Play the tape all the way through

Happy Monday everyone! Late to the Monday party, I know but the sentiment is still the same! My day has been full of revelations and coffee! Surprised? You shouldn’t be. My day started off like any other day really; woke up, watched a couple episodes of Dr. Who, went outside and sat in my new awesome comfy outside chair and drank my coffee and doodled in my new purse-sized notebook I got last night specifically for doodling and jotting down ideas for writing so I wouldn’t get so overwhelmed! But the hubsters had an awesome idea to put a makeshift barrier so we could let the furkids, minus the jazzcat, out with us. They loved it! They smelled the flowers, the lovely potted daisies that the hubsters got for me for Easter, boy furkid almost got attacked by a humming bird, and girl furkid got attention like she wanted and enjoyed people watching. We sat out there listening to Matchbox Twenty Radio on Pandora for nearly 2 hours, he was playing games and I was watching the furkids and just enjoying being outside. It was much to pretty of a day to be cooped up inside the whole time.

So, as I was drinking my coffee, some of the best ideas were coming to me. But then, a song I haven’t heard in forever comes on the radio. I post part of a lyric┬áto it as my status on Facebook and several people like it. But then, my cousin comes in with the rest of the lyric which is exactly what I wanted someone to do since the part that I posted did seem pretty depressing. But she comes through for me, that amazing cousin of mine. Not only that though, she then posts another comment with words of encouragement as if she thinks I’m going through something difficult. I’m not. I’m in one of the best moods I think I’ve been in in a very long time. I appreciate the heartfelt words from her, but I did not mean to give off that vibe because it certainly does not match my mood.

Okay, so now I’m sure you’re all wondering what the song was and what the lyrics that we posted were. The song was Absolutely (Story of a Girl) by Nine Days. It’s an oldie but a goodie. Did I mention we were listening to Matchbox Twenty radio? I’m fairly certain they were all oldies but goodies. In fact I’m still listening to it, been listening all day and it’s been great for my soul. Anyway, the lyric I posted as my status was “This is the story of a girl who cried a river and drowned the whole world” which then my cousin posted “And while she looked so sad in photographs, I absolutely love her when she smiles.” Awwww, right? Yeah, we are cute cousins. But then, like I said, she posted another comment with encouraging words. Some of those words being “play that tape all the way through girlfriend…”, which of course stuck out to me. Instant light bulb. How many of us are stuck on the first part of the lyric in our lives? I know I was and will probably be again one of these days, but man, I’m gonna do like my cousin said. Play the whole song, don’t just get stuck on repeat on the first part.

You see, maybe that is what was going on with me and what is going on with so many people. We get so focused on the sad, the difficult, the negative… the “cried a river and drowned the whole world” part that we don’t even get to the positive, the awesome things ahead… the “I absolutely love her when she smiles” part.

Something else to think about, as we have all heard numerous times before I’m sure, is that we have the down times to make the good ones that much better, make us appreciate them that much more. Whatever the case may be, I don’t want to miss out on the best part of the song.

XoxoX
Jess

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