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In past blog series, I often asked about "recommended podcasts/ books." My friend Tom had recommended the "Rich Roll" podcast, and I was listening to an amazing podcast episode recently, with Rich Roll and his guest Terry Crews, on strength through vulnerability, true power, and transformation.

I write a lot about creativity, the arts, and faith, and Terry shares a lot about his childhood and his own creative gifts. I believe we are all born with gifts. Unfortunately, many parents, teachers, religious leaders, peers, etc... do not support or encourage an individual's innate gifts, especially when these gifts are in the arts and of a creative nature. Terry was blessed to have an art teacher who not only saw and recognized his artistic talents and gifts, but also shined a light on them; supported, and then took impressive action to make sure that Terry got on a path to manifest those gifts.







I do believe that ultimately, creative gifts and talents do bear fruit and come to fruition, sometimes sooner, and sometimes later in life.. It is indeed clear that we are not to "hide" creative gifts. People are placed in our lives and on our paths to remind us and encourage us to nurture, and to find joy in our innate talents and gifts. Sometimes it is earlier in life, as was the case with Terry, and sometimes it is later in life.

Life is indeed a journey! It is always in the being and becoming, that we find the deeper wisdom of our own uniqueness and path.






Terry goes on to share a lot about his personal as well as professional challenges and struggles. I am sure that many can indeed take away and learn a thing or two, from this podcast episode..

Some of the many topics Terry and Rich chat about:

• Faith and Action

• Intimacy and Connection

• Gratitude, Peace, and Acceptance

• Artists as Idealists

• Addictions - they work, until they stop working

• The Serenity Prayer

• Service and Rabindranath Tagore's quote about service.(below)

• Terry's profound quote on "being" - "In order to have, just do, and in order to do, must be."









The full interview:

Terry Crews On Healthy Masculinity, Strength Through Vulnerability & True Power | Rich Roll

Rabindranath Tagore - "I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted

and behold, service was joy."

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Those who read my blog, know that I write a lot about creativity and the arts.

In a previous blog post, I mentioned an interview that Kirk Carmeron did with Matthew West on the show "Takeaways," and in this interview Mr. West so eloquently said that it is “his job as a songwriter to extract the hope from what looks like a hopeless situation.” He makes the point that the world holds up some of the “so called role models and they are lifting up a different message.” Our world is “desperate for hope and is trying to find it in all the wrong places.”






I was listening to one of my favorite podcasts, "Sadie Robertson's WHOA That's Good," and she has an amazing episode with Luke and Joel of King & Country - the title is "You Don't Have to Be Who Others Say you Are." (podcast link below)

Like Matthew West, they also talk about the importance of being "hope-filled." As Luke shares, "for creatives, it does take discipline to show up," and it is in creativity that one can see the "modern version of miracles."

They go on to chat about how important it is "to be anchored in who you are," and not to become who "others tell you that you are."






Other topics they chat about include: how computers can only control what you tell it to, and how music can impact the soul. They chat a bit about "monday moments," the importance of commitment and dedication, as well as the importance of a team.





Be sure to check out the interview, as well as King & Country's songs "Together" and "God Only Knows."


for KING & COUNTRY - TOGETHER (feat. Kirk Franklin & Tori Kelly) [Official Music Video] - Bing video

"God Only Knows":

for KING & COUNTRY - God Only Knows Lyric Video - Bing video

For the full podcast interview, please see below link:

WHOA That's Good Podcast | iHeart





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“Simplicity is the final achievement. After one has played a vast quantity of notes and more notes, it is simplicity that emerges as the crowning reward of art.” - Frédéric Chopin

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