There is great wisdom in the lyrics of many songs. In the song “Simple Man” by Lynyrd Skynyrd, a mother shares her wishes for her only son. There is great truth in her words (if you haven’t listened to this song in a while, listen to it here). Words that have meaning for me, include:
“Take your time, don’t live too fast.”
We lose so much by living life fast, including the ability to be truly present for ourselves and those we love most. We react to life instead of responding to it. We fail to fully experience and appreciate the moment we are in. We miss how beautiful life can be.
“Troubles will come and they will pass.”
Troubles are part of life. No one is immune. Accepting them, working through them and learning from them, is the best we can do. Getting stuck in or resisting them, doesn’t serve anyone well.
“Go find a woman and you’ll find love.”
In this era of divorce and independence, I think many of us have forgotten the value of real love and deep connection. I’m not sure there is anything more worthwhile than sharing life intimately with another human being.
“Don’t forget son, there is someone up above.”
Whether you believe in God, a higher power or some life force bigger and grander than you are, a certain peace comes with this belief. To me, it’s about surrendering, trusting life, and ultimately, believing that everything will be okay.
“Be a simple, kind of man. Be something, you love and understand.”
We don’t need to be big and grand and loud. Neither does our life. Knowing and loving who we are, and being true to that, is what’s important. To do otherwise, is the greatest of tragedies.
“Forget your lust, for the rich man’s gold. All that you need is in your soul.”
Money and material possessions can make life more comfortable, but they’re not at the core of what really sustains us. What really matters are things like love, connection, making a difference, inner peace and true happiness – things that money can’t buy.
“You can do this, if you try.”
We can do so much, simply by trying, putting one foot in front of the other. To try, however, takes courage. Failure is always possible. We gain nothing, however, by taking no action at all.
“All that I want for you my son, is to be satisfied.”
Isn’t that what we all want at the end of the day, for ourselves and for our children, to be satisfied. What makes you feel happy, content, satisfied? What makes your children feel this way? I want that for you and for them.
“Don’t you worry. You’ll find yourself. Follow your heart and nothing else.”
Your heart provides guidance like no other. Be still, listen and dare to let it take you where it will.
Lead a simple life. Slow down. Accept what is. Love deeply. Trust in God (a higher power, the universe). Know and love yourself. Focus on what matters. Try. Let your heart lead the way.