Have you ever had a song pop into your head out of the blue? It gets stuck there and you just can't seem to shake it. It just keeps going around and around in your head until it makes your mind begin to wander...
Unfortunately this is when past mistakes, past hurts, past anxieties and fears manage to come to the forefront! The triggers are ever so slight, but very effective.
I had a lapse in time today. I couldn't shake the song in my head and then it got me thinking. Except my thoughts were all over the place and I was in danger of going to that dark place that always seemed to engulf me. Only this time it was different. I refused to give into it. A prayer, a determination and an email from a friend, made me realize the importance of friendships and the encouragement they bring, the love and support of family, AND the strength I get from a God who loves me unconditionally. I didn't concentrate so much on the past in terms of setbacks but as as a catalyst to a better future. Wisdom is a wonderful thing. It helps you make better choices and keeps you safe. What have I learned from my past? And how can I apply it now? Wishing I knew then what I know now doesn't help much unless I actually begin to use what I've learned in the here and now.
All these wandering thoughts eventually started me thinking about what I was trying to achieve today, this week and the weeks to come. I have, at my fingertips, the tools and the support I need to succeed right here on this website, with my family and with Christ, through whom I can do all things - Philippians 4:13
I always thought of life as a trampoline - the harder you hit the higher you go! Maybe that's why the song kept swirling in my head causing me to hum through my exercise routine and while I went about my day today. The song? Jump rope by Blue October - here are just a few lines to get you humming too. Good luck to all of us in this journey!
Jump Rope by Blue October
Remember how you used to say
"you couldn't wait till tomorrow for a brand new day"
No fuss when ya had to ride the bus
You could add a little blush
Just to paralyze your school crush
Now your older and the weight upon your shoulder
Makes the world a little colder
No more hidin in the old days
Don't give up hope
It will get hard
Cause life's like a jump rope
Up down when it gets hard remember life's like a jump rope
I want to tell you that everything will be okay
That everything will eventually turn itself to gold
Keep pushin through it all
Don't follow, lead the way
Don't lose yourself or your hope
Remember life's like a jump rope