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Live as if only love mattered

It so amazes me how often songs take on new meaning when heard at different times...I've had Tracy Chapman's New Beginnings CD for years. Various songs have moved in and out of my favourite zone, but only recently did this particular one truly touch my heart. I was singing along one day and suddenly thought wow...I mean really, WOW!!, these lyrics are amazingly profound.

At this point in my life
Although I’ve mostly walked in the shadows
I’m still searching for the light
Won’t you put your faith in me
We both know that's what matters
If you give me a chance
I'll try

At this point in my life
I’d like to live as if only love mattered
As if redemption was in sight
As if the search to live honestly
Is all that anyone needs
No matter if you find it

Those words speak to me about letting go of all the wrongs done in the past, recognizing that those wrongs do not define who we are, we are so much more than the sum of our past mistakes. How uplifting and hopeful to live as if only love mattered...just think of how we are we are, and who we are, with those we truly love. At our best, we are caring, sharing, respectful, encouraging, honest, open...we would indeed give the shirt off our backs...we speak the truth, even when painful or awkward to do so...we are held close by unbreakable bonds...yet we also have infinite space between us to grow. How different would this world be if all relationships were like that...

If you can believe in this heart of mine
If you can give it a try
Then I'll reach inside and find and give you
All the sweetness that I have

What a powerful message...how true it is that when someone believes in us, we are moved to open up and believe in ourselves too...and then our sweetness does flow out. There is something deeply strengthening about trusting someone to love you anyway, even knowing of the many things you've done wrong. Such unconditional love gives us wings to fly. Into my head just popped a notion...God's love, self love, love of and for others...perhaps that is the real Holy Trinity! <3

Enjoy your weekend, everyone! Mine's looking pretty good so far. We're going to see Mark's dinner theatre this evening, which should be loads of fun. I'm really looking forward to it, and - bonus - Sara's coming too! Yay! And just got off the phone with Valerie and apparently we're heading off on a mini roadtrip in the morning. (Note re the space-time continuum: I'm writing this on Friday and scheduling to post on Saturday because I already posted a Friday entry...so by the time you read this, I'll have left on said roadtrip, and the dinner theatre will be but a memory!)

Ok, so the roadtrip includes a funeral in Port Hawkesbury, but since I'm travelling with Valerie, I'm sure the journey will also involve lots of conversation (serious or silly, probably both!) and stories and laughter (and food...hey, we can't live on words alone!) I'll fill you in later...except for any "what's said on the road, stays on the road" bits! lol :)

Comments (3)

Thank you so much sharing this moving song and what it means to you. You've given me a lot to think about this morning. Have a great weekend and enjoy the trip. I love the quote at the end. :)

Kathy (Trekcapri):

Hi Anne, wow I'm so speechless. A super wonderful post. I'm a big fan of Tracy and I haven't really paid much attention to the lyrics of this song until now. Thanks so much for pointing out it's deep meaningful message. I look forward to hearing more interesting stories from you except for the ones that have to stay on the road. :)

lovely - pure poetic lyrics and interpretation...food for thought. m

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