read, watch and discuss.
  8. Discover what you love most.
  9. Find your Center; your peace.
  10. What are you hungry for?

Look forward to your thoughts, and any ideas you can share about your journey to the center.

PEACE.

 


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Odean Floyd Reynolds

Odean Floyd Reynolds

Mr. and Mrs. George Reynolds

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Beloved Odean Floyd Reynolds left for Heaven Saturday evening, August 12, 2017, to be with her husband, George Marvin Reynolds, Jr.

Odean was born to parents Charles Milwee Floyd and Ellie Mae Westbrook Floyd May 8, 1920. She joined brother Elmer, and with family welcomed sister Eva in 1925.

She attended Nashville Public Schools, Odean Floyd graduated from Harding University with a degree in business.

Odean taught school in Delight, Arkansas before working in Hope, Arkansas for The Proving Grounds, where Bombs were inspected during WWII.

George’s sister, Josie Dee introduced him to Odean Floyd, and they married March 8, 1952, in Little Rock, Arkansas. They remained married until his death in 1999. 

Little Rock, Arkansas became her home, and she worked with Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration until her retirement. 

Family she leaves behind include Marvine Reynolds Ely of North Little Rock, Arkansas; Cousin, Gerald Littlefield; Along with her nieces and nephews: Ella Mae Reese; JoAnn Walters; Brenda McClain; Cleon Green; Dee Ann Howell; Gary Robinson; Becky Taylor; Floyd Green; Marion Greene; Alan Green; John Curtis and LaDonna Curtis.

.Odean’s funeral was August 15, in Nashville, Arkansas.

Burial was August 16th, 11:30 AM Oak Grove Cemetery in Conway, Arkansas. John Gibson, of Windsong church of Christ officiated.

In place of flowers, the family asks contributions be made to the Sunset church of Christ Library or The Starnes Family Mission Fund.

Contribute to Sunset Library by mailing a check to Sunset church of Christ, 1420 West Sunset Street, Nashville, AR 71852 or calling 870.845.1824.

The Starnes Family is bringing the gospel of Jesus Christ to the people in Olomouc, Czech Republic. They’re formally with were formerly Robinson and Center Street church of Christ. Donations may be made by mailing to Winnsboro church of Christ, PO Box 541, Winnsboro, TX 75494 or visiting www.starnesinolomouc.com/support.

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

Odean Floyd Reynolds loved her Lord, and we are eternally blessed by her life.

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