What’s Your Song?

Hey everyone!

Just a couple of quick question for you today…

  1. If you had to pick a song to be your theme song for who you are today (or where you are today), what would that song be?
  2. If you had to pick a song to be your theme song for who you WANT to be (or where you WANT to be in the future), what would that song be?

This light-hearted question was asked today in one of the Facebook groups to which I belong. I thought it was an intriguing question.

The first song that popped into my head was “It’s a Beautiful Morning.” I could hear the opening words of the song in my head immediately upon reading that question.

It struck me as a rather odd song to pull out of nowhere because

  1. The only words I could remember were the title
  2. It was not morning when I read the question (and things at work were not feeling particularly beautiful)
  3. The last time I had been outside, there was icy/rain falling on me

But this song, performed by The Rascals in 1968–I was only 5-years when the song was released–resonated with me as my song for both today and my future. In fact, it has now been playing off and on in my head for most of the afternoon and evening.

Music is powerful. Music changes people’s lives. And as Eric Church sings in his song “Springsteen,” it’s “funny how a melody sounds like a memory.” Music is part of our individual history, it’s part of our culture.  Music influences who we are.

What songs are your theme songs for who you are today and who you want to be tomorrow? What songs pop into your mind and which ones come to mind later? I’m really curious! Please share them in the comments box below. 🙂

Ep007: Volunteer Opportunities Come in All Shapes and Sizes

In this week’s episode, I talk about exploring volunteer opportunities that add magic to your life.



Have you ever been happy with the way something was, but then you learned there was a new and improved version? Initially, you scoffed at the idea that it could get any better.

You shook your head and rolled your eyes (or maybe even rolled your head and shook your eyes!) at why anyone would think they could improve upon perfection!

You gave the new “whatever” a try and found yourself impressed–even amazed! Yes, this was EVEN BETTER than the original!

That’s what volunteering can do. It can add even more to your already great life. And if you feel like your life is lacking in some way, volunteering might be the piece that is missing.

See pictures of our wood stacks at www.snailsontrails.com.


Organizations mentioned in this episode:

Maine Huts & Trails – Maine Huts & Trails is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to create and operate a world-class system of backcountry trails and eco-lodges for people-powered recreation to enhance the economy, communities and environment of Maine’s Western Mountain region, for the benefit of current and future generations.

ProLiteracy – In 2002, Laubach Literacy International and Literacy Volunteers of America, merged to create ProLiteracy

Tri for a Cure – an annual triathlon to support the Maine Cancer Foundation

Animal Shelters

Medical causes

Veteran’s Organizations

Did you know that organizations can qualify for grant monies based on the number of volunteer hours served in their organization?

 

In My Defense…

In my defense, I was left unsupervised.

HA! I don’t think I have ever used this defense, but I may need to start!

By nature, I tend to be serious and contemplative. There are, however, times when it starts to wear me down. I know I need to lighten up, but I’m not quite sure how to do that.

When I try, I find myself remembering the story of the scorpion and the frog (sometimes attributed to Aesop).

A frog and a scorpion meet on a river bank. The scorpion asks the frog to ferry it across the river to the other side. The frog replies, “Why would I do that? You’ll sting me and I’ll die.”

“No, I wouldn’t,” the scorpion assures the frog. “If I sting you, I’d die, too.”

The frog considers this. He shrugs (if frogs could shrug — or scorpions could talk) and tells the scorpion to “hop” on.

Half-way across the river, the scorpion stings the frog. The poison seeps into the frog’s body paralyzing it. The frog asks, “But why? Now we will both die.”

As they start sinking to their deaths, the scorpion replies, “I couldn’t help it. It’s my nature.”

So my nature is to be serious and contemplative. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t a part of me that longs to have a little fun.

Don’t tell Earl this, but he helps me have fun. He loves to play. I don’t know how to play. As weird as that sounds, it’s true. Earl is teaching me, and I find myself resisting it, which is counter-productive, but sometimes by trying not to play, I find myself having a lot of fun with him.

The truth is… I worry that I won’t be “any good” at playing. How silly is that?

Anyway…

I can easily take the quote “In my defense, I was left unsupervised” in a thought-provoking direction.

I can reflect on how frequently I fall into the pattern of doing things the way they are “supposed” to be done or the way that other people have done them. It reminds me that most activities have “guidelines” real or imagined attached to them. I am an EXCELLENT rule follower! I am also a  supervisor: one who enforces the rules.

Sigh… not much fun in that!

The magic probably does happen when we go unsupervised.

When we hike off trail or follow some inner voice that tells us that doing things a little differently is a good idea, we open our minds to new adventures and possibilities. When we take action that we might not take if other people were with us or aware of what we were doing, we can test ourselves in unexpected ways.

The best stories seem to come from the unsupervised moments!

And then, of course, my mind goes to the disclaimer that I should add to this post stating that I am not encouraging you to do anything illegal, immoral, or indecent.

Sigh… sorry about that, it’s just my nature.

Could you benefit from taking some time unsupervised?

Tell me about it in the comments section.