Flow With It

I’m on da road between one place and another.  I had a few minutes and this post got me to thinking. Made me want to put it out there – to everyone~ 🙂

One of those things I say often to people in my life, particularly the ones that are very young, is when it feels like there is no way out or that your world is ending, the best thing you can do is to sit on your hands and not do anything. Because no matter how MUCH you feel right now, it’s going to change. When you wake up, even if nothing has changed, it will look different. Seems like so many people feel that nothing is ever going to change and things will always be whatever they are now, but where were you 5 years ago? One year ago? Chances are that wherever you were, you never imagined that you’d be where you are now. I think its just the way we’re wired.

Life is a river. Time is the current moving through it and pushing you along. And if you’ve ever thrown a leaf into a river and watched it, sometimes it gets stuck on a rock or a twig or some other THING blocking it’s way. But eventually the current gets everything moving again. Fluidity is constant and keeps things interesting, no?

This is my theme song lately. I play it almost every morning and at some point during the day, letting the beat and the lyrics keep me centered and moving (sometimes dancing, but that’s another post!). The song is “No, No, No” by Paolo Nutini. Listen to it. You can borrow it for YOUR theme song for as long as you need it 😉 Then read the posting by another amazing musician, Jason Mraz, who gets quoted here and played by my iPod so often that for the people closest to me, they hear him and think of me. 🙂 I like that.

Peace,

~me

oh you know where you are heading
but you’re lost along the way
and the strangers that you see
are getting stranger everyday
and the blood continues flowing
but the brain, oh the brain slowly drifts away
and you crashed into this city
with a smile upon your face
and a body charged with music
from the earphones in your case
and the pressure keeps on growing
but paradise, paradise is on it’s way
and I say~

no no no, we may never know
there’s enough surprises here to keep us going
yeah yeah yeah, here’s another day
we’re gonna step outside and take it all in

well you’re looking for some action
as a hunter, you’re on fire
there’s some scary confrontations
but never look them in the eye
there are miles and miles of pleasures
to be had so, no, don’t be shy(never be shy)
now you’re drowning in your coffee
oh you’re living life so fast
and one eye is staying golden
while the other’s seeing black
and the blood continues rushing
and you realise what’s here to be had
and I say

no no no, we may never know
there’s enough surprises here to keep us going
yeah yeah yeah, here’s another day
we’re gonna step outside and take it all in

no no no, we may never know
there’s enough surprises here to keep us going
yeah yeah yeah, here’s another day
we’re gonna step outside and take it all in…

(Mr. Mraz echoes the sentiment in Thursday’s posting from Berlin:)

A change IS going to come

Last year Bob Dylan compiled a song list for Starbucks’ Artist Choice Series. In addition to offering up a keen selection of country, blues, and jazz, he also supplied notes and commentary as to why he held the songs in such regard. BUT, the best part was the forward.

He wrote, “When I was asked to put together this collection of songs, I wasn’t sure what to do. So I just grabbed a bunch of things I was into recently. Some people have favorite songs, but I’ve got songs of the minute — songs that I’m listening to right now. And if you ask me about one of those songs a year from now, I might not even remember who did it, but at the moment it’s everything to me.”

I bring this up as today’s lesson: Nothing is final. One day you’re high. The next day you’re low. You might have a funky, expressive, or awful haircut today, but soon it will grow into something else, something new and random. Maybe you grew up liking pop music and boy bands, but now you like a specific mash up of Electronic & Classical. You might decide you don’t want to smoke cigarettes anymore; that it’s just not who you are. Maybe you were a staunch republican but now have curiosities about the well-spoken and well-organized Democratic Nominee. Perhaps you were madly in love last week, but woke up today feeling comfort in solitude, without a desire to be held.

Everything is fine. Not finAL.

We tend to instantly identify with “things.” And we believe in so much, when in fact, a belief isn’t known to be true. It’s a hope for the truth. We hold grudges because of what someone said when we were young. We store hurtful words and replay them in our minds until we think it to be true. And some of us believe a TV commercial and think we need a faster computer, a smarter phone, a stronger pill, a more relaxed-fit jean, etc. We think that certain things, thoughts, or actions make us who we are and sometimes we become addicted to those thoughts or behaviors and then become too afraid to let them go.

I write and post a lot therefore many people assume I have every self-published word memorized or that I live these shared thoughts constantly. This is not the case. My brain doesn’t reference myself very well actually, and I’m sure I contradict myself every other day in one way or another. One day I feel like I have all the wisdom of the world and the next day my soul wears thin and I stutter just ordering ice cream.

And everything is fine.

Because I trust in the ever-changing climate of the heart. (At least, today I feel that way.) I think it is necessary to have many experiences for the sake of feeling something; for the sake of being challenged, and for the sake of being expressive, to offer something to someone else, to learn what we are capable of. These meanderings, rants, and blogs for instance, provide a great deal of comfort just sharing it, even though i put a part of myself on the line to be criticized or considered an ass.
Oh well, Courage is triumph of the soul is guess. and an Ass can still be of great service.

So Remember, You have the right to change your mind.

About anything.

Anytime.

This is not the ending.

P.S. – No doesn’t mean forever. It simply means, “Not right now.”

And on the topic of Not right now, whatever happened to you in the past is not happening now.

You will be safe behind your honest decisions and mood swings.

I promise.
-mraz
Berlin

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One Response

  1. how hard it can be sometimes to remember such a simple things (don’t do anything). it works for me too. beautiful lyrics those!

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