"Anxiety in a man's heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad." -Proverbs 12:25

"Anxiety in a man's heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad." -Proverbs 12:25
Midnight Blue (1963): Jazz guitarist Kenny Burrell featuring Stanley Turrentine on tenor saxophone, Major Holley on double bass, Bill English on drums and Ray Barretto on conga. Midnight Blue is one of Burrell’s best-known works for Blue Note Records. In 2005, NPR included the album in its "Basic Jazz Library", describing it as "one of the great jazzy blues records".

He said, She said...

"You are not designed for everyone to like you - Wise Man Phil

FRAGILE: Sting, Yo Yo Ma, Dominic Miller & Chris Botti

Monday, August 30, 2010

Bucket List...

Dreams: an aspiration; goal; aim: A trip to Europe is his dream. 

As my children will tell you I'm a big fan of having goals and writing those goals down. They will tell you that they will never happen if you don't write them down. We all have dreams but most of the time our dreams become fantasies because we don't write them down. When we write down our dreams in the form of goals they become our vision for our future.

Get the theme here...write them down. Write your goals down.

Companies, Institutions of higher learning and athletic teams all write down their goals and create mission statements for what they want to accomplish. We as adults and families should be no different. 

Habakkuk 2:2-3 (it's in the Old Testament after Nahum, before Zephaniah and on page 519 in my bible) states; "... write my answer in large, clear letters on a tablet, so that a runner can read it and tell everyone else. But these things I plan won't happen right away. Slowly, steadily, surely, the time approaches when the vision will be fulfilled. If it seems slow, wait patiently for it will surely take place. It will not be delayed."  

Dream big. Write them down. And with time they will come true. Be diligent and patient... you will not be disappointed.

Below is the email that I wrote to the programming director at Denison University for their campus radio station "91.1 - The Doobie". As you will see, and read, Denison can "help" me accomplish a goal, a dream if you will, that has long been on my personal "Bucket List". It was a dream that I made a goal when I put pen to pad.


My name is Shawn Bailey and I had the great pleasure of meeting Harry Brisson (2011 Denison University Class President...I didn't put this part in the letter...duh) last Thursday during the opening ceremonies for the class of 2014 at Denison University. The reason for our chance meeting was in part due to my speaking with someone in Student Affairs concerning my desire to fulfill a dream, goal or "a" crazy notion of wanting to play music on the radio airwaves. I love music and if you have seen the movie "Bucket List" with Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman you will find it easy to understand why it is important to have dreams/goals. Reason being, they often sustain us. Also, it is equally important to note the critical task one must accomplish in writing their "dreams" down in the form of goals for them to take shape and become a vision. Dreams that are not written down will just become fantasies. My "Bucket List" (dreams/goals) is far reaching, idiosyncratic in nature and personal. Some of my "dreams" are large and some are very small, but all of them are important to me. I might add that the goals I entertain that cost nothing and have no monetary value like starting a blog (writing a book someday... fingers are crossed). writing down weekly household/family victories, no matter how small, on a "chalk board" in our house for all to see and playing music on "The Doobie" are the most priceless in nature.

Finally, I want to thank you in advance for reading my email and hopefully contacting me concerning an opportunity to meet and to discuss. One "two hour" time slot in the middle of the week would be great. Also, if you would like to find more out about I feel free to check out my blog at I would also like to add, being at Denison last week was a wonderful moment for our entire family. When I went off to Wittenberg University in the fall of 1983 (Graduated in 1987) I had no idea how proud my parents felt... last week I found out just how proud they were. Most fathers have dreams of health, success and prosperity for their children... if Austin's (Stephen Austin Bailey) next four years are anything like the "opening ceremony" he is in for the ride of his life and an experience that he will carry with him for the rest of his days on this earth. At the end of the day, I do believe Denison will aid him in becoming healthy, successful and prosperous. Thanks again for your time and I look forward to speaking with you in the near future. 


...After I read the email to my wife she asks me if I was trying to get into Denison or if I just wanted to play some songs on the radio for a couple of hours?  "You're a little much" , she said. Funny...she has a point. But that's why you married me babe... that's why you married me!

sbb  30.8.2010   (Dream weaver . Gary Wright) . 809

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