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Be with those who bring out the best in you, not the stress in you.
This past Sunday, while we were enjoying an afternoon barbeque at our friend Sara’s house, her 16-year-old foster child, Cody, received a visit from his biological mother – a woman who has been in and out of prison and rehab her whole life. Although Sara was a bit reluctant about it, she let them talk in the family room alone, and we eavesdropped from the kitchen just to make sure everything was okay.
Cody’s mother was extremely rough around the edges and almost immediately started bringing up hurtful memories from the past, and then told him, “I wish I could go back in time and raise you again, to change who you are and give you a better upbringing.” Just as Sara was about to walk into the room to interject, Cody calmly replied, “I’m perfectly fine, thank you. I’m proud of who I am. Maybe you should go farther back in time and change who you are instead.” And then he walked her to the front door and politely asked her to leave.
Cody’s response impressed me on so many levels. It takes a lot of courage, especially at 16 years of age, with a rough upbringing, to tactfully stand up for yourself. And he handled himself with grace.
So whenever you’re dealing with a difficult or hostile person, remember how Cody handled himself. Take a stand. This is your life. You may not be able to control all the things people do to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them. You can decide not to let their actions and opinions invade your heart and mind. And above all, you can decide whom to walk beside into tomorrow, and whom to leave behind today.
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- Stop letting people drag you into needless arguments. – Never waste your time trying to explain yourself to people who have proven that they are committed to misunderstanding you. And don’t define your intelligence or self-worth by the number of arguments you have won, but by the number of times you have said, “This needless nonsense is not worth my time!” (more…)
You’ll recognize most of the names in this month’s group of featured artists. One is paid tribute to, one is on his way to super-stardom, and three are at the top of their game. Bring some new music into your April — look for these picks and more at many of our stores!
Read on to find out how to win a copy of the Jackson Browne Tribute CD.
Jackson Browne Tribute
Looking Into You
Jackson Browne stands out as one of music’s most iconic singer-songwriters, and in this 2-disc set you can hear the respect and admiration of over 23 artists as they pay musical homage. Even though each song has a different producer, a cohesive “soundscape” emerges, focused on the melodies and phrases that made these songs great. From Don Henley to Indigo Girls, from Ben Harper to Bruce Springsteen, the bands here are excellent and well-chosen.
G I R L
7-time Grammy winner Pharrell’s sophomore release is a self-described “celebration of women” while, he says, also hoping to cast a light on persistent gender inequality. Joyous, driving, danceable, it features collaborations with Justin Timberlake and Alicia Keys — it also features Academy Award-nominated #1 single “Happy” from Despicable Me.
Colombian megastar, mother, and judge on The Voice, Shakira returns with a powerful new album. Her voice is front and center and has never sounded better or more energetic. “Can’t Forget To Remember You,” her collaboration with Rihanna, stands in good company with 11 other passionate, diverse and well-crafted songs.
Four-time CMA Female Vocalist of the Year, Martina McBride hits home again with this strong release. Produced by Don Was (The Rolling Stones, Bonnie Raitt), Everlasting is a collection of soulful covers, ranging from Aretha Franklin’s “Do Right Woman, Do Right Man” to Elvis Presley’s “Suspicious Minds.” Martina’s versatility and emotional power is on full display here.
THE MUPPETS MOST WANTED
Of course Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy are the headliners here, but did you expect a host of celebrities including Lady Gaga, Tina Fey, Celine Dion, Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell and Tony Bennett? Perfect for kids — great for the car!
What artists or songs are in heavy rotation for you these days? New favorites, old rediscoveries? Tell us in the comments below and you could win one of four prizes. We're giving away four copies of the Jackson Browne Tribute CD and one of those winners will also receive a framed poster of the album cover. Comment by April 30th for a chance to win. We’ll choose four comments at random to receive a prize.
The fine print: No purchase necessary. Promotion ends April 30, 2014, 12:59 PM CDT. Must be a legal resident of the US or Canada (except in Quebec, where it is void) age 18 or older to participate. Taxes on prize, if applicable, are the responsibility of the winner. Employees of Whole Foods Market, Inc., are not eligible. Void where prohibited.