Like A Rolling Stone
In the summer of 1979 I was 14 years old and it was my job to repaint the windows on our house. This was no easy undertaking as I had to remove the windows, scrape off the old paint, sand the wood smooth, apply two coats of white paint and then carefully return the windows to their original place.
To make the job more enjoyable and to help pass the time, I would turn on the radio and sing along to the hits of the day. As chance would have it that summer they played a feature on the band, The Rolling Stones, and I remember how they talked about when the band was first trying to get a recording contract (in the early 60's) they auditioned in front of the record label executives.
The executives said they liked the band but recommended they get rid of the guy with the big lips. Well, as you know, that guy was Mick Jagger and with him as their front man the band has gone on to unparalleled success and nearly 50 years in the rock and roll arena and is considered by some to be the greatest rock and roll band of all time.
One of their big hits was a tune called "Satisfaction" and when I was 14 I liked the song because it had a cool guitar riff and was fun to sing along to. In fact, in 2004 Rolling Stone magazine placed "Satisfaction" in second spot on its list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
But have you ever looked closer at the word itself........ Satisfaction.
If you break it down you'll notice that the last 6 letters spell the word "a-c-t-i-o-n," and in Latin, the word satis means "enough." In other words if one creates "enough action" you ultimately produce satisfaction.
Ray Kroc, the founder of McDonald's Restaurant (perhaps you've heard of it), said, "There are three keys to success." "Being in the right place at the right time, knowing you are there, and taking Action."
Reminds me of the story about the man who goes to church and prays for God to give him a break and let him win the lottery. After not winning that week the man returns to church repeating his request that God give him a break and let him win the lottery. This time he adds that he has been kind to those around him, he's given up drinking, and has been really good overall.
A week later, still no richer, he returns to pray for a third time asking the same request for God to give him a break and let him win the lottery. This time the heavens open up and white light pours down on the man and a deep voice says, "My son, give me a break!" Buy a lottery ticket!"
So listen to the "Big Man,"
Or the man with "Big Lips,"
But take A-C-T-I-O-N to get your Satisfaction. Do it now!