Music & Parenting: Beautiful Day

Frequently a song will suddenly pop into my awareness while going through the paces of daily life. This night was no exception…

May your day be beautiful today and everyday, even when the clouds threaten to take away your light…

As I rubbed my daughter’s back to help lull her into sleep following a tough day of being weather bound, this song was ever present in my mind. It was as if Angels were singing it to remind me how beautiful life can be…and how perception can be everything. A tough pill to swallow when the traffic is stuck and you’re not moving anywhere.

The lyrics repeated through my mind, almost incessantly. Each line I heard resonated more and more. This awareness brought with it a sense of peace as the layers of meaning began to compile.* Within a few heartbeats after this sweetness, Bono’s voice still echoing in my mind, I had a moment of minor crashing.

“Sometimes I wish I could change my name from mom,” I thought when my son called for me loudly from the other room; my daughter just having fallen asleep. It seems, duty is never done. Yet it’s my choice to see it as beautiful…or not. I can see where this sounds bad. It was a long, requiring several WP escapes to keep me sane. (sidebar: here’s a fantastic article about modern parenting: I’m a recovering hovering parent, learning to back off)

It is not always easy to see the beauty in the simplicity of daily life. Slowly, I am learning to ride the waves one at a time, where one can pull me forward while the next crashes over my bow, slowing me down and at times threatening to sink the whole damn thing. It can be a challenge to believe fully “what you don’t have you don’t need it now,” as I often resist this. Awareness is the first step, right?!

Namaste

* The layers include the connections I’ve made on WP. Posts and conversations that were part of the escape time added meaning and potency to the lyrics of this song for me. While all blogs that I read contribute to my growth and awareness, the following had the most impact through their comments and posts that I read on this day, 1/23/16 (check them out if you haven’t already): Beyond the Lyme Life; Kosmogonic; Love Letters Lost at Sea; James Radcliffe; Raines Journal

Photo by Tiffany: Golden Stormy Atlantic @ Rudee Inlet (unedited) 2016

Lyrics to “Beautiful Day”
[edited for emphasis]

The heart is a bloom
Shoots up through the stony ground
There’s no room
No space to rent in this town

You’re out of luck
And the reason that you had to care
The traffic is stuck
And you’re not moving anywhere

You thought you’d found a friend
To take you out of this place
Someone you could lend a hand
In return for grace

It’s a beautiful day
Sky falls, you feel like
It’s a beautiful day
Don’t let it get away

You’re on the road
But you’ve got no destination
You’re in the mud
In the maze of her imagination

You’re lovin’ this town
Even if that doesn’t ring true
You’ve been all over
And it’s been all over you

It’s a beautiful day
Don’t let it get away
It’s a beautiful day

Touch me
Take me to that other place
Teach me
I know I’m not a hopeless case

See the world in green and blue
See China right in front of you
See the canyons broken by cloud
See the tuna fleets clearing the sea out
See the Bedouin fires at night
See the oil fields at first light
And see the bird with a leaf in her mouth
After the flood all the colors came out

It was a beautiful day
Don’t let it get away
Beautiful day

Touch me
Take me to that other place
Reach me
I know I’m not a hopeless case

What you don’t have you don’t need it now
What you don’t know you can feel it somehow
What you don’t have you don’t need it now
Don’t need it now
Was a beautiful day~

2 thoughts on “Music & Parenting: Beautiful Day

  1. Wow, this is truly beautiful. I love your honesty and the line where you wish you could change your name. I am yet to hear mine call me mom and I am just reminded of the quickness of it all. Thank you for sharing. Gorgeous image as well!

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