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Best thing I do

By day, and by mind, my friend Joe is a high school counselor. It’s clear that he really enjoys helping young people find their way. And the lifestyle’s not bad, either. Set hours five days a week, summer vacations, etc. He’ll tell you the job is swell.

By night, and by heart, he’s a musician. The guy could play his guitar and sing all day and night. He and a friend are Jay & Joe, and besides recently completing their second original album, they most often cover tons of everyone’s favorite music. And they do it pretty well.

A few months ago I went to one of their gigs at bar near Boston, and they had the whole place rocking. Family, friends, girls, and guys dancing and singing, all having a great time. I was fascinated as I am when anyone performs music or does anything else that moves people to forget their day of drudgery at work that was tolerable at best. And boy did Joe have a rush!

One time I interrupted his day job and got him talking about his music. Didn’t take a second for his eyes to light up. He was almost stuttering he was so excited. And then he blurted out something that summed up all the greatness he was failing to describe.

"It’s the best thing I do."

We should all have a "best thing I do." Sadly, it seems like fewer people have one than don’t.

What’s your "best thing I do"? Why don’t you do it more? And if you don’t have one, why don’t you get one?
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Jay & Joe play in Newport next Saturday. If you’ll be there, too, click here for details.

Posted by Ian Ybarra on 15 August 2005

Comments

My business fits that description for me. Does that make me lucky? Or is "insane" the better word? :)

Posted by: Matt at August 16, 2005 03:37 AM

Matt, I'd say you're lucky to be "insane."

Posted by: Ian Ybarra at August 16, 2005 01:31 PM

Crafts. I looove crafts. In the grand scheme of things, I'm no Martha Stewart, but I like to think I'm reasonably good at that sort of thing, and the perfectionist in me usually means that things turn out well.

Right now I'm studying...things. Maybe I'll major in biology, or become an engineer, who knows. All I think about is working until I have enough saved so I can retire....and do crafts all day.

Posted by: Lily at August 21, 2005 05:07 PM