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First Person Declarative!

Friday, February 05, 2010

We all need to take care of ourselves and to put our needs first, above all else. This is not being selfish, it's a fundamental, core belief I have that if we don't take care of ourselves FIRST, we cannot be there for others in the way that we need to, want to. During my morning jog on the 'mill a couple of songs came up that seemed to celebrate this message SO WELL!

Paula Cole - Me

Listen on Pandora here:


I am not the person who is singing
I am the silent one inside
I am not the one who laughs at people's jokes
I just pacify their egos
I am not my house, my car, my songs
They are only just stops along my way
I am like the winter
I'm a dark cold female
With a golden ring of wisdom in my cave


And it is me who is my enemy
Me who beats me up
Me who makes the monsters
Me who strips my confidence

I am carrying my voice
I am carrying my heart
I am carrying my rhythm
I am carrying my prayers
But you can't kill my spirit
It's soaring and it's strong
Like a mountain
I'll go on and on
But when my wings are folded
The brightly colored moth
Blends into the dirt into the ground


And it's me who's too weak
And it's me who's too shy
To ask for the thing I love
And it's me who's too weak
And it's me who's too shy
To ask for the thing I love
That I love

I am walking on the bridge
I am over the water
And I'm scared as hell
But I know there's something better
Yes I know there's something
Yes I know, I know, yes I know

That I love (5 times overlapping chorus)

But it's me
And it's me
But it's me

And the next song is from Paul Simon's album Graceland: Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes

Listen on Pandora here:

Lyrics here:

She's a rich girl
She don't try to hide it,
Diamonds on the soles of her shoes,

He's a poor boy,
Empty as a pocket with nothing to lose
Sing Ta na na
Ta na na na
She got diamonds on the soles of her shoes,
ta na na
Ta na na na
She got diamonds on the soles of her shoes,
Diamonds on the soles of her shoes

People say she's crazy
She got diamonds on the soles of her shoes,
Well that's one way to lose these
Walking blues,
Diamonds on the soles of her shoes,

She was physically forgotten
but then she, slipped into my pocket
With my car keys,
She said you've taken me for granted
Because I please you
Wearing these dia-monds,

And I could say Oo oo oo,
As if everybody knows
What I'm talking about,
As if everybody here would know
Exactly what I was talking about,
Talking about diamonds on the soles of her shoes,

She makes the sign of a teaspoon
He makes the sign of a wave,
The poor boy changes clothes
And puts on after-shave,
To compensate for his ordinary shoes,

And she said honey take me dancing
But they ended up by sleeping
In a doorway,
By the bodegas and the lights on
Upper Broadway,
Wearing diamonds on the soles of their shoes,

And I could say Oo oo oo
and if everybody here would know
What I was talking about
I mean everybody here would know exactly
What I was talking about
Talking about diamonds,

People say I'm crazy
I got diamonds on the soles of my shoes yeah,
Well that's one way to lose
These walking blues,
diamonds on the soles of my shoes

Now this last song...on the remastered copy there is a previously unreleased version of this song which I ESPECIALLY love! It is just Simon and back up vocals with only one instrument playing along: Bakithi Kumalo from South Africa just poppin' & slidin' along on his fretless the man can GROOVE! I know I've raved about Graceland before, but seeing the comments at Amazon of people just breaking out in dance while working around the house listening to this music makes me smile and want to boogie-woogie right now!

And for me here is the take-home message of Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes:

*I* can celebrate the DIAMONDS on the soles of MY shoes!

*WE ALL* have DIAMONDS on the Soles of OUR Shoes!

Some of us just don't KNOW it yet...!

And today I'm just shouting out gratitude to my SparkFamily for helping me to find my *DIAMONDS* and sending out to all you newbies my fond wishes expectations and anticipation of YOUR discovery of the Diamonds on the Soles of YOUR Shoes! Woo hoo!

Have a SPARKIN' Day Everyone!


ps...I'm sitting on some BIGTIME, GREAT news which I can't share just yet, for fear of jinxing myself...stay tuned...
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    Wow! Now you've got me curious...
    Thanks for the reminder too that we need to celebrate our own diamond soled shoes!
    2453 days ago
    Hey, thanks, Don, for the links and lyrics. Love the diamonds on the soles of your/our shoes!
    2453 days ago
    Thanks for reminding me it is important to take care of me!
    2453 days ago
  • KELLI9001
    Putting me first was (is) something that's hard to. Although, I have learned recently that if I am not here, I can't be there for anyone else. Thanks for the reminder!!
    2454 days ago
  • L*I*T*A*
    great song lyrics and wonderful reminder..............
    thanks for sharing..........
    looking forward to your news!!!
    blessings and hugs..............lita
    2454 days ago
    Every flight they tell you to put on your oxygen first THEN help the other person! Waiting for your big news... Hope it all works out for you! I read your quote from The Spark to my hubby yesterday while we were traveling home from visiting my mother. emoticon He didn't say much but I think he was listening.

    Happy Friday...we're getting fat fluffy flakes now. Ei yi yi!

    Cindy in snowy Indiana
    2454 days ago
    Thanks for the great thoughts. I really appreciate it! It comes at a good time for me! I have been worrying to much about someone else and it hasn't been worth it. Really have to get moving on. I know that there are better things for me. At least I have to believe that! I'm going to make it! With diamonds on the soles of my heart.
    emoticon Karen
    2454 days ago
  • FRECKS96
    Great Reminder, Thanks! It is so important to put ourselves first, or we'll never be able to do everything we need to.

    Can't wait to hear your news!
    2454 days ago
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