Welcome to DORO – Pull Up a Chair
“Sometimes in our lives, we all have pain. We all have sorrow. But if we are wise, we know that there’s always tomorrow.” Bill Withers
The documentary “Still Bill” chronicles the life of extraordinary artist Bill Withers. If you need motivation or a push past an obstacle, this is the movie for you. There’s not a person in this country over 35 who doesn’t recognize the opening lyrics to his signature song, “Lean On Me‘ which was one of my grandmother’s favorites. We know he’s a remarkable singer, but did you know that he was a stutterer?
While growing up, Withers was teased by other children and embarrassed by his speech impediment so much so that the dropped out of school in the 9th grade and later enlisted in the U.S. Navy. The programs and assistance he received in the Navy helped him correct his speech which in turn gave him the confidence he needed to spend time with his first love – music. Finally, at 29 years old he decided to take his music seriously and began to write, perform and record. That gives new meaning to life starting at 30.
What if Withers had accepted that stuttering was his fate? It couldn’t have been easy to find his place on a ship as he dug deep down and worked diligently to address his speech issues. I’ve found that the issues that most concern me stand in the way of my progress. You gain a few pounds, worry about your hair, don’t feel you have the perfect style and find yourself quick to use those as excuses to sneak away to seclusion. But what happens to your talent? Are you hiding it under a bushel?
You may be trying to hide it, but an authentic dream will never leave you. The desires that you’ve tried to tuck away is ever present. It becomes pillow talk, reminding you each time that you lay down to sleep how much it remains a part of your spirit. Then you’ll find yourself daydreaming and wondering what it be like to spend every day doing what really makes you happy. I don’t believe that we’re given real, true dreams without the accompanying talent even when the obstacles to reach them seem insurmountable.
Today, honor your dreams and respect them. Find your motivation or inspiration and keep moving toward your goal – as Bill would say, toward your wonderful.
“It’s O.K. to head out for wonderful, but on your way to wonderful you’re going to have to pass through all right,” he says. And when you get to all right, take a good look around and get used to it because that may be as far as you’re going to go.” Bill Withers
It’s funny because Withers never, ever settled at all right. We won’t either.