1 Memory About Jonathan Richard Cring

For Angel, it was her wedding

I asked the sons, daughters-in-law, and grandkids if they had any specific memories or stories about Jonathan they wanted to share on his blog.  Angel responded with this remembrance:


In December 2009, I boarded a three-leg flight with my fiancé, Justin, to travel all the way from China to meet his family for the first time in Nashville–to get married there.

I knew little about Jon back then other than a few warm email exchanges. I brought my wedding dress and high heels—not sure how the wedding would look like, since Jon was planning most of it for us. 

The week of the rehearsing and planning was so much fun. Jon would call meetings with us to discuss the ceremony process, asking me for my preference and input on every detail. He found a beautiful chapel with Christmas decorations for our ceremony, picked the songs and arranged all Justin’s brothers to participate in the process.

The reception was hosted in his beautiful home on Bayshore Drive, with family and close friends. The chef was sweet and nice, the food was delicious. The cake was white with rosy decorations on it.

Jon even arranged the honeymoon suite, and later a road trip for us to visit Boston. 

“My dear, is there anything you would like to have for your special day?” he asked me, a couple days before our wedding, after we discussed everything in detail. His tone was warm and sweet, just like a father to me, making sure it will be my perfect day.

I said, “I want those cola cans at the back of the car that drag on the ground, like I watched in Hollywood movies.”

He laughed and said: “We will take care of that for you!” Just like that—it was done.

My wedding took place on December 21st, 2009. It was one of the most dreamy, sweet evening in my life.

After he passed away, my husband and I read through Jonathots, only to find out that in 2009, he was going through housing crash after the 2008 financial crisis. His property went down in value by over 50%. He was planning on selling the property for some profit as his next project—only to realize that he can now barely afford his mortgage.

It happened before our wedding and he never mentioned a word. None of us felt a drop of anxiety, stress. Joy was all that he gave me during my visit, and for my wedding. 

I think this might be the biggest lesson I learned from this one-of-a-kind man. He refused to be defined by his circumstance—absolutely determined to treat the world and everyone around him with good cheer. And in my twelve years of encounters with him, countless moments like this one defined him for me.


Angel is an entrepreneur and recently began a management position with Amazon. She lives in Shanghai with Justin and their two sons, Wyeth and Noel.

Sit Down Comedy … October 2nd, 2020

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Sit Down Comedy

Today’s SIT DOWN COMEDY is shared by Joel Christopher Scott, one of Jonathan’s adopted sons.

List of things I learned from Jonathan Richard Cring:

1. Every ‘Things To Do Today’ list shall begin with ‘Write a Things To Do Today’ list.

2. Get up early and nap after lunch.

3. Tip your servers, treat them like people.

4. Don’t fear.

5. Listen for the universe, because it speaks softly.

6. Even a bad swim is better than almost anything else.

7. Real fathers try.

8. Good engineers get out of the way of the artist.

9. Make things eventful.

10. Let humans be human and love them.

11. The older you get, the more expensive problems become—get used to it.

12. Check your oil.

13. Music should be an experience.

14. Practice at home; rehearse when you get around other people.

15. Luck exists, and so does grace.

 

Joel Christopher Scott is a husband and father, professional lighting and production designer, occasional musician and writer.

Periodically mows his yard to comply with local ordinances.

Bakes a pretty decent lasagna (or so he is told).

3 Things … October 1st, 2020

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Today’s 3 Things (X 3) is brought by Angela Cring.

Three things that I learned from my friend Jon Cring that I’ve already used this morning before 8:30 A. M.:

1. Wake up early and with a good attitude.
2. When checking out with cashiers, never leave them like you found them. Always ask how they’re doing and give them a smile.
3. Be generous with those who are just downstairs from you and give of yourself when you can.

Three things that I learned from my friend Jon Cring that I used before lunch today:

1. Be on time. Stay in integrity and when you are not going to be on time, communicate. Let people know you’re going to be late.

2. Don’t overthink your writing and don’t edit as you go. Just write and keep writing. Have confidence in the process.

3. When you are irked by someone, say it immediately. Don’t wait. Over time it gains unnecessary heat and shouldn’t be allowed.

Three things that I learned from my friend Jon Cring that I used before dinner today:

1. Your children are just boarders in your house for a season. They do not own the house and should be prioritized accordingly.

2. Someone is always watching what you are doing–even if you don’t see them. So do what is right, always.

3. Evil wins when it convinces us that good has to fight.

 

Angela Cring is the proud daughter-in-law of the great Jonathan Cring, an Event Producer and Speaker in South Florida.

 

Sensitize (Substitute) … September 20th, 2020

SENSITIZE (Substitute)

Jonathan wrote numerous PoHymns–the blending of poetry and hymns.

Here is a PoHymn he recorded, entitled “For Awhile”

Sensitize Substitute (or Where’s Jonathan?) … September 18th, 2020

Truth is, he’s in the hospital–diagnosed with a spot of pneumonia.

He’ll be back soon–but all Prayerapy and even good vibes are certainly solicited.

So your writer today is Janet Clazzy, long-time partner and friend-to-the-end.

Suspecting that many of you have become fond of Mr. Cring’s daily morning post–his Sensitize videos–I thought I might conjure a substitute.

NOT one I make up (collective sigh of relief).

No, I shall plumb some of the depths of Jonathan’s legacy thus far.

“But,” you might ask, “I am interested in his RECENT thoughts.”

I sympathize. Me, too.

But here’s a bit of insight on Mr. Cring’s work: it’s both historical and evolutionary. In other words, some of the themes are new. Other theses he’s been stumping his whole life.

For example:

When he was eight years old, he pretty much concluded that God isn’t mean. He recently wrote an article about it called “Damn.”

He published a book entitled The Gospel According to Common Sense in 1978, explaining that God meant us to be human, since He made us that way.

In a live performance in 1980, I heard Jonathan say, “All information that comes to you hits your emotions first.” He went on to explain that we are heart, soul, mind and strength creatures. (Sound familiar?)

In 2009, he promoted the notion that No One Is Better Than Anyone Else. (We did two years of touring under that title.)

In 2015 he wrote Within, a short book that shows that the Sermon on the Mount is full of lifestyle coaching.

And in 2018, along came Prayerapy–the notion that prayer and therapy are meant to heal us, if we will spill our emotions out loud in our own private closet.

So over the next few days, with Jonathan being temporarily out of pocket, I shall put out some of his previous works that are still quite, shall we say, “Sensitizing.”

So let’s get started. Here is today’s video:

 

 

 

Drawing Attention … August 12th, 2020

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Joanna (Finale)

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Music:  Joanna Improv by Jonathan Richard Cring

Click here to visit the Clazzy Art website!

 

Today’s painting is taken from the description of Joanna, found in the book, “I’M…the legend of the son of man”

You can find the book on Amazon (Kindle or hard copy) by clicking the book below

Drawing Attention … August 5th, 2020

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Joanna (Week 2)

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Music:  Joanna Improv by Jonathan Richard Cring

Click here to visit the Clazzy Art website!

 

Today’s painting is taken from the description of Joanna, found in the book, “I’M…the legend of the son of man”

You can find the book on Amazon (Kindle or hard copy) by clicking the book below

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