I walk down a street and there’s a deep hole in the sidewalk. I fall in. It takes forever to get out. It’s my fault.
I walk down the same street. I fall in the hole again. It still takes a long time to get out. It’s not my fault.
I walk down the same street. I fall in the hole again. It’s becoming a habit. It is my fault. I get out immediately.
I walk down the same street and see the deep hole in the sidewalk. I walk around it.
I walk down a different street.
In 1939 a little girl name Anna Mae Bullock was born and when she was 10 years old her mother abandoned her. Then at 13 years old her father left as well. Anna Mae was raised by her sister, her cousins and her grandmother. When Anna Mae was 17 she met Ike Turner and his band ‘Kings of Rhythm’. Anna Mae began to hang around Ike and his band. When Ike realize that Anna Mae would make a necessary part in his quest for international stardom, Ike married her and he changed her name to Tina Turner.
Ike and Tina toured successfully throughout the decade, including in England, where they toured with the Rolling Stones. In all appearances, the Turner couple were a resounding success, both personally and professionally. Unfortunately, they hid a dark secret: Ike was excessive with alcohol and drugs, domineering and violent with Tina. As a result Tina was frequently beaten by Ike, Tina had a broken nose and she had attempted suicide.
In 1976 after a violent argument right before an appearance in Dallas. Tina abruptly left Ike, fleeing with nothing more than $0.36 and a gas card. She spent the next few months hiding from him while staying with various friends.
Tina would later credit it was her newfound Buddhist faith, that gave her the courage to strike out on her own. Because she walked out on Ike in the middle of a tour, Tina was legally responsible for the all of the debts incurred by the canceled tour as well as a significant IRS lien. Needing to earn a living, she became a solo performer, supplementing her income with TV appearances.
After her divorce was finalized Tina Turner openly accused Ike of years of severe spousal abuse rampant drug addiction in her autobiography ‘I, Tina’. Which was made into a movie ‘What’s Love Got to Do with It?’ Tina might walked away with only her stage name , 36 cents and a gas card. However, everything was worth it for Tina, in order for her to regain her dignity, her freedom and her life.
From touring with the Rolling Stone to 36 cents in her pocket, Tina Turner rise again better than ever with her head held up high.
Never settle for less than what you are worth, do the right thing and have faith that it will work out for the better. As long as you take Action to do something about it and you will win in the end.
Imperfect Action is better than No Action
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