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Posts Tagged ‘gratitude’

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Gratitude Share:

1. Thankful for my ‘ohana.

2. Thankful for Hawaiian music–medicine for my soul.

3. Thankful for the opportunity to share all of these wild adventures in Hawaiian music with YOU.


What are YOU thankful for today?


Video Blog: HAPPY THANKSGIVING! (2012)

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Aloha gang!  It’s time for another video blog!

Today, I have the blessing of being with my family in Pennsylvania to celebrate Thanksgiving.  We wanted to send a Thanksgiving message to you.

What are YOU thankful for?  Drop me a line!  I’d love to hear from you!

Happy Aloha Thursday!  Happy Thanksgiving!

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A new decade begins with one word:

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Jason Poole, Accidental Hawaiian Crooner, Molokai, NYC, ukulele, Hawaiian music

Aloha, gang.

Today I’m embarking on a new decade in life.

I found that I was spending a lot of time “lost in thought” this afternoon.  But interestingly, I wasn’t mourning the passing of my youth or dreading a new decade.

Instead, I was thinking about how thankful I am.  For everything.

What a perfect way to begin this new chapter.


Right on.

What are YOU thankful for today?


Tug ‘O War

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Today I found myself caught in a tug ‘o war.

On one side: I was stuck in the future: So many projects happening all at once. I was thinking that maybe I’ve put too many irons in the fire at one time. How am I going to get ‘em all done? How can I do ‘em all well? Filled with anxiety.

And then, of course, I also found that I’d been dreaming about the potential success that these projects bring. The accolades that could be/might be there.

On the other side: I was trapped in the past. I could see so many missed opportunities. I could see things I should have done differently. I was playing the “If only I’d…” game.

And then, of course, I also found myself basking in the sweet memories of things that have gone well. Things that went according to plan. Or even better than I’d anticipated.

The problem with all of this? I wasn’t moving! I was stuck! 

It’s like BOTH sides of the rope had an equal pull.  Both sides were locked.  And so was I.

After what felt like HOURS of sitting and fretting and daydreaming, I realized what was happening. So I had to stop. And breathe.

And I took a strum break. The sound of those four simple strings always helps to bring me back to the present moment and helps me to focus! (And to be totally honest, sometimes I find myself calming down just by looking at an ‘ukulele. Simply knowing it’s there brings a smile to my face.)

I had to remind myself that the only reality is the present moment.  

Yes… I have a lot of things on my plate. But fretting about them or dreaming about their potential outcomes doesn’t help me to move forward. Instead, I’m stuck.

And likewise, worrying about things I’ve done wrong in the past or basking in the glow of past accomplishments doesn’t move me forward, either.

So I’ve set a timer to remind me to take conscious breath every hour.

And I’m keeping an ‘ukulele within arm’s reach.

And I’m making (tiny!) movements forward. One at a time today. But movement–any movement!– is good.

Movement is not stagnation.  And I’m grateful for that.

Right on.

*What do YOU do when you find yourself in a tug ‘o war between the past and the future?  How do YOU return to the present moment?


Thanksgiving Memories and Gratitudes

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Genoa Keawe, Aunty Genoa, Waikiki Beach Marriott, Moana Beach Terrace, Thanksgiving, Jason Poole

Thanksgiving Day with Aunty Genoa Keawe in Waikīkī. Perfection. (November 2007)


I was thinking about Thanksgiving Day memories today while I cooked dinner.

Here’s one of my favorites:

It’s November 22, 2007.  Thanksgiving Day.  James and I are sitting at a table, poolside, at the Waikīkī Beach Marriott Resort & Spa.  We’ve done an extravagant thing–flown to Hawaii for the weekend, essentially.  Still jet-lagged, we’ve arrived early at the Moana Terrace and ordered sandwiches and french fries and beer.

Why would we do this?

Well, we were there to see the one and only AUNTY GENOA KEAWE and Her Hawaiians perform.

And we knew we had to get there early and get  a table.  (Aunty Genoa and the gang drew a crowd!)

Listening to her voice, being inspired by her indomitable spirit, and watching the sunset over the beach in Waikīkī.  I mean, is there a better way to spend Thanksgiving?

Yes…  It was an extreme luxury to be there.  We’d saved our pennies all year to make it happen.

(I was blessed with the opportunity to sing with her that night.  But that’s the subject of another blog post!  Stay tuned…)

It was a memory that will last a lifetime.

And it continues to inspire me every day.  The photo above is a great reminder of that night.  A night we’ll never forget.


Thanksgiving is a time for being thankful.  I thought I’d share my list of 5 Gratitudes with you:

1.  My family and friends (They are my bones.)

2.  My teachers (They are my breath.)

3.  Hawaiian music.  (It is my blood.)

4.  Our ancestors.  (We stand on their shoulders.)

5.  The opportunity to share this crazy journey with ALL OF YOU!

Wishing you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving.

**Crooner Note:  Aunty Genoa’s family keeps the tradition alive and still performs regularly at the Marriott Waikīkī–including TONIGHT!  Yay for Thanksgiving traditions!  Please click HERE to check out their schedule.

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Wild (and INSPIRED) Days

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Some days are just plain WILD.

Days where I start out with great intentions of tackling a project.  I begin the day with what one of my friends calls “laser beam focus” on completing that one task.  And then, hours later, I find that I’ve started a million projects and completed none–not even the one I originally set out to finish.

That’s been the day today.  And it would be easy to beat myself up for not getting things “done.”


I’m only mildly frustrated by the lack of completion/closure with the million projects.



They’re all related.  It just appears that I’ve lost my focus–but in reality, I’m really focused on a lot of great things!

(I just need to be a little more disciplined in my time management.)

Here’s the scoop:  I started out the day with the idea that I would write a lot of “sketches” as part of my big writing project.  And while I worked on that, songs seemed to call out to me–like they were begging me to learn them.  (I managed to avoid picking up the ʻukulele for a full 30 minutes. And then I felt like I’d explode if I didn’t at least figure out which keys I wanted to sing the songs in.) Those songs inspired a search for the origin of some of the place names mentioned in the pieces. And then I spent time researching some of the songs’ lyrics in the dictionary.  And that lead to researching MORE stories.   And then…  And then…  And then…

(You get the picture, right?)

So it’s an “unfocused” kind of focus.  I have a lot of great information.  And a lot of cool ideas.  And a lot of projects that are now “in the works.”

And yes, that means I have a lot of loose ends.

But I’m grateful for days like today.

Wild days inspire me.

How about YOU?  What inspired YOU today?