This is our second installment of Music Lessons. Today, we’re going to look at a song by Sister Hazel.
Their tour starts today so Hazel Nuts are going gaga. Their new album, Release, has been a hit. It’s the #1 rock album in iTunes.
But our focus today is on an older song of theirs, Change Your Mind.
Want to feel better about today?
Then change your mind! That’s the general message of the song. It sounds so simple, but it really is a great prescription.
The song starts out, “Did you ever think there might be another way to just feel better, just feel better about today?”
It highlights that all change starts from within. We have to think there is a better way. We have to think differently than we have before to feel better once more.
Decide to persevere
The song continues, “If you never want to leave to turn and go away, you might feel better, might feel better if you stay.”
Those may be the most powerful words in the whole song. Change your mind by deciding to stay.
When the going gets tough, the tough stay and fight. Doesn’t have the same ring as the saying we’re used to. But flight is often what keeps us from achieving our dreams.
The tough persist. They don’t give up. The tough resist the natural, human tendency to see the grass as greener on the other side of the fence.
Decide to take it all in
The next verse starts with some great questions:
“Have you ever danced in the rain?
Or thanked the sun just for shining?
Or the sea?”
Then they tell you why it’s so important to ask those questions: “Take it all in, the world’s a show. And yeah, you look much better, look much better when you glow.”
Isn’t it true? When troubles mount, when a challenge looms large, doesn’t it help to just get away for a few minutes and calm down? When you experience the magnificence of nature, the issues you face seem so much smaller.
Decide to give up … with a twist
There’s a great twist in the next verse. They say: “If you’ve had enough of all your tryin’, just give up … the state of mind you’re in.”
They don’t say to give up. They say to change your mind! Look at things in a new way and try, try again!
They continue by saying: “If you’re tired of fighting battles with yourself, if you want to be somebody else, change your mind.”
Stop. Stop beating yourself up. Stop wishing you weren’t you.
You are a special person. Change your mind and show the world your gifts.
An unusual call to action
They close the song with what may be the most unusual call to action we’ve ever seen: “What ya say we both go and seize the day. ‘Cause what’s your hurry, what’s your hurry anyway.”
Get going. Do it now. But don’t get in such a hurry to reach your destination that you don’t enjoy the journey along the way. Enjoy the good times and the bad. Enjoy the people you love.
Because when you do reach your destination, when you’re living the life of which you dream – life on your own terms, you’ll look back and realize that your journey is part of the prize!
Change your mind! It leads to bigg success!
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Since we’re nearing Halloween, next time we’ll haunt you with a tale of four wicked witches that often prevent you from reaching bigg success. Until then, here’s to your bigg success!
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