There are times when all we need is someone to say to us “You can do it” to give us hope in our future. Some times it takes one person to support us to trust our own possibility. Two such situations come together this week
The words “Just write it down and figure out the how and why” were some very wise words for me many years ago. They were said by Jeanne Loehnis and they referred to a discussion we were having about songwriting while at the concert of a mutual friend. Even more interesting was that she and I did not know each other, yet she shared with me a “secret” to success. Jeanne was selling the performers CDs and I was signing with her. I did as she suggested and filed the words away. I remembered her name, yet not her face; usually I recognize and face and can’t remember the name. Jeanne and I have chatted at other events we attended together and songwriting came up and spirituality came up and we had good conversations. Several years another singer/songwriter told me about Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) and suggested I join to learn how to write correctly. I didn’t do much with either person’s advice for several years. I finally joined NSAI just nearly three years ago, have written several songs since–alone and with co-writers. In the meantime, Jeanne and I attended another event where she said something about remembering me as the person who signed and I was not able to place her, even when she gave me her name. Then we were in a church service together and it all fell into place. I went to the service because our mutual friend was there and because Jeanne was going to be singing some of her music. As I heard our friend say something about Jeanne helping people, and I remembered those words. When I got up to sign a song with our mutual friend during the concert that followed the service, I was compelled to share with those present what an impact Jeanne had had on my life. A couple years later, Jeanne slowly changed her life to become a life coach.
Today I get to take on another project because someone believed I could do it. Jan Revell has been sick for several weeks and last week I volunteered to host Purpose Talk Radio, well something deep inside of me did that.