Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Thanksgiving Blessings

May you discover God's blessings in life and may you be thankful for family, friends, faith and freedom.

Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving filled with love and hope.
Texas Fanilow

Sunday, November 11, 2007

All the wasted time...

You know how it goes. You think when you're young that you have your whole life ahead of you. You have dreams and you have goals. You plan things out the best you can and then you wake up one morning at 40, 50 or 60 and ask yourself where has the time gone? What happened to those years and are there enough left to find the dreams that you might have lost along the way?

My answer: it's never too late. I read a story once of a woman who received her law degree at 75. It was something she had always wanted to do. So after her kids were grown and her husband passed away, she went back to school. It took her ten years, but at 75 she walked across that stage at Harvard to a standing ovation. Now that's the kind of perserverance I want to have.

For many of us in the world of Manilow, those dreams include the 90 minutes of joy we get after listening to the "dreamer" himself. As he so aptly puts it.."what a life!" He inspires us to go for it and to not regret a single moment of the time we have left.

"All the time, all the wasted time... all the years, just waiting for a sign. To think I had it all. All the time." I'm not going to waste another moment of this life I've been given. I have dreams and I'm grabbing hold of them and "spreading my wings". After all, "with all there is, why settle for just a piece of sky?"

Carpe Diem,
Texas Fanilow

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Stop hollering at each other!

In a recent radio interview Barry was asked what his Christmas wish would be. He answered quite simply, "that everyone would stop hollering at each other". Leave it to "our man" to sum it all up in a nutshell. It happens in all walks of life from homes, to schools, to work, to the government, to our country and to the world.

So that's MY grown up Christmas wish today. A bit early...but timely. Let's all take a moment and listen to what the other person has to say. Who knows, you might just discover that what they say makes sense. And you might also find that you have much more in common with them than you think.

"No more lives torn apart, that wars would never start....this is my grown up Christmas wish."

Hoping they stop hollering someday,
Texas Fanilow

Monday, November 5, 2007

When you think you don't matter

Feeling insignificant is one of life's battles. Especially if you love and your love is never returned. If you give of yourself to someone and those feelings are ignored, discarded or betrayed its easy to feel like you don't matter.

But nothing could be further from the truth. We all matter to someone. And for many of us, there is more than one. It's sad "when people can be so cold, they'll hurt you, and desert you, they'll take your soul if you let them." Even though our lives may be filled with these type of people, it doesn't mean that you don't matter. You may be hurting. You may feel down and defeated. You may feel like giving up and throwing in the towel on love.

"Don't you let them....Just call out my name and you know wherever I am I'll come running....Close your eyes and think of me and soon I will be brighten up even your darkest night."

When you think you don't've got a friend and you matter to me.
Texas Fanilow
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