Monday, September 17, 2018

Music Mantra Monday - Leaving It All Behind

I realize I may be dating myself here, but I adore Simon and Garfunkel. They each have such beautiful voices and when you couple that with outstanding talent? Well...that puts you very high in my musical books.

To answer the initial question that most likely popped into everyone's mind when seeing the song chosen for today's Music Mantra: No, I am not leaving anyone. BUT I am trying to clean up what's holding me back from doing what I want, and need, to do.

Rather than thinking of, 'Fifty Ways To Leave Your Lover', let's re-think it as, 'Fifty Ways To Leave the Crap Bogging You Down Behind'.

Due to a variety of things that have popped up, or continually pop up, steering my attention away from what's most important, I am cleaning house. Not just literally, but figuratively. Think about it for a moment. Every time you think things are finally back on track, there will always be something, or someone, trying to knock you off of your rails. Unexpected or unplanned events you weren't prepared for. That person who always walks around with a hand out, even when you aren't in the position to put anything in it. Someone trying to dampen your excitement of what you've finally chosen to do with your life. Or anything, really.

What I've learned, both through recent experiences as well as being told by a precious few wise souls I surround myself with, is to keep things and/or people around you that build you up to where you want to be going and let everything, and everyone, else go. It sounds harsh, I know. And it certainly isn't always the easiest thing to do. When you get to the point where you're done, be done.

No more second/third/fourth chances. No more empty promises. No more tolerance of little white lies that come to light. No more narcissistic attitudes around you dragging you down to what they believe is best and away from what you know is right for you.

No more.

I realize my new title for this song may not sing as smoothly as the original (I'm re-playing it in my head as I type). But this part is great:

You just slip out the back, Jack
Make a new plan, Stan
You don't need to be coy, Roy
Just get yourself free
Hop on the bus, Gus
You don't need to discuss much
Just drop off the key, Lee
And get yourself free

So, there you go. That's my inspiration for this Music Mantra segment. 

Feel free to replace the above lyrics with your own de-bogging, and leave it all behind.

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