Choose Your Path Well
There are times during our short journey through life that we become disillusioned, unhappy with the direction that we are headed. Each of us has the ability, if not the courage, to change direction, to take another path if we so choose.
When I find myself starting to feel dissatisfied with a part of my life, I try to step back and put it all in perspective. More often than not, it boils down to attitude. If you let something bother you and don’t take steps to alleviate the trouble, it can slowly grow to affect other aspects of life.
I once had a friend who was a preacher, and his favorite axiom was to “Live with an attitude of gratitude.” My preacher friend and I may have had our differences, but on that matter we were in total agreement. An appreciation for the things in your life that make it worthwhile can you help to see how meaningless many of the small irritations are. As I get older, I believe I am becoming a more patient person. It’s either that or I just don’t give a damn about as many inconsequential troubles. I’m happy with my lot in life. Sure, this road I have chosen has a few potholes, they all do, but with some good tunes and good companions one hardly notices the bumps in the road.
Music has a profound effect on one’s attitude. The psychological effect of music has been known for several millenniums. There is truth in the old adage that “music soothes the savage beast.” Muzak founded an entire industry based on the power of music to persuade.
As most of you know, I have been working very long hours for the past six months. I enjoy what I do for a living, but I abhor that it is occupying so much of my life right now. I need an attitude adjustment, so for the rest of the week I’ll try to post a few of songs that have a way of smoothing the path and lifting the clouds.
The Carter Family collected a few songs from the mountains that are just what the doctor ordered.