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Joe Gallagher Jr.

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Purpose 

When I feel lost and like I have no purpose, I go back to the basics.  Trust God, clean house and help others.  You can replace the word “God” with whichever spiritual deity that you align yourself with.  Whichever source of power you can tap into will suffice.  For me, I have to ask for help to gain knowledge of its will for me.  I have to ask that I be shown how to make wrongs right and how I can be useful to the next human being I encounter.  If I make an effort to do one or all of these things, I stand for having a much better day—a much better life.  My goal today is to be better than I was yesterday and I want to enjoy the outdoors.  Charleston, SC offers some of the most scenic landscapes I’ve ever witnessed and it’s right in my back yard.

New Band Forming 

So about 3 weeks ago, I started learning some songs with Christian Carroll, a phenomenal violinist.  Our first show together was at the Whisky a GOGO in Los Angeles.  What makes our story fascinating is the way we came about.  Christian’s father, the late Steve Carroll had a dying wish that his son Christian would get out from just playing Tommy Condon’s downtown and that he would do something with his music career.  That’s where I come in.  Old man Steve also had mentioned to me how he wanted his son Christian to get on the professional music career level like me.  3 years after Steve’s passing, here we are making amazing music together.  We only had 2 weeks to prepare for the whisky show and we made people’s heads spin!  Nobody could believe we had only been playing together for a few weeks.  Not only did I find my match on a professional level but I gained a new best friend in the process.  I’m so grateful!

Surgery 

So I just found out that I need two more surgeries and need to cancel my tour because of a bad car accident I was in.  I’m really quite angry and frustrated.  I hate having limitations.  I’m used to handling everything myself and not having to ask for help.  I guess this is a lesson in humility.  I have to humble myself and ask others to assist me.  However, I’ve been conditioned to not rely on people.  It’s like I’m in a constant handicapped state.  I know this too shall pass and after my surgeries I won’t be in nearly as much pain. Pain is the touchstone to growth they say but I’ve been in pain for almost 2 years now.  Yes I definitely have grown wiser in the last 2 years but I can’t help but to think how much better my life could be if I didn’t have ruptured discs in my spine.  Everything happens for a reason so the only conclusion I can come to is that I needed to slow down.  I needed time to work on myself and to get sober once and for all.  In that case, I’m grateful for my current circumstance.  Gratitude has to come first above all else or I won’t succeed and achieve my goals.

Spiritual Medicine 

I don’t know about you but I have to take spiritual medicine every day or my life seems bleek and gray.  I have to find inner peace by asking my creator to guide me through the day and to use me how He sees fit.  In the shower I ask for forgiveness.  I feel reborn and cleansed of my wickedness every time.  I reach out to elders seeking wisdom.  They give me solutions and suggestions for any problem I may face.  I have multiple prayers that I’ve come to believe in whole heartedly that I repeat in my mind dozens of times throughout the day.  When undergoing such a routine, I feel protected.  I get a new sense of confidence.  All the right things are happening around me and I had nothing to do with it really.  It’s the universe responding to my kindness towards it and all its creatures. 

Signs 

I’ve entered into a new phase of existence.  I’m aware of my character flaws and ask daily for God to have all of me, good and bad.  I’m trusting that all the great things happening now are because of my increased faith that i actually— despite the immense pain I’m in—deserve what’s going on.  My professional career as an entertainer has just been increased a level and now I have to adapt to a new role.  A new role I believe God has been preparing me for.  So grateful for all the signs he’s been showing me.  I’m at the pinnacle moment, a turning point in my career.  It’s a beautiful transformation and I joyfully anticipate the next experience.