The guy with the “golden” voice

Ted Williams, the Man with the Golden Voice
Ted Williams. Great story. As far as we know.

Ninety percent of me likes this story.

That 10% is nothing to sweep under a rug, though.

On one hand, we’ve got a guy who had a career, loved it as far as we know, did well with it as far as we know, until the dark corners of life beckoned to him, he answered, and it all spiraled downward from there. And yet, after living out on the streets for some time, he’s found his way back.

Second chance. Redemption. Hooray. As far as we know.

But man, he sure frittered away that first chance on his own. I mean, utterly packed it in, leaving family and friends in the rear-view mirror. Way, way on back in the distance. Abandoned. And who knows, maybe there were some other second chances thrown in there that we don’t know about?

I’m not here to rain on the parade. If I had his pipes, I’d hope they’d get me back in the game. Given the line of work I’ve chosen, I’d have to be pretty creative to think of ways to catch the attention of passers-by.

But here’s my takeaway lesson from this Ted Williams story:

Make the most of your first chances.

Step back frequently — Sundays are my day for this — and take stock. Appreciate. Be grateful for whom and what you have in life.

And for crying out loud, make time for serving other people once in awhile so you can shake off the narcissism that seems to creep up on nearly all of us. I don’t mean serve them professionally, I mean on a personal level.

What do you think about this?

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