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What Willie Nelson Taught Me This Summer
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ChrisMurphy
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9/8/2014 | 8:43:56 AM
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danielcawrey, I don't think many of would make it to 81 following the Willie Nelson health regimen, but I think you're onto one piece we can tap into, staying active and engaged.
freespiritny25
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9/6/2014 | 11:17:12 PM
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@danielcawrey I agree, work keeps you young!
freespiritny25
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9/6/2014 | 11:14:34 PM
Re: What Willie Nelson Taught Me This Summer
My grandmother used to say, "if you love what you do for work, you will never work a day of your life." I believe that- so true.
danielcawrey
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9/6/2014 | 12:22:32 PM
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You've got to wonder what his health secret is, but then again it may just be that working is what keeps him busy, and allows him to stay active. I can only hope that I am still working and active at Willie's age. Very impressive, I must say. 
PedroGonzales
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9/6/2014 | 11:03:32 AM
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Willie nelson is a real person to follow. We should try to learn from Willie and continue to pursue activities that are worth doing.  I can't believe that at 81 he continues to play shows, unbelievable.  It is much fun to play live than staying at home.
Charlie Babcock
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9/5/2014 | 6:41:58 PM
Live music works its magic
Willie was too authentic to stay inside Nashville's sequinned splendor. It's good to hear that his resonate baritone is still worth going to. Shortly after 9/11, I went to a James Taylor concert, where you wondered why, in a fractious, driven-to-violence world, there couldn't be a James Taylor time-out for everyone. It was a momentary return to a sanity.
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9/5/2014 | 2:48:58 PM
Willie Nelson also knows social
Willie's Facebook page recently asked fans to send in pics of their dogs dressed up like Willie. Now that's viral.
TerryB
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9/5/2014 | 1:53:24 PM
Whew!
My first thought when I saw your headline was roll a joint. :-)

Willie is special, one of a handful of old timers who plays because he loves it, not because he needs the money.

That's a big reason I've never given up writing code after 30 years in IT, I'd miss it too much. Doing budgets and managing people/projects would not cut it, work would feel like work then. The creativity of writing systems is as close as I'll ever get to Willie writing songs and performing them.
RobPreston
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9/5/2014 | 1:48:53 PM
Takeaway
Well said, Chris. My main takeaway: Even the stuff we're passionate about often requires hard work. And the hard work makes it all the more worthwhile. 


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