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5 Life Lessons from Ron Isley and El Debarge

 

This past weekend I attended the Superstars of Soul concert here in my town which featured the legendary Isley Brothers and El Debarge. The experience will be one that I’ll remember for years to come, not only because of the front-row seating and the serenade and dance I received from members of the opening act After 7,  but mostly for the floods of life lessons that I observed from the concert’s two headliners. Although there were many, I decided to take the five that I thought to be the most valuable and place them here.  Here they are, in no particular order:

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Number One:

Even in the worst circumstances, you can always bounce back.

.As I watched the performers, I realized that beyond their silky smooth voices and nice suits were two men who were older (Ron is 70 years old, El is 50), dealing with not only the natural processes of aging but also other health issues. Each also has their own share of other problems. Despite all of this, they both made the decision to try to bounce back to a better place in life—and from what I can see so far, it is working.

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Never be afraid to admit that you need help—and get it.

..During the height of El’s comeback last year, he abruptly cancelled his tour to voluntarily check himself into rehab. This was a very big and brave thing to do. Just to know that he weighed the costs and decided to make his own health and well-being a priority over money, media scrutiny, and fan expectations is truly admirable.  Not everyone is brave enough to do such a thing. Because he took time out to get the help that he knew he needed, he is now back stronger and better than ever.

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.Number Three:

ALWAYS utilize your given talents and abilities, as they are gifts.

..About mid-way through his performance, Ron Isley took a moment to talk briefly about his time in jail, and shared how everyday he would sing to the other inmates.  He discussed how they would thank him immensely for it.  Even in his darkest time, he never stopped using his gift, and as a result he was a blessing to others in their dark times.

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Number Four:

Don’t let your past mistakes keep you from pressing towards your future.

To remove the professional accomplishments and accolades of Ron Isley and El Debarge from their bios and look at only their personal lives, you would think that these are two gentlemen could never get on the right track.  This was my biggest take-away of all: no matter how many or how severe your past mistakes are (or how much people try to remind you of them), remember that they are in the past—put them behind you and keep pressing forward.

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.Number Five:

It’s okay to be yourself, and “do you” in your own way..

El Debarge gave my eyes a real workout, hopping, dancing, and shifting around from the stool at his keyboard to a microphone stand on the opposite side of the stage.  Contrastingly, Ron Isley sat on cushioned chair for almost his entire performance.   Both artists were truly doing what was most natural and comfortable for them, and the result was a phenomenal performance from each.

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.I left the arena with a renewed vision and a refreshed mind, clearer about my own life and its direction.  I am sure that other attendees did too.

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**Sidenote: these photos were taken from my cell phone—my apologies for the low resolution! 🙂

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Makeba Giles is a Digital Content Producer and Founder of Faith Health and Home, a digital space with information and resources for physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being to help families live an inspired lifestyle.

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Kesha Brown
Kesha Brown

Glad you had a wonderful time and I hate I missed it!

These are some great takeaways and are inspirational insights for us all…we can always learn a great deal from others 🙂

Makeba Giles
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Reply to  Kesha Brown

Greetings: Yes the concert was wonderful and it was amazing that I took in so much inspiration from them to help me in my own journey. Sometimes just watching someone in action is all of the inspiration you need. Thank you so much for commenting! 🙂

Alesia
Alesia
Reply to  Makeba Giles

I was at the same concert and I agree with you 100%. I appreciated how Ron and El gave God the glory that he deserves. When Ron Isley sang “Falling In Love with Jesus” all I could do is stand and throw up my hands! It was such a blessing to attend a concert and receive a blessing from it! I didn’t get a dance, but I did get my hand held and serenaded by El! What a beautiful memory he left me with!! I do wish they would have let After 7 sing a few more songs!

Makeba Giles
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Reply to  Alesia

Greetings: Yes Ron Isley singing “Falling In Love With Jesus” was definitely the highlight of the show and further solidified that his voice and talents are truly gifts from above. El Debarge was also very gracious, showing his appreciation and love for those in attendance. Highly admirable actions from them both! I agree with you about the issue with After 7–hopefully they will return soon to perform a full show. Thank you so much for commenting! 🙂

Patricia

Thank you for this post. I love your blog. Following you on facebook.

Maria

What a cool show that must have been. Great life lessons too! Thanks so much for sharing! Liking you on FB from http://lifelossandotherthings.blogspot.com/ 🙂

Makeba Giles
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Reply to  Maria

Greetings: You are most welcome! Yes the show was wonderful and the life lessons that I took away from it I still apply to my life today. They are truly lessons that everyone can learn from, no matter what place they are in life. ~Thank you so much for commenting! 🙂

Ronke
Ronke

Just before Mr. Ron Isley was imprisoned, he appeared at a concert at the United Palace Theatre in Washington Heights. While I was on my way home one day, I happened to see the billboard announcing his appearance at the venue. I immediately purchased a ticket and saw the show. Let me tell you this was the first time that I saw Mr. Isley in concert. The house was packed and he brought it down. He is a super talented individual with a voice that can only be a gift from God. The concert began at 8:00 pm and when… Read more »

Makeba Giles
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Reply to  Ronke

Greetings Ronke! I am glad that you enjoyed this post and the the life lessons that we could learn from just observing him and his life. I agree that he is a true example of strength and inspiration. ~Thank you so much for sharing here with me–I truly appreciate it! 🙂

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