Monday, November 1, 2021 - Wind in the Sails

I’m thinking about motivation today. I’m wondering where the gumption comes from that allows us to go out every day and accomplish meaningful things. I’ve usually been a pretty driven person. Until COVID hit I was always going from one place to another - racking up 30,000 miles or more on my car annually, and working seven days a week for many weeks out of the year. Sometimes the impetuous to go out was made by the need to pay the mortgage or purchase a piece of gear I needed or wanted. Sometimes the drive was to accomplish a new milestone. Sometimes it was a feeling of obligation or a desire to serve people. Sometimes I really have to frame the situation so that my approach is centered and coming from a good place. It’s interesting how much that makes a difference. It reminds me of an athlete who visualizes the movements and emotions of their sport before they actually perform it. And then there is also the need to be physically and mentally ready to take on new challenges. That makes the motivation flow much more easily. So what will motivate me today and this week? Hmmm… 

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What have I been up to? 

Last week was a good one, but I had two more senior facilities have to cancel because of COVID cases in their facility - mostly from unvaccinated staff. This puts a lot of strain on the residents with isolation and uncertainty. Although vaccinations are mandatory in nursing facilities, many people are claiming a religious exemption. I wish they would see what it’s doing to those around them.  

My online Halloween show on Thursday was a blast! I did many different songs than people expected, and it was just plain fun to get a little dark and creepy! 

My online Sunday show included several more Halloween songs and a bunch of new requests that were quite good. I don’t mention it often enough that my great audience has exposed me to some wonderful new songs with their requests. My cup runneth over! 

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What am I up to this week? 

Wednesday 6-9 I’ll be back at Gold Dust Saloon in Pueblo for what is turning out to be a wonderful gig. The upstairs balcony is a very cozy place to play music, and everyone is really enjoying it. There is only seating for 22 people upstairs, so get there early if you want to make sure you have a good seat. The music does spill over to the downstairs nicely though, so there really isn’t a bad seat for listening.  

Thursday 7-8:30 mountain time my online show will be doing my own original songs. We haven’t done an evening of my own tunes for a while, so this will be a fun night. I need to brush up on some of my tunes that I don’t play very often, and I’m always a little self-conscious of playing my own material. People are so supportive, and I’m honored to play my own music.  

Sunday 7-8:30 mountain time my online show will be favorites and requests as always. Some of these nights turn into a real happening that surprises me with old friends and acquaintances from distant places and times. It’s turning out to be many evenings that I’m honored just to be a part of.  

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That’s it for this week. I hope my thoughts on motivation help you trim your sails to pick up the wind of your life.. 

Best always 

Tom 

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Who:  Tom Munch 
What:  playing & singing 
Where:  Gold Dust Saloon, 217 S Union Ave, Pueblo, 719-545-0741 
When:  Wednesday, November 3, 6-9 pm 

Who:  Tom Munch  
What:  playing and singing an online concert of original songs 
Where:  facebook.com/tom.munch and tommunch.com/online-concerts   
When:  Thursday, November 4, 7-8:30 pm mountain time  

Who:  Tom Munch  
What:  playing and singing an online concert of favorites  
Where:  facebook.com/tom.munch and tommunch.com/online-concerts   
When:  Sunday, November 7, 7-8:30 pm mountain time

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