the tao of willie ~ by mary parks

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Some of my best childhood memories involve long car trips with my parents. The music is what I remember most and, luckily for me, there was always plenty of Willie Nelson. “On the Road Again”, “Poncho and Lefty”, “My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys”: all classics songs from my personal soundtrack that no one is going to take away from me.

So,when Willie came out with a book a few years ago, I naturally took notice. Here are a few snippets, with apologies to the editors of Oprah magazine:

On fate: “Sixty years ago, if I’d had the opportunity to lay out my life just the way I wanted it to happen – whatever I would have planned would have paled in comparison with what’s actually happened. All I can say is, fortunately, I wasn’t in control.”

On raising pigs and working in the music industry: “I learned invaluable lessons in Nashville that apply to both farming and show business: Do not corner something you know is meaner than you; keep skunks of all kinds at a distance; if you forgive your enemies, it messes up their heads. (I never met a pig or a record executive worth holding a grudge over anyway.)”

On happiness: “If you consider all the people you know who seem truly happy, there is likely to be one trait – one essential perspective on life – that each of these happy people share . . .It is the word now. It is the understanding that happiness exists at just one time. And that time is now.”

Thanks so much Mary! What a fun post!


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  4 comments for “the tao of willie ~ by mary parks

  1. July 3, 2011 at 11:10 am

    Cool article, Mary. Willie is definitely one laid-back dude.
    Some more interesting stuff about him over at Wikipedia:

    “Nelson wrote his first song at age seven…

  2. Melissa
    July 3, 2011 at 11:52 pm

    thanks for commenting J!

  3. Kimber Dunn
    July 12, 2011 at 12:57 pm

    I’m not really a fan of his music, but Willie’s attitudes, lifestyle and the story of his life along the way is completely captivating! I love hearing his voice when he talks in movies & interviews & such. Some of his music sticks with me from the old days, but not typically a twang fan. But I certainly appreciate the man and the talent that is there!!

    • Melissa
      July 12, 2011 at 1:20 pm

      Thanks Kimber! 🙂

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