“If you want to change the world . . . start singing when you’re up to your neck in mud.”
I love the words of the author when he says “we will all find ourselves neck deep in mud someday. That is the time to sing loudly, to smile broadly, to lift up those around you and give them hope that tomorrow will be a better day.” We each have our way of dealing with stress and bringing some happiness to our lives. Nothing makes me happier than turning on some music and singing my heart out until I have a smile on my face, even if it does not sound all that great.
I spend a lot of time in my car. It gives me much time to think about my mile-long to-do list and the upcoming commitments I have made for myself. It often seems like there is not enough time in the day to get it all done, but somehow, I make it all happen. My commute in the mornings is the perfect time to have a private praise session, and it sets the tone for my entire day. I notice a huge difference in my days when I do not have that, so when it feels like I am drowning in my own work and thoughts, singing like no one is watching makes me feel pretty good.
“If you want to change the world . . . don’t ever, ever ring the bell.”
Getting knocked down is never fun. Standing back up and dusting yourself off is the best thing we can do for ourselves. The reaction we give to not achieving what we set out to make or not accomplishing the goals we wanted to reach shows the world what kind of person we are. That message we send should say we are strong, resilient, and determined.
When life throws its punches, we can dodge them or take them, but giving up and breaking under pressure is not an option. Find a reason to be stronger than the battle that is trying to hold its control. There will be people for and against you, but when the fight to find yourself and reveal who you are to the world has been won, your story may be the one to inspire someone else to persevere through anything. Never back down.
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