Hey y'all, and Happy birthday, you damn beautiful Commonwealth! You know what?
Long before what we understood the border of Kentucky to be, there were a handful of folks with some big ideas. Now that's a lot to unpack considering the breadth and scope that makes everything that Kentucky is today, so.
I'll start with having a handful of folks. If there is one thing that is an absolute and fierce and unquestionably true fact in life it is:
You gotta have a team, homie.
Say it out loud.
But, wait, that's not all! That team has to be a good fit, and that team has to have loyalty, and that team has to understand your goals and your vision.
And just like that, we're sliding right into a conversation about big goals.
It is so important to have a moment where you for-seriously wrestle with yourself about what your vision is, what your mission is, and what your goals are, and how in the world are you going to get that message across, and what will that message look like. "Messaging” refers to how an organization talks about itself and the value it provides. Related to positioning, messaging is an approved set of key points or messages an organization uses to communicate about something with a target audience.
You got to have a message, homie.
Like, for-real, for-real.
With that said, I'm not sure who was specifically pushing for Kentucky's joining the union. But, I think it stands to reason, there were a handful of folks with some big ideas. So, Virginia gave its blessing for Kentucky's statehood in 1789 making Kentucky the 15th state in the Union on June 1, 1792. Then, boom, shortly after on June 4, 1792 Isaac Shelby was elected the governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Kentucky joined Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Massachusetts as the only 4 Commonwealth's across the United States of America. Which, is an interesting uniqueness that I feel strong that gives Kentucky an extra distinctiveness which demands solidarity from the folks apart of Kentucky.
Now, one would hesitate to say there is something magical about this soil, but Kentucky folks sure know how to work together and how to breath life into those big ideals. In Bowling Green, Kentucky last night at the iconic dive in Tidball's Sounds and Spirits, there was a bar full of people singing along with Nicholas Jamerson to Stephen Foster's 1852 anti-slavery ballad "My Old Kentucky Home." The proposal and resolution for Foster's song was "selected and adopted" by the Kentucky state legislature as the state's official song in 1928 and part of it reads:
WHEREAS, the song, "My Old Kentucky Home," by Stephen Collins Foster, has immortalized Kentucky throughout the civilized world, and is known and sung in every State and Nation."
Aint that neat? There was a group of folks that had the idea that Foster's song was a perfect fit to represent the entire brand of Kentucky, and according to last night's dive bar singalong, they did a good job. We seem to like it a lot.
With the right folks on your team, and a vision that inspires them you can almost do anything you want in life. It helps if you got a vision that is also centered in goodness, prudence, and prosperity.
Here are a list of folks from Kentucky that had a good team, and inspired people with their vision:
“Folks are usually about as happy as they make their minds up to be.”
“Whatever you are, be a good one.”
“Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends?”
"Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee. His hands can't hit what his eyes can't see. Now you see me, now you don't. George thinks he will, but I know he won't."
"Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth."
"I'm young; I'm handsome; I'm fast. I can't possibly be beat."
"When you're young you believe it when people tell you how good you are. And that's the danger, you inhale. Everyone will tell you you're a genius, which you are not, and if you understand that, you win."
"It's possible for me to make a bad movie out of a good script, but I can't make a good movie from a bad script."
"You can only get so far without discernible talent."
“You've got to continue to grow, or you're just like last night's corn bread-stale and dry.”
“You either have to be first, best, or different.”
“When something is bothering me, I write a song that tells my feelings.”
Happy birthday, Kentucky. If you're looking to start a business, or incorporate a governance for a new commonwealth, or write a song, or have a song be selected as a state song, or if you're just trying to figure out what you're wanting to do, think about who you want to be around, what what you want to do with them while you hang out.
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