The Resolution Will Not Be Televised

I’m told I’m an extraordinarily quiet person.  I’ve always been that way.  Even as teen, I wore headphones to listen to loud music.  I still do.  I think it’s one of the benefits of being a city kid.  In a compact city, for good or ill, your actions effect, or even affect, others immediately.  And, vice versa.

Sometimes, I was so quiet that grown ups would forget I was there.  Awesome.  It was like getting a sneak peak at adult life.  I remember my Mom and her friends sitting around the stereo listening to Gil Scott Heron’s song, The Revolution Will Not Be Televised.  It seemed important.  Words like “deep” were used a lot.


Years later, I had a chance to see an interview with the late Mr Heron explaining the meaning behind the title.

“That was about the fact that the first change that takes place is in your mind, before you change the way you live and the way you move”

Doesn’t that just say it all?  I wish more music today had such a positive meaning or thought provoking lyrics.  I’m bringing sexy back….BLAH!

This time of year, I see more joggers in the Panhandle, more people in the weight rooms, more students on the mat.  By the end of winter, it’s less crowded.  Then a resurgence in the Spring, as people get ready for “bikini season”.


I’ve never made New Year’s resolutions.  January 1 is an arbitrary date.  I can easily change something about myself or start something new on April 3 or August 12.  But, if flipping that calendar page gets you up an moving, remember that there’s another opportunity on Feb 1, March 1, etc to flip a page and keep it going.

You already know that “first change that takes place is in your mind”.  And, that’s the toughest change of all.

The revolution will not make you look five pounds
thinner, because the revolution will not be televised, Brother.

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