CONNECTING …by Chuck Kelley
Years ago, I was a lyricist for a popular, Southern blues band out of Ft Worth, Texas. I wrote the words, they added the music. One day, I was writing a new song in the back room at the music shop where the lead singer/ guitarist worked, when a rather scruffy looking, rough and tumble, cowboy and his female companion quietly entered. After looking around awhile, he came to the back room and asked permission to play one of the grand pianos that was on display. Everything about this guy seemed out of sync…unusual, (potential Audacious One material???). To my surprise, his permission was happily granted and I detected an intense energy shift in the singer/guitarist. I didn’t know what was about to happen, but I knew it was going to be powerful, so I went out front to watch.

The cowboy settled himself behind a beautiful grand piano, slowly took in a deep breath, and then began playing the song, “Georgia on my Mind”. I was instantly and completely drawn in. There was something more to his playing than I had ever heard or experienced before. I was hypnotized. The moment he began to sing the words, I was irresistibly transfixed and transformed. Here I was a 6’2”, 240 pound, ex-middle linebacker…wholly moved to uncontrollable tears. There was absolutely no, as in ZERO, separation of the man, the music, the words…He was the music, He was the words and even more so, He embodied the meaning of each word, He caused the vibration which created each note and together the three united into ONE. I was profoundly moved and it was his connection that created the force that moved me. I will never forget that experience. Each time I recall it, the effects are the same.
That was my introduction to the power of connecting.

Powerful performances, great historic speeches and quotes from The Great Ones have very little to do with the actual words spoken or actions taken. It is the individual’s connection to those things and more specifically, their connection to the value behind the words and the valor which fuels actions that move us. When we break it down, words and actions are empty without connection and the more encompassed the connection, the stronger the impact and the more we are moved.

When we truly connect; Time seems to change, it slows down or at least it seems as if we have more time to Be within each moment, and we are Responding in harmony, rather than reacting after the beat, and we find that we are fully participating in the Present Moment. It is our connection to our words and actions and what they represent that move us, and we in turn, move others. Connect, Connect, Connect.

Chuck Kelley
Since his early teens, Chuck Kelley has tried to understand what makes us tick. Having had a troubled youth, he sought anything and everything that might assist him in getting his life together. Feeling universally misunderstood, he was determined to understand our nature and find some peace in his heart. Wanting to fit in while believing that he was totally unacceptable, he spent the majority of his life trying to become who and what he was not. The successes in business, the restaurants, the food manufacturing companies and all the other businesses he owned and operated, meant little to nothing to him because his accomplishments felt small when compared to certain others'. He felt that he was cursed to living a life of not being enough. Over the past forty plus years, Chuck has read practically every self help book, taken practically every self help course and tried an equal amount of self help programs. Along the way he has become certified in practically everything that hints of personal development, such as; Life Coaching, Neuro-Linguistic Programming and Hypnosis. In short, he is a walking, talking self-help clearinghouse. Now, he shares the things that work universally and he leaves out the rest. Having discovered that perfection is unattainable, and acceptance is subjective, he continues his research into every field that may lend insights into how to be more comfortable in our own skin and thrive in life. Embracing and openly admitting his perfectly perfect imperfections, "Because that's how I roll", has brought him more freedom than a massive trust fund. His wish is to save others the time, trouble and the wear and tear.
Chuck Kelley

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