One String Guitar

It’s 2007, and I had just moved to a new house. I am a year and a half settled in Colorado, and my family was finally adjusted to a new state. Good friends had been made, kids were in a good school and, despite some hardship from not selling our previous home, we were happy. Then I got fired. Getting fired sure sucks, and I absolutely recommend it. Thankfully, I’ve only experienced it once, but the lessons learned have been invaluable. So, if you’ve never been fired, listen up. If you have, you might find yourself nodding along as I share a few of those lessons.


Anger is a powerful emotion. It can destroy us in seconds and empower us for a lifetime. I’ve learned, mostly the hard way, that anger is not a bad thing. It is an emotion and a gift. We need anger in this life - to protect our families, to fuel action, to take a stand for what we believe. Without anger, evil prevails. Without anger, relationships die. Without anger, people get stuck. Through the lens of my faith, I am commanded to be angry and yet not sin.


Life demands taking risks. We cannot avoid it. If we want to grow, we must take risks. If we choose to play it safe, we will be the same person at 80 that we were at 20. That is a sad life, and I want nothing of it. Taking risk means bearing a cost. That cost can be financial, emotional, physical and more. Rest assured, though, there is always a cost. When we accept that, we are better positioned to take risks. When we take risks, we open the door for renewal and regenerative action.


I can do a lot with a little. After getting fired, I went right to work, literally. I applied for and accepted multiple PT jobs in that season for a lot of reasons, but mostly to keep money coming in and keep my body going out and working. Nothing good could have come from sitting at home and sulking. And, that season forced us as a family to minimalism, one of the greatest choices we have ever made. I have half the possessions at 45 that I had at 25. There are far too many blessings to digest from that in this post.

It’s that third lesson that showed up for me this past weekend when I stumbled on a video of a guy playing the Pirates of the Caribbean theme song…on a single string guitar. Having played guitar for 20 years, I greatly appreciate the artistry this takes to pull off. And, it reminded me that we can do much, with little. If you want to see this in action, head HERE.

I have been challenged recently with launching a 100 Day Challenge with one of my clients. I made the choice to run with the challenge on two fronts - one For Self commitment and one For Others commitment. One week in, I can say I am grateful for the reminder that I can do much, with little. And that one string guitar hero is an inspiration to keep it that way.

In what ways can you do much, with little? How might this show up this week in your personal or work life? How can you inspire others to do the same?

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