Despite being worth an
estimated $450 million today, Dolly grew up in such poverty that
her parents couldn’t afford to pay the doctor who delivered her.
Instead, they paid him with a bag of oatmeal.
There’s nothing I despise more than
people who don’t put their money where their mouth is.
know too many presidents of chambers of commerce, ministers,
politicians and motivational speakers who portray an image of
professionalism and talk about serving others in public, but
don’t practice either in private.
This is why I go out
of my way to let people know that I do walk the walk, and like
to recognize others who do the same.
Last week my
beautiful bride was awakened by a late night phone call from a
number she didn’t recognize. I was on the road in Orlando, so
she answered just in case it was me.
She thought it was a
prank when the caller asked if she would give her hair to Dolly
Parton. Still half asleep, she responded “Huh???” as she was
about to hang up.
Then she realized the caller was her
hair stylist, Breon, who was asking is she’d give up her
scheduled hair appointment for Dolly.
Breon volunteered to do hair and makeup for Dolly, Reba
McEntire, Kenny Rogers, and several other artists here in
Nashville for a telethon Dolly is holding today to raise money
for the victims of the Gatlinburg fire.
giving $1,000 a month to families in need to support them while
they get back on their feet.
The only thing more tragic
than the fact that 14 people died and 2500 homes and businesses
were damaged or destroyed in a fire started by two teenagers
(both now charged with aggravated arson) is that it happened
just weeks before Christmas.
But if there’s any silver
lining to something so tragic happening at such a bad time, it’s
that it happened in the hills of East Tennessee where Dolly grew
Her TV special “Christmas of Many Colors” just aired
on NBC a few days before the fire. But the greatest Christmas
story Dolly has to tell won’t be that one; it’ll be what she’s
doing to help the victims of that fire.
While she might
be best known for certain body parts that are larger than
normal, the world should know that the biggest part of her
anatomy is her heart.
To Your Success,
Dolly’s persona as a “dumb blonde” is
just that – a persona. In real life, she’s brilliant. I became a
fan of hers a few years ago when I read her book, “Dream More:
Celebrate the Dreamer in You”. It was based on a commencement
speech she gave at the University of Tennessee, which The
Washington Post called the greatest commencement speech ever.
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