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Alive in the World!

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

OMG! Just listening to Jackson Browne's Solo Acoustic Vol. 2 album for the first time and this song just jumped out at me! It captures SO WELL my current struggles and themes!!! I just had to share it in case it may resonate for some of you out there!!

Jackson Browne - Alive in the World

I want to live in the world,
not inside my head
I want to live in the world,
I want to stand and be counted
With the hopeful and the willing
With the open and the strong
With the voices in the darkness
Fashioning daylight out of song
And the millions of lovers
Alive in the world

I want to live in the world,
not behind some wall
I want to live in the world,
where I will hear if another voice should call
To the prisoner inside me
To the captive of my doubt
Who among his fantasies harbors
the dream of breaking out
And taking his chances
Alive in the world

To open my eyes and wake up alive in the world
To open my eyes and fully arrive in the world

With its beauty and its cruelty
With its heartbreak and its joy
With it constantly giving birth to life
and to forces that destroy
And the infinite power of change
Alive in the world

To open my eyes and wake up alive in the world
To open my eyes and fully arrive in the world
To open my eyes and wake up alive in the world
To open my eyes and fully arrive in the world

Here's an Amazon link to download the mp3 of this song for 99 cents!

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    Don, that is such a beautiful song! It filled up my SOUL!! Perfect words and truly inspired me today!!
    Thank you for sharing it! I will have to download this song!
    Blessings to you and thank you for my flowers and words of encouragement!
    3712 days ago
    It's a beautiful thing to see your spirit being healed and watch as you let go of the fearful part of yourself. We who have been bigger all our lives and "unacceptable" to some people really do build up some serious scar tissue, don't we? I guess I just realized that along with the extra fat, we are also removing that scar tissue, too. It won't go completely away, but I don't think it should. It will help us be kinder and gentler when we recognize that pain in another's eyes.

    It goes without saying that you have always been supremely acceptable, but only the special people could recognize one of their own.
    3717 days ago
    Even at 50+ years of age, I'm still working on finding who I am...! It's such a process. I recently came across a song you might appreciate. As I listened to it I was overwhelmed with grief and excitement all at once: it captured my ongoing struggles so WELL!

    Somebody actually KNEW what I was going through!

    Without my weight, it's time for me to realize that it is truly safe to come out into the world and be as genuine and true to myself as I can. I've always so heavily censored myself in the past, especially the more child-like, fun-loving, spontaneous part of myself. Always out of poor self-esteem...fat boys can't be carefree, must always be on the lookout for ways to be acceptable to others! Because I certainly wasn't acceptable just as I was, without conditions...

    I can't remember when a song has shaken me so much! Really opened my eyes to what I've been working on UNDERNEATH all the weight loss and healthy lifestyle pursuits! It's beginning to dawn on me that so many things I've censored from my life I can now pursue if I choose.

    So this song has become my new mantra...beyond losing weight and living a healthy lifestyle, I am going to do my best to be

    Alive In The World!
    3718 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/16/2008 9:18:47 AM
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