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by Ron St. Pierre & Jen Brien, commentary
Over the course of my really interesting, always eventful, life, I’ve insisted on doing things MY way. I never listened to the wise elders in my life, thought I’d figure it out and really-lived up to my stubborn Greek side. As I’ve aged, I’ve come to embrace what King Solomon came up with at the end of writing Ecclesiastes. King Solomon said in the end – after having ALL the ladies and the parties and ALL the stuff and ALL the stature and ALL THE LAND… he says… none of it matters. Yep. All that don’t matter. HE was searching for MEANING apart from God and says – apart from God, there’s nothing. All the stuff we think will give us purpose in life is empty. Countless rock stars and movie stars have said the same. All of it is a trap.
I, myself, ignored these wise words and used to wander – was out there hustling and working and going thru the grind. I had my relationships and stuff. Went on vacation, made it to the top, and had a lot of what most would consider enough to be called a success. But, something was missing. A void was still there. A hunger for something less superficial. A desire for something more, although I couldn’t explain exactly what I longed for at the time.
Fast forward to my life now. I’ve reconnected with God, and I listen. I’m still. I use my discernment. I pray, and race to services on Sundays to get instruction on living right from my awesome Pastor, Jordan Boyce. I spend time on things and with people that make my heart overflow. I smile at strangers, hold doors for everyone, try to make people feel seen and valued on a daily basis. I did learn the hard way and lost it all. But God has restored my life and given me one back that’s richer and sweeter than before.
I challenge you in this new year to get off the bike myself and Sally were on. To listen to that inner voice. There’s something far greater underneath the surface of what your eyes can see. All you have to do is take the first step to seek it. I didn’t like listening to others’ advice either. Trust me, I was Sally. But YOU don’t have to be.
Happy New Year, friends… I’m rooting for you!
Ron St. Pierre is a veteran broadcaster whose career has spanned over four decades. Ron has programmed, performed on and managed WHJJ, WPRO, WWRX, 790 The Score in Providence, as well as WBZT and WKGR in West Palm Beach and WABC in New York City. Ron also anchored sports on WPRI Ch 12 in Providence. He is a member of both the Rhode Island Radio and Television and the City of Pawtucket Halls of Fame. He was born and raised in Pawtucket.
Jen Brien has over 20 years of radio broadcast experience having hosted shows on WPRO and WHJJ with Ron as well as her own shows on WRKO and WBZ in Boston, WXTK on Cape Cod and WHAM in Rochester, New York. Jen was born and raised in Woonsocket and served six years in the Army MP Canine Unit.
Hazel, Ron’s dog, makes regular appearances.
“Ron and Jen’s Great Escape” podcast, a more lighthearted reaction to the events happening around us, can be found on YouTube and wherever you get your podcasts, with new episodes premiering Mondays and Wednesdays.
Fantastic and heartfelt wisdom for all….and of course the Best photo caption ❤
wonderful Jen! You are able to make me laugh out loud right in the middle of a beautiful and heartfelt piece of great advice.
Love you always!
What you said, Jen, only scratched the surface! Thank you so much for allowing the people that care about you and listen to you do you have a peek into what your life has been like. I know you have so much more to tell. I for one was able to witness so much and I am beyond thankful for all that God has done in your life. Equal to that Is, that I could call you friend. A hero in the arm forces. A Hero radio broadcasting, and a Hero of the Faith.
I am so excited for you for what sound horizon. Remember, no one “touch that dial, The best is yet to come!” Follow Hard & Be You! ❤️