My pal Liz sent this clip to me recently. I am not a fan of the vote-for-your-favorite-talent-on-the-telley genre; if you are, you may already know part of the story, but stay with me 'til the end. And even if you know all the story, IMO it's worth revisiting.
This was the only embedd-able version I could find, so don't mind the graphics. It's about 5.5 minutes long; please watch it all the way through, then continue reading.
This really moved me but it was the usually snarky Simon's question at the end that really hit me hard. How many years has she been waiting to do this? You could hear a pin drop when she answered.
Because I don't follow any of this stuff, I wanted to find out more and share it, so straight to YouTube I went and typed in Janey Cutler.
What was the first thing that popped up? Janey Cutler died.
Yes, apparently the clip Liz sent me was from 2010, and Mrs. Cutler, after what her kids call probably the most fun year and a half of her life, passed away in her sleep earlier last year.
Which makes Simon's question--how many years have you been waiting to do this?--all the more poignant.
We all have our own version of greatness in us, at our reach. What do we let stand in our way, and keep us in an unhappy place? Relationships, bad habits, material goods? Grudges, fears or regrets? What are we waiting for?
Talk of resolutions and sweeping changes usually reaches a fever pitch right about now, but truth is, ANY day, EVERY day, can be a new beginning. Whenever your time is right, be grateful for the grace of recognizing it, and get going.
Just don't let your best song stay unsung.