It’s amazing how a good song on a bad day can give us the courage to take another step forward on a rocky road.
I have a few ‘go to‘ songs but my first and foremost is ‘Who Can I Turn To‘, sung by Anthony Newley in 1965, in ‘The Roar Of The Greasepaint – The Smell Of The Crowd‘. The words of this song have given me hope and inspiration for many years. I especially like the words in the song, “And maybe tomorrow, I’ll find what I’m after”. Such an inspirational song that has many times over given me the unquestionable drive to move on, no matter what the day. More of my favourites are, Jamie Foxx and Barbara Streisand singing, ‘Climb Every Mountain‘, Israel Kamakawiwo’ole singing ‘Somewhere Over The Rainbow‘, Josh Daniels singing, ‘Jealous’ on the X Factor show and many songs by Bob Marley while my mind is blowing with a cool breeze around the Island of Jamaica, where I lived for many years.
Every single day, either us or one of our friends or family members is faced with another tough challenge, medical, financial, job situation, family matters and its one deep breath and off to wonder how to make it through another day. When I was younger, I used to watch my grandfather George smile at every single person that he greeted, whether he knew them or not. He could have been tired or just feeling a bit down but he still had that enormous smile as he said hello. I couldn’t agree more with him. A smile is not a sign of weakness, but a mark of kindness. I think sometimes we don’t give people enough credit for that quick smile that sometimes passes us faster than Usain Bolt down a hundred metre track. Actually, thats a bad example because nothing else moves faster than Usain! Still, we never know how much it takes for an individual to smile on any given day. Personally, people wow me every day with just a simple smile because I appreciate what it could have taken. We’ve all been there.
So when you feel like your in a world of your own where no ones listening and things are piling up the wrong way, when every hour of the day is consumed by darkness and when the world seems like a jungle with no roads in sight, lay back and close your eyes and let your favourite tunes take you to that world where ‘all is possible’. The answer is there and when you close your eyes, you can actually see it.
Never give up.