"There is ecstasy in paying attention." -Anne Lamott
The skater kid in me is freaking out. @tonyhawk just tweeted a video that has my song in it. #welcometothemotion
Full band show this Friday. Yep, you heard that right. #rocknroll
Prayer is the antidote for the disease of self confidence. — John Piper
I think New Years resolutions are beautiful. They are filled with hope, ambition, and redemption. But I also feel jaded towards them, because I know very well my own tendency to throw in the towel. My endless pursuits leave me sleep-deprived and always short on time, struggling to simply break even. Some days even the smallest tasks feel overwhelming, and it’s hard to roll my stubborn frame out of bed. I know I’m not alone, though. As I slide lattes across the Starbucks counter and travel around singing my songs, I realize the same struggles are shared with every person I connect with. It seems the pain of change is often slightly more than that of our discontentment, so we let ourselves exist in a state of human inertia, unable to make a move.
Three years ago I wrote a song called Welcome to the Motion. It was inspired by a dear friend of mine’s mother who battled cancer for years, lost her husband suddenly, and spent her days caring for her eldest daughter who has severe cerebral palsy. Despite these obstacles in her life, this woman was one of the most courageous and joyful people I ever knew. She told me once, “It’s hard to get out of bed some days, but I’m not going to lay around and feel sorry for myself. I want to live every day until I die.”
So I told myself to stop just existing and start living life. Everything is a gift - every season, experience, situation, relationship and conversation. I don’t want to lay around and let it all pass me by.
We all want to be whole, we all want our lives to have meaning. We make New Years resolutions because we’re tired of the way things have been, and we want to become more purposeful and intentional with our time. We’re tired of just standing still. We’re ready to endure the discomfort of change for the joy that lies beyond our state of human inertia. Let us endlessly pursue our hearts’ desires and continue to grow in spite of the letdowns and discouragements.
I want to build, don’t want to just stand still.
Let there be progress in my bones.
Progress, and not just maintenance.