May 23, 2012

George Harrison and Ringo Starr - It Don't come Easy

 “It Don’t Come Easy”.
George Harrison is singing on this version, but it seems that Ringo wrote it
True, things don’t come easy, but music helps me a lot!

According to the You Tube site:
“The song is credited to Ringo, however, he himself claimed on VH1 Storytellers that it was co-written with George.”

More on The Beatles in no particular order:

The Beatles: Good News For Fans This week

Paul McCartney: Destiny Game Song "Hope For The Future"

Beatles Lyrics Reveal Enduring Words Of Love And Life

Glyn Johns: Defining That Classic-Rock Sound

The Traveling Wilburys: Their History

George Harrison and The Bee Gees To Receive Recording Academy Honors

John Lennon or Paul McCartney? Matt Schichter Documentary Offers 550 Answers

Sir Paul McCartney To Induct Ringo Starr Into Hall Of Fame

 Penny Lane: Original On The Block, Minus The Fanfare

The Three Lennon-McCartney Hits That Went to No. 1 Without Lennon or McCartney 
Lost Beatles US Concert Movie Blocked From Release

The Who Release First Song In 8 Years: Be Lucky 

 Beatles’ First Recording Contract to Be Auctioned For An Estimated $150,000

The Beatles 1 To Be Reissued With 50 Videos

John Lennon Born 75 Years Ago Today 

John Lennon's Long-Lost Gibson J-160E Guitar Sells for Record $2.4 Million

George Harrison's Catalogue Is Now Streaming  

Ringo Starr Reflects On His 35 Year Marriage

George Harrison: Tribute GeorgeFest Is Coming

John Lennon's Rock 'n' Roll Album - Update: Vale Sir George Martin

The Beatles Anthology: Streaming Now.

Unseen Beatles Footage Released

George Harrison - This is Love

Traveling Wilburys To Travel Into New Territory - Streaming

Celebrating The Beatles' Revolver 50 Years On

The Beatles 'Love' And Cirque du Soleil

May 16, 2012

Fifteen Things You Should Give Up To Be Happy


Here is a list of 15 things which, if you give up on them, will make your life a lot easier and much, much happier. We hold on to so many things that cause us a great deal of pain, stress and suffering – and instead of letting them all go, instead of allowing ourselves to be stress free and happy – we cling on to them. Not anymore. Starting today we will give up on all those things that no longer serve us, and we will embrace change. Ready? Here we go:
1. Give up your need to always be right
There are so many of us who can’t stand the idea of being wrong – wanting to always be right – even at the risk of ending great relationships or causing a great deal of stress and pain, for us and for others. It’s just not worth it. Whenever you feel the ‘urgent’ need to jump into a fight over who is right and who is wrong, ask yourself this question: “Would I rather be right, or would I rather be kind?” Wayne Dyer. What difference will that make? Is your ego really that big?
2. Give up your need for control
Be willing to give up your need to always control everything that happens to you and around you – situations, events, people, etc. Whether they are loved ones, coworkers, or just strangers you meet on the street – just allow them to be. Allow everything and everyone to be just as they are and you will see how much better will that make you feel.

“By letting it go it all gets done. The world is won by those who let it go. But when you try and try. The world is beyond winning.” Lao Tzu
3. Give up on blame
Give up on your need to blame others for what you have or don’t have, for what you feel or don’t feel. Stop giving your powers away and start taking responsibility for your life.
4. Give up your self-defeating self-talk
Oh my. How many people are hurting themselves because of their negative, polluted and repetitive self-defeating mindset? Don’t believe everything that your mind is telling you – especially if it’s negative and self-defeating. You are better than that.
“The mind is a superb instrument if used rightly. Used wrongly, however, it becomes very destructive.” Eckhart Tolle
5. Give up your limiting beliefs
about what you can or cannot do, about what is possible or impossible. From now on, you are no longer going to allow your limiting beliefs to keep you stuck in the wrong place. Spread your wings and fly!
“A belief is not an idea held by the mind, it is an idea that holds the mind” Elly Roselle
6. Give up complaining
Give up your constant need to complain about those many, many, many things – people, situations, events that make you unhappy, sad and depressed. Nobody can make you unhappy, no situation can make you sad or miserable unless you allow it to. It’s not the situation that triggers those feelings in you, but how you choose to look at it. Never underestimate the power of positive thinking.
7. Give up the luxury of criticism
Give up your need to criticize things, events or people that are different than you. We are all different, yet we are all the same. We all want to be happy, we all want to love and be loved and we all want to be understood. We all want something, and something is wished by us all.
8. Give up your need to impress others
Stop trying so hard to be something that you’re not just to make others like you. It doesn’t work this way. The moment you stop trying so hard to be something that you’re not, the moment you take off all your masks, the moment you accept and embrace the real you, you will find people will be drawn to you, effortlessly.
9. Give up your resistance to change
Change is good. Change will help you move from A to B. Change will help you make improvements in your life and also the lives of those around you. Follow your bliss, embrace change – don’t resist it.
“Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors for you where there were only walls”
Joseph Campbell
10. Give up labels
Stop labelling those things, people or events that you don’t understand as being weird or different and try opening your mind, little by little. Minds only work when open. “The highest form of ignorance is when you reject something you don’t know anything about.” Wayne Dyer
11. Give up on your fears
Fear is just an illusion, it doesn’t exist – you created it. It’s all in your mind. Correct the inside and the outside will fall into place.
“The only thing we have to fear, is fear itself.”
Franklin D. Roosevelt
12. Give up your excuses
Send them packing and tell them they’re fired. You no longer need them. A lot of times we limit ourselves because of the many excuses we use. Instead of growing and working on improving ourselves and our lives, we get stuck, lying to ourselves, using all kind of excuses – excuses that 99.9% of the time are not even real.
13. Give up the past
I know, I know. It’s hard. Especially when the past looks so much better than the present and the future looks so frightening, but you have to take into consideration the fact that the present moment is all you have and all you will ever have. The past you are now longing for – the past that you are now dreaming about – was ignored by you when it was present. Stop deluding yourself. Be present in everything you do and enjoy life. After all life is a journey not a destination. Have a clear vision for the future, prepare yourself, but always be present in the now.
14. Give up attachment
This is a concept that, for most of us is so hard to grasp and I have to tell you that it was for me too, (it still is) but it’s not something impossible. You get better and better at with time and practice. The moment you detach yourself from all things, (and that doesn’t mean you give up your love for them – because love and attachment have nothing to do with one another, attachment comes from a place of fear, while love… well, real love is pure, kind, and self less, where there is love there can’t be fear, and because of that, attachment and love cannot coexist) you become so peaceful, so tolerant, so kind, and so serene. You will get to a place where you will be able to understand all things without even trying. A state beyond words.
15. Give up living your life to other people’s expectations
Way too many people are living a life that is not theirs to live. They live their lives according to what others think is best for them, they live their lives according to what their parents think is best for them, to what their friends, their enemies and their teachers, their government and the media think is best for them. They ignore their inner voice, that inner calling. They are so busy with pleasing everybody, with living up to other people’s expectations, that they lose control over their lives. They forget what makes them happy, what they want, what they need….and eventually they forget about themselves. You have one life – this one right now – you must live it, own it, and especially don’t let other people’s opinions distract you from your path.

Spot on!

With many thanks to PurposeFairy
H/T: Jared

May 13, 2012

Sgt Reckless - The Real War Horse


Since time immemorial horses have played a big role in our lives from military feats and beasts of burden to racing – the “sport of kings”.
Without them there would have been no expansion of civilizations and major conquests in battle. And many have become famous as a result.

Think, for example, of Bucephalus – the horse of Alexander the Great. By the time Alexander had finished, his empire was a similar size to that of the Roman Empire.
The Conquistadors brought their horses from Spain to the New World and without them would not have wreaked such damage or colonized the Americas.
There are many examples of similar feats throughout history, and one can safely say the horse was a very important part of it. 

One just has to look at artworks to get an idea of this.
I particularly like the works of Frederick Remington.
His depiction of horses with Native Americans and cowboys are incredible! I considered myself very fortunate to be able to purchase a small bronze copy of “The Cheyenne” many years ago. The original would be priceless and no wonder! But I digress,,,,

I recently watched the movie “War Horse”. I liked it a lot, especially when compared to some of the movies that have been released recently.
Based on a novel the story is about WW1 where we see Albert, a young man who enlists, being parted from his horse Joey, who goes from one owner to another, on both sides, and them finally being re-united. 

Sgt Reckless did not participate in WW1 but in the Korean War with the US Marines, also known as Leathernecks since the time of Thomas Jefferson
The story is amazing and shows yet again that truth is stranger, or more inspiring, than fiction!
More about Sgt Reckless here and here.
Semper Fi!

Many thanks to Kevin P. for sending me the You Tube clip!

See also hero of WW1 dog Sergeant Stubby.


The Akhal-Teke Horse

Frederic Remington: The Man Who Helped Bring The West To Life