My Guitar Gently Weeps
by Jim Stovall

Over the past two weeks, I have lost three very special people in my life. Between all of the funerals, memorial services, and eulogies, I have been in a reflective mood.

This morning, I got up early for my ritual workout session. As is my habit, I turned on the radio to have some music to accompany my exercise. The first song was the classic "Something" by George Harrison. A giant no less than Frank Sinatra called this tune his very favorite. Next, they played another Harrison tune "Here Comes the Sun" which always leaves me positive and hopeful. Finally, they played the third Harrison song in a row. They played "While My Guitar Gently Weeps." The haunting instrumental duet between George Harrison and Eric Clapton was the original motivation for many of us who enjoy playing and/or listening to wonderful guitar music. As the song slowly faded away, an emotional announcer stated that "George Harrison passed away last night at age 58."

Harrison was the youngest, and probably least well known, of the four Beatles. He got his first guitar when he was 13 years old, and several years later taught John Lennon how to play. Their guitar collaborations taught a lot of us how to play. Whether you like Harrison's music or not, you would at least have to admit he left a lasting legacy for the world.

There are very few people in each generation who come to embody the thoughts, feelings, and spirit of their contemporaries. George Harrison accomplished this. For better or for worse, at the turning of the next century, people will be listening to George Harrison melodies. The long view of history will judge him and his accomplishments. The reflection of time will help him to settle into his rightful place in the history books.

What is important for you and me is to realize that time is moving on, nothing is forever, and we must each seek out the legacy we will leave. In the final analysis, it is more important how you change the lives of those whom you touch every day than whether or not you change the world. In fact, we each change the world every day when we touch the lives around us.

Pursue your dreams as if you will live forever, and consider your legacy as if this will be your final day.

Today's the day!

Jim Stovall is the president of Narrative Television Network, as well as a published author, columnist, and motivational speaker. He may be reached at 5840 South Memorial Drive, Suite 312, Tulsa, OK 74145-9082, or by e-mail at

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