You might remember when I wrote about getting out of my comfort zone and trying something different. How I spoke of moving way out of that proverbial box to do the repair on my truck’s engine. Well recently we had our first significant snow storm. It was about 4″ and a bit slushy. I was able to drive my truck with no problems. If you read the repair posts, I spoke of how I couldn’t drive my truck in this type of whether before the repair and new tires because the idle was so high it felt quite dangerous to drive. Maybe I should talk about this in its own post. I like that idea…well, I digress.

Back to jumping out of the box. I got an big sense of accomplishment doing the truck repair and it gave me that same feeling that I get after doing the Crim 10 mile race or a half marathon. That if I put my mind to something that I have interest in, I can do just about anything. So I asked myself, self, what would I like to do next? The answer was, learn to play a guitar. I figured that would be nice to do. I’ve had a guitar of some sort since I was a kid, but I’ve never taken the time or put in the effort to learn how to play. At this point, I would just love to be able to play a few short songs and strum along and sound rather nice, well at least to me.

Years ago, I had a decent electric guitar, but sold it to a relative at a garage sale. I’ve regretted it ever since. I’ve always wanted an acoustic guitar, so one day, while shopping at one of my favorite stores, Goodwill, wink, wink, I saw an acoustic guitar in a hard case. It was a Yamaha and looked to be in good condition. It was $30.00, my type of price. I bought it and came home with it and hadn’t done anything since for the most part. As this new feeling or desire to play came about, I took the guitar out cleaned it off a bit and tried strumming. I wanted to do more than I’d done in the past, so I ordered an electronic tuner. The guitar had a tuning fork and I had a pitch pipe, but it never seemed to sound very good. After getting the tuner, I was amazed how out of tune the guitar was and how good it sounded when it was done correctly.

Tune in next time and find out what I’ve learned about this Goodwill guitar find.

Always Remember…You don’t have permission to Quit.

Jeffrey Washington

As a man I have to admit this is not easy to admit. To some extent I’ve felt over the years that Oprah and her show were geared so much towards women that it has always felt strange to get anything out of her show or more recently these lessons. I’ll tell you how we got here.

I’ve been watching these classes with my wife Amy. The shows come on five times a week, which seems like a lot. In addition to these days, on Friday, they have a live Web Cast that lasts for about 2 hours or so. I asked myself when these classes started if I wanted to watch them. The answer was yes. It brought me to an early chapter in Sidney Poitier’s book, The Measure of a Man. He wrote about scanning through the channels on his television looking for something worthwhile to watch. He used the clicker and scans through the channels a couple of times before he stops and asks himself, “What am I doing with my time?” He spoke of having intriguing people as close as a phone call and experiences even closer that he loved to do, but there he was punching the clicker looking for something on the tube.

I asked myself the same question with Oprah Winfrey’s show, Life Class. I,  like many,  waste a lot of time watching network television and come away from most of it with an empty feeling. Does it really, the television we watch, enhance our lives. Sure there are some shows that make you feel great after watching them but they are few and far between. Lately I’ve been more inclined to watch  television as if most of it is On Demand. I either pick a movie that has impacted me in some way or watch a few shows that seem to add something to my life. Oprah’s Life Class appears to do that. She is primarily just talking to us, the audience just like we are students or friends. She discusses many interesting topics and I would encourage you to check out her classes on the OWN channel. Check your local listings of course.


Always Remember…you never have permission to Quit.



Jeffrey Washington


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