Into The Wild: Frozen in Time with Jack Hanna

Jack and Suzi Hanna with Julie

Hanna fam
Jack and Suzi 
Jack and Suzi


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. 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.



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Rule #7 Knowing When To Cut Ties

It is SO hard.  I didn’t do it lightly.  Sitting in church, I knew I had to leave or would break into tears.  So, I left.  I was not doing this ‘cutting of my ties’ well at all.

There are seasons for everything, loyal, I never want friends, family – anyone to feel  disposable because of something I say or do. Interestingly, I couldn’t really see it then, but it was me that was being discarded!

Knowing I would miss some of the group more than others, they were a big part of my move to Nashville. But I wouldn’t miss this mean-spiritedness I sometimes witnessed and worse, participated one time too many.

I had no choice to cut ties if I wanted my life to be in tune with my heart.  It just hurt so much.

Have you ever left someone behind?  Did you find it as difficult?

Luckily, I found comfort and guidance from Cindy and Bobby Harrington.  He’s now a minister in Tennessee, and I credit Bobby with teaching me how to pray.  Their gift of Authentic Grace, friendship is unsurpassed.

Bobby and Cindy

Truly Authentic Grace exhausts  every single avenue to solve relationship issues, however they must be played out.

At one point in my life — sometimes my mouth got/still gets the better of me — in front of a family member I said *^&*()*.  From that time, more than two years ago, this person  has refused to be in the same room with me despite my apologies.

We have no control of another’s decisions about forgiveness.

When something like that happens, to be at peace, we must know we’ve done our best to do what is right.

Painful as it may be, there is a plan for all of us. Not everyone follows our script, or has our same beliefs.  But if we cannot get along, face one another and discuss our differences and compromise, how can we expect our leaders to do the same?

I do not want one act, one mistake to define me, nor do I want to define you by one  mistake.  That’s why face-to-face is always good with any misunderstanding.  Without face-to-face we miss being able to ‘listen’ to another with our ‘eyes’……Our eyes are the windows to our soul and it’s only then we know The Heart of the Matter.

Everything begins with us.  Everything.  That is why our own Authentic Grace is paramount to our well-being.
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